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Old 04-18-2017, 10:35 AM   #1
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GE Dishwasher GLD6500, soap door doesn't open


Our dishwasher is 10 years old, but the first owner rarely used it, and we don't use it all that much; so it is younger than 10 years.

The door that holds the detergent didn't open yesterday. We reran it, but it still didn't open. This has happened twice before, and it eventually started working again. One of these times, perhaps now, it won't start working again.

Anything to be done? Thanks

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Old 04-18-2017, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: GE Dishwasher GLD6500, soap door doesn't open


I have a Whirlpool with a similar problem. In this case, the spring that holds the detergent door open or closed gets jammed up with soap scum, food debris, etc.

Try cleaning the whole inside of your dishwasher door, and the detergent door. Make a past of vinegar and baking soda, and slop it on real good over the moving parts of the detergent door. Let is soak in and then scrape or wash away the residue. Scrape carefully with like a popsicle stick, not a knife, so as to not damage anything.

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Old 04-19-2017, 07:04 PM   #3
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Re: GE Dishwasher GLD6500, soap door doesn't open


I didn't think much of the idea, but decided to try it before trying to remove the front panel.
It worked! Well, at least tonight...

Thanks for your help.
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