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

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerDavid from Glen Rock PA

Detergent door would not open

removed the screws on the door cover on the inside. removed the cover. unhooked the wires to the motor, removed the motor and replaced with the new motor and connected the wires. Placed the cover back on and put in the screws. The detergent cup now works.

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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

CustomerJohn from Mission Viejo CA

Soap dispenser wouldn't open

You need a torq screwdriver for this repair.

I removed the 7 torq screws from the inside of the door, removed the 2 wires to the wax motor; replaced the wax motor; rewired it and then screwed the door back on. I'm not very mechanical but this was easy and saved a lot of money over having a repairman come out.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerWilliam from Divide CO

Detergent cup would not activate

Removed the inside door panel, Removed the two wires and removed the activator. Installed the new activator in reverse. Problem: the new activator did not work. used external leads and applied 125 Volts to activator leads and still did not work. I ordered a replacement activator, order #1846925 which also did not work. The original and both replacement activators have a measured resistance of about 2 KOhms. I disassembled the original unit and found the plunger to be stuck in the coil. I suspect the coil form has aged and is the reason none of he units work.

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerMarie from San Diego CA

Soap dispenser would not open

Opened the panel holding the soap dispenser (removed 9 screws). Removed one wire from the wax motor and replaced that wire with the same wire from the new part, and then removed the second (last) wire from old part and removed the old part and placed the second wire from the new part on the respective spot for that wire. Closed the panel and screwed in the screws and have run the dishwasher 5 times and it works great!

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerLeon from Midland MI

Soap door failed to open during many ( not all) loads

Reading other do-it-yourselfer's accounts helped me know this repair was relatively easy.

Removed seven torx head screws around the panel inside the door, snapped the old Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation out and pulled firmly to remove wires. Attached wires to the new one and snapped it in place. Reinstalled screws. The dishwasher has not failed to open the door on a load since then. Mission accomplished for under $25.

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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

CustomerKen from Stacyville IA

Detergent cup not opening during washing

Surprized how fast the part arrived just 2 days I was just guessing that it was the switch not working and that is what I relpaced now it work s
Getting the part right away and getting it working within 2 days made me a hero in my wife's eyes.

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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

CustomerJames from Belle Mead NJ

Soap dispenser door wouldn't open

removed the inner door panel. replaced the wax motor. that's all it took.

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Parts Used

  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

Customerwendell from chisago city MN

Soap dispenser did not automatically open during wash cycle

My dishwasher has always done a fanastic job of cleaning, even dried on food without rinsing. Now it began leaving stains in the cups and the door to the machine was staining too. I was sure the whole thing would need to be replaced. My 'fix-it' husband found your internet site with a little better price on the little motor part needed and it came in just a couple days. The actual cleaning and scrubbing of the dishwasher's surfaces probably took longer than installing the part. It seems to be working great right now, and it's still 18 years old! Thanks, Carole

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  • Wax Motor for Detergent Cup Actuation

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerKyle from Yardley PA

Soap dispenser would not open during cycle

Easy job and I'm no expert!
1. Open the dishwasher door
2. Remove the 8 torx screws holding the back of the door to the front of the door
3. Carefully separate the two
4. Locate the wax motor in question (there were 2 on my unit) and verified it was free to move, the spring action was working properly, etc.
5. Simply unclip the motor, pull the 2 wires, and replace in the same order

Upon the first cycle, we were delighted to find the soap door OPEN and the soap gone! (Whereas before the door would be closed and the soap still inside.)

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