Have you just gone to unload your dishwasher, only to find the pots and pans are still as dirty as they were when they went in, and that the soap is clogged in the soap dispenser? If so, there’s a good chance you have a fault with your soap dispenser, and this will need replacing.
Thankfully replacing a faulty soap dispenser on your dishwasher is a relatively straightforward repair job which you’ll be able to do yourself by following the steps below. By taking the time to carry out the repair, not only will you save money in the short and long term, but you’ll also have a fully functioning dishwasher once again.
Step 1: As with any DIY task, the 1st step is to ensure that you have the correct tools and parts to hand. To remove and replace the soap dispenser from your washing machine the only real tool that you’ll require is a crosshead screwdriver. You also need to make sure the appliance is switched off and unplugged, as this will prevent any accidents.
Step 2: With the dishwasher empty, remove the bottom tray before undoing the screws around the door. When undoing the screws make sure you hold the two parts of the dishwasher door together, to prevent any unnecessary damage.
Step 3: Now the door has been separated, you’ll be able to see the wires which connect to the control panel.
To remove the soap dispenser, you’ll need to disconnect these wires – and before doing so, it is a good idea to take a picture of how the wires are connected. The picture should then be used as a reference point when putting the dishwasher back together later on.
Once the picture has been taken, disconnect the wires by simply giving them a quick pull.
Step 4: At this point, you should now have unrestricted access to the back of the soap dispenser, which is held in by roughly six screws and a metal clip.
Undo the screws and remove the clip so that the soap dispenser becomes loose, with this done pull the soap dispenser out of the dishwasher.
Step 5: With the soap dispenser removed, you can fix the new dispenser by reversing the steps above, taking your time to ensure all screws are tightly fastened and the wires reconnected correctly. Taking your time to ensure the parts are fitted correctly will help prevent any further faults occurring later down the line.
With your new dishwasher soap dispenser fitted and the door reassembled, your dishwasher is ready to be put into action once again. But remember not to overfill it, as this could lead to other parts becoming damaged and your dishwasher not working to its full potential.
See how easy it is to carry out the repair yourself by watching our video below.
If you need any dishwasher spare parts or accessories to keep your appliance running, or advice on how to repair rather than replace your appliance – you’ll be able to find it via the BuySpares website.