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Why Won’t My Dishwasher Dispense Detergent?

Without detergent, your dishes remain dirty and greasy, and you’ll never be satisfied with your wash cycle. There are a few reasons as to why your detergent isn’t dispensing; see if you can get to the bottom of the problem with these tips.

If you’d rather have a reliable technician to take over your dishwasher repair in Langley, give our team a call. With our years of experience, same-day repair, and licensed professionals, you will definitely be satisfied with our services. Here are 6 reasons your dishwasher may not be dispensing detergent;

Detergent and Rinse Aid Dispensers: The dispenser drops detergent into the dishwasher tub during wash cycles. It consists of an unsealed and sealed component for prewash and the main wash respectively. First, make sure that the dispenser is full. Next check to make sure that the dispenser isn’t clogged and clean it if you find anything blocking the exit. The dispenser cover should be easy to open and should be replaced or fixed if there is any damage.

Rinse Aid Cap: This piece is located on the inner door panel of the washer. Remove the cap and inspect for any signs of damage. The cap might not be fitted on due to it being previously loosened or damaged by wash cycles. Replace the cap if the rinse cap can not be properly fitted.

Door Hinge and Hinge Pin: The reason why your machine might not be dispensing detergent is because of the door hinge and pin. Check that the spring and pin aren’t damaged or broken, and replace if necessary. If the catch keeping the door closed isn’t releasing, inspect the timer, the bi-metal release, or wax motor for any irregularities or damage.

Bi-Metal Release: Older models will use a bi-metal release to release the detergent dispenser door catch. This component releases through an electrical current. Check that the bi-metal release power is being activated at the right time. If not, the bi-metal release should be replaced.

Wax Motor: The purpose of the wax motor is to release the detergent dispenser door catch. The detergent won’t be released if the wax motor doesn’t let the detergent door release. The wax motor is similar to a solenoid when activated, and the piston proceeds to release the door catch. Like the bi-metal release, check that the wax motor is being activated at the right time. If not, the wax motor should be replaced.

Timer: Other models will use a timer to open the detergent dispenser. During the cycle, the door catch should release the detergent after the timer activates. Check that the timer cam and the connection between the timer and door catch are functional. Otherwise, replace whatever is defective.

Still not sure what the problem is with your dishwasher and would rather have a professional look at the problem? Call Quick Appliance Repair at (604) 259-5946 or  to book an appointment online today!

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