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Bosch dishwasher dispenser not working

Common reasons your Bosch dishwasher dispenser is not working

The most common reasons your Bosch dishwasher dispenser is not working are a broken detergent dispenser, defective electronic control board or a clogged water valve.

  • 46%

    46% of the time it's the
    Detergent Dispenser

  • 31%

    31% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Bosch dishwasher

    Detergent Dispenser Replacement

    When the detergent dispenser isn’t working, it could have an internal failure preventing it from opening. An internal switch in the detergent dispenser releases the dispenser latch so a spring snaps the dispenser lid open during the cycle. A broken spring, bad switch or defective latch can keep the dispenser from working. Have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert replace the detergent dispenser when it isn’t working.


    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When the dishwasher detergent dispenser is not working, a defective electronic control board could be causing the problem. Internal logic and relays in the electronic control board send electrical current to the dishwasher dispenser to open the lid latch and dispense the detergent. Corrupted internal logic or failed relays in the electronic control board could keep the dispenser from working. Have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert examine the dishwasher and replace the electronic control board if it’s defective.

    Water Valve Replacement

    When the detergent dispenser isn’t working, it could have an internal failure preventing it from opening. An internal switch in the detergent dispenser releases the dispenser latch so a spring snaps the dispenser lid open during the cycle. A broken spring, bad switch or defective latch can keep the dispenser from working. Have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert replace the detergent dispenser when it isn’t working.

    What to expect when you experience a Bosch dishwasher dispenser not working issue

    How is the dispenser not working problem fixed?

    Correcting most dispenser not working problems usually involves replacing the detergent dispenser or water valve. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dishwasher dispenser that is not working

    When the dishwasher dispenser is not working it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dishwasher failures.

    What to look out for with a dishwasher dispenser not working diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dishwasher problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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    Additional resources to help you fix your Bosch dishwasher

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    How To Help Your Dishwasher Run More Efficiently and Troubleshooting Tips

    Is your dishwasher cycle running too long? Watch our video, which explains the average cycle time, water temperature and helpful dishwasher troubleshooting tips.

    Does it feel like your dishwasher takes an eternity just to complete one measly cycle? While there are certain settings that may be the culprit — we’re looking at you, SaniWash — if it’s running for hours and hours, there’s probably a more serious problem at hand.

    Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific dishwasher. Thankfully, there are a few things you can try first that may help your dishwasher run more efficiently. Watch our video for the best tips on how to reduce its cycle time — because no one wants to be stuck doing dishes forever.

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    What To Do If Your Dishwasher Isn’t Filling With Water

    Is your dishwasher not getting water? Watch our video that covers common dishwasher problems and simple troubleshooting tips to get it working again.

    Your dishwasher can’t do its job without water. If your dishwasher isn’t filling with water, there are a few really easy things you can check that just might do the trick!

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