What to do When Your Dishwasher Won’t Dispense Soap

We have all had an issue with our dishwasher from time to time. Whether the water sprayers don’t seem to be spraying very well, soap won’t dispense, or food particles are left on the dishes after the wash cycle is complete. Before picking up the phone to call a repair specialist consider that some repairs can be done by the homeowner for a fraction of the cost. This article is for the specific Maytag dishwasher model MDB650AWB, one of the more common brands among households. This article will help you understand what to do if your dishwasher is no longer dispensing soap.
 
Tools needed for repairing your dishwasher
Tools needed to repair your Maytag dishwasher are a quarter inch nut driver attached to a power drill, a flashlight, and a hand-held meter reader to check the electrical output.
WARNING – To properly check some components in the dishwasher, the electricity will still need to be turned on to the dishwasher.  If you are not trained in working with electrical components.  STOP NOW and call us.   
Before calling a repair specialist
The first thing to do is empty the dishwasher of all dishes and close the soap dispenser making sure there is no soap left in it. Start the dishwasher on a regular cycle. This is to first check and ensure the dishwasher is receiving a proper water flow. While the dishwasher is running through an empty cycle remove the base plate located just under the door of the appliance. Once the base plate is removed it should expose the motor of the appliance as well as the float switch, water valve, and drain hose. During this time the dishwasher should be filling up with water, which should be audible. If you do not hear water running in the dishwasher open the door to ensure there is no water in the machine. If it is empty return the washer to a rinse cycle and using a hand-held meter reader check to ensure the water valve is operating at 120 volts. If the water valve is receiving the full 120 volts that is needed the next step is to check the water fill valve. If the fill valve is not working properly water is not reaching the machine and not activating the soap dispenser to open and release the soap. To fix this issue you will need to order a new water fill valve to replace it. If you are not comfortable replacing the valve yourself, please contact us and let one of our friendly and professional specialists help you today.
 
Home repairs can be done with reasonable ease and confidence once you know how. Repairing a dishwasher, yourself can save you hundreds of dollars over the cost of your appliance. Don’t delay repairing your dishwasher or it could turn into a much bigger and more expensive repair.