5 year old and was making grinding noise for a few days, went away, and now does not clean, completes cycle, water is hot. Top does not shoot water around - can tell cause we always saw puddles in the wine class bottoms before.
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Make sure your water is hot, at least 120deg f. Also, use least amount of soap you can get away with. Usually around 2 tablespoons for soft water. Use powdered soap not gel. Gel leaves a tiny residue each load and will clog up plumbing in dw after 4,5,or 6 years. Rinse agent such as Jet Dry is highly recommended.
Try the "Tang" trick. Orange Tang drink mix is mildly acidic. With an empty dishwasher, start and fill, then normal drain. On second fill, add a full jar of Tang then let the dishwasher run for a few minutes. Crack the door to stop the dishwasher and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Then close the door, push start and let the dw run through the remaining cycle. This will sometimes clean out the crud in the water lines.
Very likely the bearings in the motor have begun to fail. You can replace the motor, but for a 15 year old DW, sometimes it makes better sense to just buy a new one. Depends on the features the old DW has, vs new, vs motor replacement cost.
I also had one similar to yours, and the noise kept getting worse, even after all of the normal checks. I replaced the motor/pump assembly as a unit (that's how they were sold). Online price was ~$225. This made the noise go away for about 6 months, and it came back, getting as loud as before. Instead of putting more money into it, I bought a different brand (Samsung). I ws soooo disappointed in my KA. I don't want another. The Samsung is fine....I got it on sale. Consumer Reports rates them, the Kenmores and Whirlpools pretty highly, but check their ratings for yourself; they change from year to year. I see a lot of wierd posts for Fisher Pakyl, and I'd stay away from them.
You can look for repair parts on line, and maybe your luck will be better than mine. I certainly hope so.
Best regards, --W/D--
Most likely the motor/pump assembly is worn out and grinding. If the machine is less than five years old it is under warranty. If over five years old, the repair part alone is about $150 not including labor.
correct, no filters to clean, but what you are smelling is soap residues that have built up on the heating element and when it goes thru the heat dry cycle, it burns the soap causing the odors. trying the cleaners you have may help but the cause is the residues. you need to use a d/w cleaner like d/w magic or citric acid. if you just run the unit with the waterheat option and vinegar in a bowl right side up in the top rack, it should rinse out the residues then dont use to omuch soap and only use dry powder soap. no tablets or liquids. run hot water at the faucet first and then be sure to use the heat option. it may take a few cycles to get rid of the odor but it will go away as you get the unit cleaned out.
I decided the machine was too old to fix, because it was over 5 years old and a seal could fail and flood my kitchen inspite of me fixing something else. So I called a truck to come pick it up for tomorrow, and then went under the sink and cut the drain hose and drained it into pails and stuff. So when they take it out, the standing, gross water wouldn't go everywhere. So it is fixed, lol, yes. Thankyou!
Check the spade/lug wiring connectors under the unit at the motors They can work loose. These newer units only use the heating element for a short time. If you get it running again do not use tablet soap. Start your sink's hot water until its too hot to touch then start the washer, let the tank fill then open the door and pour in an additional gallon of hot sink water mixed up with liquid cascade soap. To get "Energy Star" compliance, They have made trade offs to use less water and energy. When mine is running it still doesnt clean very well at all. consider installing a small R.V. water heater under the sink or nearby.
Also make sure your drain hose is clear and has no kinks in it.