20 Most Recent Tappan MDB531RF Dishwasher Questions & Answers


Hi Jenny - I had a terrible smell coming from under my sink, and I too thought it was a dishwasher/garbage disposal drainage issue. I used vinegar, baking soda, bleach and hot water on a daily basis. When I cut out the wallboard from under the sink and the smell got even worse, however, there was no sign of any water leaks or evidence of a dead animals. Come to find out, when I had a "friend" cut out a pass through from my kitchen (above the sink) into the den, he cut the pvc exhaust pipe and didn't re-route it nor cap allowing the fumes to escape outside via the attic. Thus, the fumes had no place to go other than down. The smell confused me because I thought it was rotten food or most likely a dead mouse trapped between the wall. The smell was actually causing me to get headaches. It's been almost 24 hours that this was repaired and I already can "smell" the difference. I hope this helps! Good luck.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Jan 01, 2019


I found out the water wasn't staying heated which caused the white film on our dishes and for them not to be cleaned. We replaced the thermostat and heater ring. That fixed the problem.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Sep 18, 2014


Hi, I have an older dishwasher also and recently mywife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I amtried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installedthem in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also foundthat if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad...So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to makesure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the onlinebuying...
Dishwasher SprayArms not Spinning

How to Buy ApplianceParts Online

A bad heating element causes many problems in dishwashers...

Dishwasher Problems The HeatingElement not Working

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Asker's Testimonial "explanation very clear. will give it a go and see howsimple it was. thanks Ronnie " - ronnieshomes

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Sep 22, 2011


Hi,



I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...


Dishwasher
Spray Arms not Spinning

How to Buy
Appliance Parts Online

A bad heating element causes many problems in dishwashers...

Dishwasher Problems The
Heating Element not Working

Dishwasher Maintenance

heatman101

Asker's Testimonial "explanation very clear. will give it a go and see how simple it was. thanks Ronnie " - ronnieshomes


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Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Feb 20, 2011


You may not have to get a new dishwasher just yet. When I see things like this, the most common problem I find is clogged jets in the spray arms. Try removing the spray arms and clearing any debris from the holes. I hope this helps.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Feb 14, 2011


Hi,
Here is a tip that I wrote that will help you with your dishwasher not drainingproblem...

Dishwasher Problems - Water will not drain out

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Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Sep 18, 2010


Try cleaning out your drain because it could be clogging up and this can cause it not to clean the dishes.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Jun 04, 2010


it is probly the wiring going into the unit. 110 volts is needed. consult a electrician before you try the unit again. could be a 220 line you have . let me know what you think by giving me a 4thumbs up if it works

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Feb 28, 2010


itsa protective cover. peal it off

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Feb 09, 2010


not much at all is involved, the seals usually are pressed into a groove around the edge, pull old one out press new one in, just dont pull to sretch it as you put in the new one

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Oct 28, 2009


None. You have a problem with either your pump and/or pump motor.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Sep 20, 2009


It is in the center of the bottom of the dishwasher with a mesh looking cover, remove the sprayer arm in the center and pull the strainer out and directly below that is the drain

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on May 19, 2009


There's no water entering the machine If there's no water entering your dishwasher, check these:

Water-inlet valve
Float switch
Water-inlet valve The water-inlet valve lets water enter the machine. If this valve is defective, you need to completely replace it. It's usually located behind the lower access panel on the left or right side. It's the device with the main water line (usually copper) from the house, a rubber tube to the dishwasher, and two wires attached to it.

Float switch The float switch is a small electrical switch that's located right below the dishwasher "floor." Above the switch, on the inside of the dishwasher, is a plastic cylinder that floats up as water fills the dishwasher. If this switch is defective, or if the plastic float gets caught or trapped in the raised position, the water can't enter the dishwasher. If the float switch is defective, you need to replace it.

thanks and please do not forget to accept the solution

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Apr 07, 2009


definitely no delay in fill, i would recheck the water line make sure not kinked, also check wires leading to the valve for good contact to valve body

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Dec 18, 2008

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