My GE dishwasher quit draining. The repairman said it was due to build up from the dishwasher soap I was using. I finally got a new one, a LG, but don't want the same thing to happen. Which kind of soap should I use, the liquid dishwasher soap or the powder kind?
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Dishwashers do not drain a such. The water has to be pumped out so it important that you don't do anything that will interfere with the efficient operation of the pump.
1. You need to pull every movable item out of the washer (baskets and the water filter units at the bottom of the washer) and give them a good clean. Then clean as much of the white gunk you can out of the machine. This is a build up of soap residue and may include undissolved soap.
2. Then run the machine while empty through 2 complete wash cycles with maximum hot water temperature to clean what remains out of it. Do NOT use any dishwasher powder while you are doing this.
3. The problem you have can be due to
- poor quality dishwasher soap powder being used or soap products completely unsuitable for dishwashers are being used
- too much soap powder product is being used
- the water temperature in the machine is far too low. In that event the water heater unit in the machine may be faulty.
Whatever dishwasher powder you are using I would change and buy a better one and also use less than what you have been using in each wash up to now. I would also STOP the machine in the middle of the wash cycle, then open the door and check the water temperature. It should be so hot a wall of steam should rush out when you open the door.
Cleaning the drain filter will help. Take out bottom rack. Turn filter and take out and rinse off in sink with soap and water. Replace.
There might be water in the overflow sensor. I unloaded the dishwasher and lifted the front so the dishwasher rested on its back. There's a narrow gray tube that runs down from the bottom right of the door. The tube runs into a white piece of plastic with some wires coming out of it. There is a rubber plug that covers a nipple on the plastic. Pull the rubber plug off. Mine was quite tight. Tip the dishwasher back onto its casters to drain the water from the overflow. Check to see if the dishwasher functions normally, then put the rubber plug back on.
very sudsy? 'automatic' dishwasher soap should not do this. if you are using 'hand' dishwashing soap, use 'automatic' dishwasher soap. if you are using 'automatic' dishwashing soap, try another brand. suds are for people to look at. 'automatic' dishwasher soap should not do this. good luck
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Your question is: You just purchased a GE Dishwasher from Home Depot...Its a QuietPower3...and after you run it, there is detergent build up on the detergent dispenser lid and residue on dishes...HEAVY RESIDUE...Why????
Are you useing a dry soap? If so, try a liquid. Make sure it says DISHWASHER soap on it. Also, use half as much liquid as the dry. Some new d/w's can be tempermental that way. If it persists then use the warranty.
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If you can get a repair-man to come out at least once or twice more and the problems aren't solved, you definately need to get on LG's case and have them replace it. My LG dishwasher was repaired about seven times before LG would do anything. I bought mine from an appliance dealer and they even had to fight just to get a response from LG. When LG finally agreed to replace the dishwasher (about a year after all the troubles began) my retailer allowed me to choose another brand of washer. I'd recomend a KitchenAid or Whirlpool, they have performed well in my home in the past and currently as well. The problem with your dishwasher right now is likely the motor. It seems to be the big thing that goes on all theses dishwashers. For me the motor was the last part to fail, it was having a hard time draining, the soap was not being disolved, and the dishes were always coming out dirty. My repairman told me that the LG products have been **** and he wouldn't recomend them. He told me this as long as I made sure his boss didn't find out. Good-luck with your fight against LG Customer Service, I hope you manage to resolve this faster than I did.
1. Check drain pipe, air gap and drain for blockage.
2. Could be too much dishwasher liquid build up (i.e. too much Cascade used over time, clogging things inside the machine). Remove all standing water first then boil a big pot of water (3 to 4 quarts) and carefully pour in to bottom of dishwasher. Let stand until cool. Attempt to drain.
3. Turn off Circuit Breaker to dishwasher. Open kick plate at bottom and look around for the cooling fan for the motor and spin it free in both directions. Look for any solenoids and push them in to the other position. Attempt to drain on dishwasher.
4. If the above steps don't fix it and you are not handy, it's time to call in the repairman or consider getting a new one. If you are handy, do a web search on more detailed solutions for your model of dishwasher (typical failure points are valves, impellers, pump etc).