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.
MOST OF THE TIME "FOGGY GLASS" IS A RESULT OF SOAP BUILD UO IN THE DISHWASHER. IF YOU HAVE A WATER SOFTENER AND FILL THE SOAP CUP ALL THE WAY THEN THIS IS THE CASE. FILL A COFFEE CUP WITH WHITE VINEGAR AND PLACE IT ON THE UPPER RACK, RUN AN EMPTY LOAD ON HEAVY DUTY WASH, THIS WILL STOP THE PROBLEM, YOU MIGHT NEED TO REPEAT IT 2-3 TIMES BUT IT WILL WORK, AFTER THAT JUST USE AS LITTLE SOAP AS YOU CAN, IN MY GE I USE POWDERED CASCADE BUT ONLY FILL THE SOAP CUO TO THE BOTTOM LINE, WORKS GREAT. GOOD LUCK
If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).
Also, There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher. Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray arm.
**Water temperature Note***
To get the best results, the water has to be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit when entering the dishwasher.
Concerning the Film.(Disregard if this is not an issue)
This problem occurs due to excessive calcium build up inside the dishwasher. Try cleaning you dishwasher using a dishwasher cleaner. There are a few out there, Try Dishwasher Magic....
Using too much soap is worse than not using enough. Over time, soap scum will build up and plug the internal plumbing of the dishwasher. Often, there is simply not enough water in the dishwsher to be effective. The GE uses an electric solonoid which opens when it is time to drain. This item can get corroded and allows water to pump out when it is supposed to be washing. Also, it is possible you are not getting enough water because of supply problems. Disconnect the hot water line and check the flow of water and also the intake screen to see if it is plugged. If you have ample water after the a wash cycle has been running for several minutes, check the water timeperature. It should be around 120 degerrs F.
first feel around the drain and see if there is something stuck inside the drain. then take a small amount of clorox2 powder and run it through a cycle. after that try jet dry. sometimes there is a grease build up or a lime build up that needs to be removed.
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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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).