The soap dispenser latch broke and the soap door would not stay closed.

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Michael From Boyds, MD

May 02, 2014

Electricity to the dishwasher was turned off at the electrical panel. I removed two screws from the bottom plate where the dishwasher meets the floor. I removed another bottom plate that had insulation attached to it that was behind the first plate. I also removed 6 screws from the inside of the dishwasher front panel. The screws are located along the edge of each side of the front panel. Once these screws were removed I was able to remove the front panel that acts as a cover for the outside of the dishwasher. With the front panel removed I noticed there was a bracket holding the soap dispenser in place attached by 6 very small screws. These had to be carefully removed so as not to strip them. With the bracket removed it appeared I could pop out the soap dispenser unit from the dishwasher door. However there were two small metal tabs that kept the soap dispenser in place. These needed to be gently pried up to free the dispenser unit. Before removing the old soap dispenser I unplugged the electrical connector that was attached to it. Once the old soap dispenser was removed I popped the new one in until the little metal tabs clicked it into place. The electrical connector was attached to the new soup dispenser. I re-attached the bracket that held the soap dispenser in place using the 6 teeny tiny screws and attached the front facing cover by putting the 6 edge screws back in. The two panels found near the bottom of the unit were re-attached. Turned the juice back on from the electrical panel and ran the dishwasher as a test. I monitored for leaks and functionality of the new soap dispenser. Repair complete.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Detergent Dispenser with Rinse Aid Cap (Now subbed to Detergent Dispenser)

Part Number: PS3500202

In Stock