Dispenser lid would not open

ApplianceAmana Dishwasher

ModelDDW361RAW

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver

Douglas From Pottstown, PA

Jul 16, 2007

15 out of 20 people found this instruction helpful

The wax motor seemed to work.
At first I thought something was broken and I tried to figure out the "theory of operation" Working the actuator of the wax motor, I COULD NOT GE THE LATCH TO MOVE THE WAY I THOUGHT IT SHOULD. I ASSUMED EITHER IT WAS BROKEN IN SOME WAY I COULD NOT DETECT OR THERE WAS A FLAW IN ITS DESIGN!

It took a long time to figure out the latch would not be worked open unless it was actually holding the lid- this positions the latch at "half mast" and allows the mechanism to "pick it up from there" and open the rest of the way. So once I figured that out, I concluded the failure was really just worn out parts that were out of tolerance for how this "half mast" position and opening was supposed to work. So I ordered all fresh pieces just to be sure, assembled it (very easy) and put it in (easy). It all works fine now.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation (Now subbed to Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation)

Part Number: PS2097161

$21.41
In Stock

USE WPL 99001287 (Now subbed to Soap Dispenser Pivot)

Part Number: PS2098962

$3.82
In Stock

USE WPL 99001289 (Now subbed to SLIDER)

Part Number: PS2098964

$3.82
In Stock

Dispenser Latch (Now subbed to Detergent Dispenser Latch - White)

Part Number: PS2098966

$3.96
In Stock

Detergent Cup Lid Spring (Now subbed to Detergent Cup Lid Spring)

Part Number: PS2202563

$3.76
In Stock