Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

PartSelect Number PS2097161

This motor is for the rinse aid and detergent cup actuation.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Will not dispense detergent or Jet Dry.
  • Door latch failed.
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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

Tools

CustomerMichael from Novato CA

Soap dispenser failed to open

First I removed door liner with Torx driver. Then I cleaned out the dispenser mechanism. I found that the waxmotor snapped out. I disconnected the two wires and reattached the new motor. I then snapped the motor back in place. Worked like a charm.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerBrad from York ME

Dispenser door would not open

Attempted repair was quick & simple. Removed 7 torx screws, and then pulled the wax motor out of its holder. Pulled 2 wires off, and replaced old motor with new motor. Reattached wires, & reassembled.
Only problem was this did not fix the problem, so back to square one, but worth a shot.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver

CustomerRichard from Munster IN

Detergent door would not open

Repair was simple and effective. Took out 7 torx screws, and then pulled the wax motor out of its holders. Pulled 2 wires off, remembering which went where, and replaced old motor with new motor. Reattached wires, put screws back in, and it works great again! The other reviews were very helpful!

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerNancy from Bay Minette AL

Dispenser door would not open

My husband thinks I'm the smartest wife ever! He's telling all his friends how I got online to research the problem (thanks to your readers and DIY comments!), diagnosed it, ordered the parts and - voila - clean dishes once again! It's like everyone said, remove inside of the door by removing 7 torx screws, dismantle wiring -remember to note what connects to what - pop out old parts, easily insert new ones (that arrived in record time!), reconnect wiring, replace door and you're done. Replacing the reservoir o-ring also stopped the leaking problem that preceded the door issue. Thanks PartSelect!

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Socket set

CustomerPETER from CROWN POINT IN

Detergent cup failed to open

Originally the dishwasher started to leak. I determined that it was coming from the door and upon further inspection found that the latch for the detergent cup seal was bad. I replaced that and the leak stopped however the lid would not open to dispense the detergent. So I also replaced the wax motor to correct that as well.

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerBrad from Austin TX

Detergent door wouldn't open

I used a voltmeter to see if 120 volts was present at the right time in the cycle; it was, so the actuator was the likely culprit. I ordered one on a Monday afternoon about 2:30, and it appeared on my doorstep Tuesday, shortly after noon! It took less than 15 minutes to replace the actuator - removing the 7 Phillips-head screws, lifting the panel, popping out the upper actuator, removing the two wires, putting them on the new actuator, popping it in and putting the panel back on. Worked like a charm. Happy wife . . .

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation
  • GROMMET

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerMike from Medinah IL

Detergent door not opening

Replaced wax motor. Since the latch grommet seal was nearby I replaced that also. That seal can cause significant door leaks and I had replaced it 5 years ago. It is easier to take the entire assembly off of the door and clean it. Be careful not to break the plastic linkages. To test the repair, you must let the dishwasher go through the entire wash cycle. Simply advancing the timer won't test it as the motor takes 1-2 minutes to fully extend and open the door. The door opens on fill number 3 of 4.

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerChester from Haines City FL

Jet dry rinse was not dispencing

Removed screws from inside door cover to remove old wax motor.Replaced w/new motor. P.S. had to remove lock nut on jet dry tank to remove it.
Chester Clapp

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerG. A. from Holly Lake Ranch TX

Door would not open to release detergent.

I removed the inside panel and discovered the actuator was caked with detergent and was not working. I replaced the cover and ordered a new motor. The new actuator arrived about a week later and I installed it in about two minutes.
No more problems.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

Tools

CustomerTom from R.S.M. CA

The detergent cup would not open

I ordered the Wax Motor for the Detergent Cup. The install was simple. Unscrew about 7 or so torx screws and the lid opens up. Do not pull it off as it is attached to another device with wires. With the door laying down (fully open) there is enough room to pull the plastic door. The wax motor comes out when you bend two plastic built in clips. There are two wires attached. Remove them one by one and put them on the new wax motor while it is aligned in the same direction. Once the two wires are reinstalled, pop the motor back in it and make sure it is securely in place. Align the plastic inner portion of the door and screw the seven or so torx screws back in. Simple as that!

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Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set

CustomerJohn from Lansdale PA

Dishes not getting clean, loud grinding noise during drain cycle, would not fill after first fill cycle and would not sanitize.

Since I did not orig. order a fill valve I bought one locally(at twice your price) and after installing it the dishwasher worked. I then continued to install the pump motor housing and the wax motor for the soap dispenser.
The dishwasher now works great, is quiet, the dishes are clean and sanitized.

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerMichael from Hayward CA

Soap dispenser would not open

As others here had described the repair as Really Easy, I decided to try it. Using a torx screwdriver, I removed the screws holding the inside door panel to get to the wax motor. The wax motor was held in place with a plastic clip and attached to the electrical connection with clips. Removal was a snap, as was putting in the new one. Noted that the rinse agent dispenser uses another identical wax motor. I had purchased the spring just in case but did not need to replace it. Reattached the panel and everything works just great !

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerChristopher from Bloomfield NJ

Detergent door not opening correctly

I removed six screws from the inside of the door panel and lifted up the panel to access the Wax Motor. I disconnected the two wires from the bottom of the motor and unclipped the motor from the panel. I reconnected the two wires to the new motor, installed the new motor, which just clips into place. I Reattached the door panel using the six screws. Everything is working fine again.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

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Customerchristopher from levittown NY

Soap was not being dispensed

removed inside door cover and replaced wax motors

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsScrew drivers, Socket set

CustomerS. Paul from Williamsburg VA

Noise from dishwasher indicated wax motor problem

The repair was not successful. Once the dishwash door panels were removed (quite easy), I found that instead of separate wax motors for the detergent and "sparkling" liquid dispensers, the KitchenAid "Whisper" Quiet Ultima model has a sealed unit with all the motors inside. Repair would require the replacement of the sealed dispenser unit ($168). Hence, the wax motors in their original seal packaging were returned to the PartSelect warehouse.

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