Replacing a Detergent Dispenser in a Bosch SHS5AV52UC Dishwasher

If your Bosch dishwasher is turning out dirty dishes consistently, one cause could be that it is not actually dispensing detergent as it should be. Not only will you find dirtier dishes, but it is likely that when you do open the detergent dispenser, you will find the detergent from the last wash still inside. This is a big sign that your dispenser is faulty and will need to be replaced.

Before you begin, you will need:

  • Disconnect the dishwasher from the power source
  • Shut off the water to the dishwasher
  • A Phillips screwdriver
  • A replacement detergent dispenser for your Bosch SHS5AV52UC dishwasher

Replacing a Detergent Dispenser in Your Dishwasher

Luckily for you, this repair only really requires you to take apart the door of your dishwasher and not uninstall the entire thing to get to the part in question. Start by opening your dishwasher and removing the screws along the inner edge of the door. Once the screws are removed, close the door and you can pull down on the outer door covering to remove it.

You can now pull out the wire harnesses from the rinse aid sensor and the dispenser’s wax motor. Lifting the locking tabs, you can now remove the old dispenser from inside of the dishwasher door.

Inserting the new detergent dispenser, make sure that the tabs relock by pressing on it firmly from the inside. Now reconnect the wire harnesses to the rinse aid sensor and the wax motor. Replacing the door panel and the screws that secure it, the repair is done.

Replacing the detergent dispenser is definitely easier than most people would think that this repair would be. It can be a good idea even if some detergent is dispensing, but you notice that a lot is still left behind. This could mean it does dispense, but it has a delayed response.