Failed to open detergent door for Wash Cycle - intermittent problem

ApplianceKenmore Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Michael From Arlington, TX

Sep 06, 2012

(1) Remove lower 6-torx screws around outer inside edge of door (you do not need to remove the top torx screw as they house the control assembly. (2) Remove the outer door panel seperating it from the inside door insulation. (3) Locate the detergent dispenser and remove 6 hex screws, 2 solenoid wires and additional connector on the top right of the dispenser (rinse cycle). (4) If applicable, tape the connector you removed to the dishwasher panel as it will not be used with the new dispenser. (5) Insert the new detergent dispenser, making sure that it fits properly so that it does not leak. (5) Connect the solenoid wires. (6) With the front door panel still removed run through one wash cycle to ensure that there are no leaks around the dispenser. (7) When you are sure that there are no leaks, reinsert the door panel and tighten the torx screws.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Detergent Dispenser (Now subbed to Detergent and Rinse Aid Dispenser)

Part Number: PS973797

In Stock