My detergent dispenser doesn't open during the wash cycle. I noticed the seal on the dispenser cover is deteriorating a bit. Could that be part of it? At what point in the cycle should it open?
Answer Hello Patti,
It is possible that the seal on the dispenser cover could keep door from opening but usually not likely. The unit will open the dispenser door at the beginning of the main wash cycle. If you put on normal it would fill and wash 2 times and on the 3rd fill is when the door is supposed to open. You can check voltage to the dispenser to see if it is getting proper power to allow door to open. If proper power is at dispenser then you would need to replace the dispenser assembly. You would check between white/orange and gray wires on the dispenser for 120vac. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
My dishwasher dispenser won't open when the wash cycle comes on.
Answer Hello Peter,
There are quite a few configurations in the dishwasher dispensers. Without a model number all I can do is advise to check the dispenser mechanism for voltage when it should open in the wash cycle. If voltage is there, replace the mechanism, (motor, wax motor, solenoid, etc...), and if there is no voltage, change the timer or control board. If you could re-post with a model number we can be more specific in the diagnosis, right down to the terminals and wire colors you need to check.