Soap Not Dissolving in Dishwasher

Jerry's Appliance
October 7, 2019
Dishwasher Repair

A dishwasher is an essential appliance in helping keep on top of dirty dishes without spending a lot of time washing them, but if the soap isn’t dissolving in the dispenser, are they really getting clean? It could be that your dishwasher isn’t getting the right amount of water into the system to dissolve the soap. You will need a drill bit or screwdriver of 1/4 inch and an electrical current meter. 

Removing the Front Panel

To check to see if this is the problem, remove the bottom front panel. You’ll need to use a ¼ inch drill bit or screwdriver to remove the 4 screws. Once the screws are out you can remove the panel. You should see the motor, thermostat, and other parts of the dishwasher.

Testing the Appliance

Once you have the panel off, turn the dishwasher on to a rinse cycle and wait to see if you hear water running into the dishwasher. If you are unsure if the water is circulating or not, you can open the dishwasher. If it is dry, water is not entering the appliance. Water should be in the appliance by the time the wash motor turns on.

Checking the Connections

If there is no water, drain the dishwasher. While it is draining, check the water valve to see if it is getting 120 volts ac electricity using an electric meter. If this is receiving the right amount of voltage, then the valve is not opening properly to allow water into the machine. This means it will need a new water fill valve.

Calling a Professional

It is best to call a certified repairman at this point, to assure that the right part is used and that is installed correctly. Contact us with any questions.

Putting it Back Together

To put the panel back on, line the screw holes on the panel up with the holes on the machine and then use the drill or screwdriver to put the screws back in. Do not screw one completely in at a time, it’s best to put them partially in until you make sure they are lined up correctly.

This repair suggestion is for an MDB6650AWB Maytag Built-In Dishwasher.


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