Soap Cup Lid was not opening during main wash cycle

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

David From Carlisle, PA

Jun 01, 2012

Very easy. Disconnect power to the dishwasher via a breaker or fuse. Open the door and remove just the 4 screws on the inside lip of the door. Do not remove the screws hoding the closing brackets. Remove the front glass and chrome panel between the control panel and the kick panel. This will give you access to the soap cup and bi-metal. Remove the one retaining screw and remove the bi-metal,taking note of the position of the wires. Remove the wires, by grasping the connectors (I used needle nose pliers for this), not the wires, and re-intsall them on the new bi-metal. Re-install bi-metal on soap cup assembly, "cock" the release lever by closing the soap cup cover and manually trip the bi-metal to make sure it will release the lever and open the cover. Re-install the front panel with screws. Restore power and test appliance.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Soap Cup Bi-Metal

Part Number: PS354854

In Stock