I own a 16 year old KitchenAid dishwasher, model number KUDI220T.
Recently the detergent dispenser fails to open most of the time. (It
works about one time out of ten now.)
I suspect that the bimetal actuator for the dispenser needs to be
I detached the bimetal actuator from the dispenser unit (let it hang
on the connecting wires) and watched it during a wash cycle... It is
energized during the second half of the "Light-China" portion of the
The bimetal does flex as I think it should when energized, but
apparently not enough to release the detergent door.
Does it sound like replacing the bimetal ($22) would solve this
problem, or might there be some other cause, like not enough actuating
Thanks for any advice!