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Thanks for using FixYa. Many dishwashers (but not all) use a BI-metal strip that heats up once power\015\012is applied to it. The BI-metal strip bends and allows the soap door spring to\015\012open up the dispenser. This bi-metal strip is not given full 120 volts power,\015\012the timer "shunts" the power through either the heating element (\015\012most common ) or the motor and this gives the bi-metal strip lower than full\015\012power to work and open.

Most often the bi-metal strip has lost its ability to\015\012bend properly and needs to be replaced. Older Kitchen-aid dishwashers used a mechanical\015\012arm driven by the timer to open the dispenser = no electrical bi-metals. Newer (plastic\015\012liner) Kitchen-aid dishwashers use a wax motor to open the soap dispenser. The plunger inside the wax\015\012motor slowly moves and pushes the plunger and door open. And, if this wax motor\015\012doesn’t receive 120 volts, then it’ll not work.



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