How to Fix Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Door Latch


The dishwasher soap dispenser door latch, as the name implies, is the part of your dishwasher which holds the soap door in place. When the dishwasher soap dispenser door latch breaks, the soap door will not remain locked in place. Instead, it should pop open, causing you to lose your dishwasher liquid and ultimately ruining a pretty good kitchen appliance.

How to Fix Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Door Latch

Suppose your dishwasher’s soap dispenser is not opening when the machine starts without any obvious reasons like it is jammed or the door seal has broken. In that case, there’s a high probability that the problem lies with your soap dispenser door latch (the part of your dishwasher which holds the soap area closed). Today I will discuss how to fix dishwasher soap dispenser door latch.

How Do I Know if My Soap Dispenser Door Latch Is Bad? 

If your dishwasher soap dispenser door isn’t working properly or is making a lot of noise, you may need to replace the latch. This article will explain how to fix your soap dispenser door by replacing the latch.

Check Out These Quick Tips for Identifying if Your Latch Is Bad:

If your dishwasher’s inner spray arm isn’t spinning, it might be because the latch is sticky. To fix this, unload the dishwasher and open it up. Then, remove the spray arm underneath and spray all the parts with hot water. This will loosen any minerals causing the parts to stick together. Finally, dry everything thoroughly and put it back into position. You may need to use a bit of oil on the moving parts to get everything working smoothly again.

If your dishwasher soap dispenser door makes a lot of noise, this could be due to worn plastic rollers not allowing it to close properly. This may also cause the latch (which opens automatically when you lift the door) to fail because of its exposure to water and being banged around the inside of the machine.

To fix this problem, remove all under paneling from below the soap dispenser area and clean out any debris that’s been caught up there; inspect for missing or damaged rollers. If everything looks fine, remove both spring roller pieces and re-attach with a new lubricant such as WD40. 

Step-wise Guide on How to Fix Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Door Latch:

Over time, the dishwasher soap dispenser door latch can wear out due to normal use. However, the replacement cost for a new door latch is about $10–$15, and you can install it in five minutes or less! This article will help you determine if your dishwasher soap dispenser door latch needs replacing and how to replace the broken part.

Replace the Broken Part

The first thing to check is whether or not the washer arm broke on your dispenser door latch (it looks like an upside-down cup with tiny spikes all around it). Unfortunately, if this piece has broken off, you can’t replace the old one—you need to remove the entire dispenser mechanism and replace that instead. We’ll show you how below.

Once we’ve determined that the latch is the problem, we need to remove it from the door. Follow these steps:

Step 1 :

Unload your dishwasher and turn off the power at your circuit breaker.

Step 2 :

Remove the lower spray arm by using a screwdriver to loosen each of its nuts (it only takes one nut to hold each arm in place).

Step 3 :

Open up the dishwasher door by pulling on it firmly—don’t worry, you’re not breaking anything! There are usually two latches that hold the door closed; click one side open, then pull straight outwards on both sides until they release too.

Open the Dishwasher Door

Step 4:

To release the soap dispenser, lift the handle underneath where it normally sits (just above where you installed the new latch) and slide back the white latch.

Step 5:

The door should now be open, and you’ll need to remove the top and middle spray arms, too, as well as the spray-arm bracket (where the small piece of metal with four screws attaches). Again, you can use a screwdriver for this if needed.

Step 6:

At this point, your dishwasher is pretty much empty but don’t try to lift it out from underneath! Instead, reach in and grab both sides of the upper rack—lift straight up until it releases from its hinges.

Step 7:

Now we’re ready to take out the soap dispenser! To do this, grip each side of it firmly, then pull upwards and outwards at an angle—it takes some strength, but it will come apart.

Step 8:

Don’t worry—you’re not going to break anything! You’ll now be able to see the white latch where your new soap dispenser door latch should go. 9. Remove the old dispenser by placing both hands (or a screwdriver) underneath the handle and pushing up until the latch pops out from its position in the dishwasher frame, then slide off towards you.

Remove the Old Dispenser

Step 10:

Slide your replacement soap dispenser door latch into place, making sure that it locks securely into place and lines up with all of its nooks on the other side; we found that using a small amount of WD-40 made this easier but feel free to use any lubricant or non-oil spray as well if this doesn’t work for you.

Step 11:

Time to reassemble everything! Once the new dispenser is in place, push it underneath the opening and line up its top with the middle of your doorway; this will allow you to reattach all of those other components we removed earlier (screws are optional here).

Step 12:

Step back and admire your work—you’re now ready to test out your dishwasher soap dispenser door latch!

Use a Dishwasher Salt

Precautions While Performing How to Fix Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Door Latch:

  • Check that there is a power supply coming to the Dishwasher- i.e., press the Start / Pause button for a minute or so and confirm that you hear a click sound from inside- if not, then check the circuit breaker in your home – as this can be an indication of overload/short circuit or sometimes it can get tripped due to malfunctioning of the switch provided on the dishwasher itself (usually happens in case of cheap models) – if it still doesn’t work, then call an electrician right away. Don’t try working on any electrical appliance with no power supply! It is dangerous.
  • Whenever handling a part that needs installation, especially screws and wires, always keep them separate from each other ( screws in one small tray, wires in another) because of the risk of short circuits.
  • Check that the door is free from any obstruction which might stop it from closing properly – you don’t need to remove anything. Push it back closed with a soft hand.  
  • Everything on a dishwasher is connected to some wire or another, and unless you want to get shocked by touching something inadvertently, keep yourself insulated by wearing an anti-static wristband while handling any electrical appliances inside your home!
  • Always turn the appliance off before removing any covers/door/drain hoses etc., and remember where all those parts were sitting so that you can put them back. Also, the dishwasher needs to be unplugged!
  • This particular repair is easy and shouldn’t take any longer than 15 minutes, including taking out the part/s and putting it back in their place. So make sure someone else is at home for a couple of hours after you’ve started working on your dishwasher to help you install everything back if needed.
  • Dishwashers must be cleaned regularly (just like washing machines). Naturally, food deposits get collected with time, leading to clogging problems or water leakage out of soap dispensers, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can Dishwasher Tablets Go in Cutlery Basket?

Yes, dishwasher tablets can go in the cutlery basket. However, you should ensure that you are using the correct ones for your type of dishwasher.

There are two types of dishwasher tablets:

1. Those meant for a top-loading machine and

2. Those are meant for a front-loading machine.

Can I Use My Dishwasher if the Soap Dispenser Is Broken?

It is not advised to use your dishwasher if the soap dispenser is broken. The best way to clean dishes and utensils in a dishwasher is by loading them with a sponge or paper towel, then running them on the short cycle. If you need to wash large pots or pans, you can run the pot through a hand-washing cycle before putting it into the dishwasher.

Clean Dishes and Utensils

Why is My Dishwasher Soap Dispenser Not Latching?

If your dishwasher soap dispenser door latch is not latching, it can be frustrating and may cause your dishwasher not to perform correctly. The first step in fixing this issue is to turn off and unplug the dishwasher. Next, check the latch mechanism for any debris or obstructions, and remove them.

If the problem persists, disassemble the dispenser and inspect the latch mechanism for damage or bending. You may need to replace the faulty component or the entire mechanism if necessary. Once you identify the faulty part, replace it and reassemble the dispenser.

Finally, re-install the dispenser back into the dishwasher and test it by running a cycle with a small amount of detergent. This process will ensure that your dishwasher soap dispenser door latch is working correctly and your dishwasher performs efficiently for all your washing needs.

Can You Put Dishwasher Pods in Bottom of Dishwasher?

Yes, you can put the dishwasher pods in the bottom of your dishwasher. However, if your dishwasher has a compartment for a dishwasher detergent and it is not at the bottom of the machine, then you will need to put it in there instead.

Why Is My Dishwasher Door Not Closing?

There are a few possible reasons for this issue:

1. The door may be held closed by a magnet which can easily be removed with a pair of pliers.

2. If the magnet is in place, it may need to be replaced with one that has a stronger magnetic force to hold onto the metal plate on the bottom of the door better.

3. If there is an issue with the latch mechanism, you will need to remove the dishwasher from its mounting and fix or replace any faulty parts that have broken off or become worn out over time.


I hope this article has provided you all the necessary information on how to fix dishwasher soap dispenser door latch. Thank you, and have a good day!

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