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How to Replace a Whirlpool Dishwasher Soap Dispenser

Andrew Todd

Whirlpool dishwashers have soap dispensers built directly into the doors. Before each load, dishwashing detergent must be inserted into the soap dispenser. The dispenser also must be closed so that the soap does not enter the washing cavity during the machine's pre-rinse cycle. At the appropriate time during the cycle, the dispenser lid automatically opens and the soap is incorporated into the dishwasher. When the dishwasher has gone through many cycles, it is not uncommon for the soap dispenser to stick shut and not release soap. When this happens, you must replace the soap dispenser so that dishes are properly washed.

Replace a Whirlpool Dishwasher Soap Dispenser
  1. Turn off the dishwasher breaker in your home's breaker panel.

  2. Remove screws securing the bottom access panel or panels of the dishwasher. Remove the panel or panels.

  3. Open the dishwasher door and remove the screws found along the inside of the inner panel.

  4. If applicable, remove the screws from the bottom of the dishwasher's door.

  5. Lift the front panel of the dishwasher off the door.

  6. Unclip the cables connected to the old soap dispenser.

  7. Remove the screws securing the dispenser and lower bracket. 

  8. Depress the two tabs on the side of the dispenser and open the dishwasher door to remove the dispenser.

  9. Insert a new dispenser by pushing it firmly into place.

  10. Replace the lower bracket and secure the mounting screws that were removed.

  11. Reconnect the wires to the new dispenser.

  12. Align the outer door panel and then replace the two screws on the bottom, if applicable.

  13. Open the dishwasher door and then replace the screws from the inner panel that were removed.

  14. Close the dishwasher door and then replace the lower access panel or panels, securing them with the mounting screws.

  15. Turn on the dishwasher breaker in your breaker panel to restore power to the dishwasher.