Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser

A dishwasher detergent dispenser, as the name suggests, holds the dishwashing detergent and releases it at the appropriate time during the dishwashing cycles. The detergent dispenser should not be confused with the rinse aid dispenser which is often located close by but serves a different purpose in the dishwasher unit.

There are different parts that make up the detergent dispenser, including the door, a latch and a spring. Most often, a bimetallic switch is part of the dispenser which allows the dispenser to pop open automatically and release the soap. In some dishwashers, the detergent dispenser is opened mechanically.

Before Buying a New Detergent Dispenser

In the case of automatic dispensers, it is possible that only the bimetallic switch will need to be replaced. In that case, a switch usually costs under $10. If the whole dispenser needs to be replaced, it can cost up to $60

Before replacing a dishwasher detergent dispenser, try the following solutions to get your dispenser to work better:

  • Try a different kind of detergent. Detergent dispensers sometimes work better with liquid or dry detergent depending on the model of the unit.
  • Thoroughly clean the inside of the dispenser to make sure there is no dried on soap blocking any of the mechanisms.
  • Take of the front panel of the dishwasher and clean the dispenser from the other side to make sure there is not dried on soap blocking any of the mechanisms.
  • Remove the dispenser door. The detergent will flow into the dishwasher earlier than it is supposed to, but the dishes will still get clean.

Who Makes Detergent Dispensers