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New dishwasher leaving powder residue on dishes.

Bought a new dishwasher and found it leaves a white powdery film on my dishes. Bought brand new Cascade complete liquid detergent, using amount for hard water, rinse aid is full, but still having a white powder residue. My old dishwasher did not do this. The dishes seem clean, but need to be wiped off the remove powder residue. This is a new Kenmore elite 13869 dishwasher. I have well water, good pressure. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    residue left on dishes...does not get off all the food

  • stickday Nov 28, 2007

    Exactly the same for me, down to the Cascade Complete... SOMEBODY HELP US!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2008

    Yes, I have the same problem with my dishwasher leaving a powdery film on dishware. My dishwasher is 6 years old but just started doing this about two months ago. We have hard water and no softener but my Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner(which is not quiet) has done a good job up until 2 months ago. I need a solution. Thanks!

  • elainesarend Jul 04, 2008

    Bought a new Kenmore just several weeks ago as well - a very expensive one and it, too, like my old GE dishwasher is leaving not only a film on my dishes/glasses, but building up white residue on the heating element on the bottom of the unit. My GE dishwasher had a big buildup on its element as well.

    i have city water and live in las vegas. curiously enough, my neighbor has a GE as I once did (up until about 7 weeks ago) and her heating element has not one bit of the white powdery buildup. Looking forward to a solution to this. I should not be on my second dishwasher in a mere five years living in this house. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    same here

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    not cleanning dishes good water comes back
    in
    when its off

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    New dish washer to install where is the cap I have to remove?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Leaves a grey filmy residue on dishes. Think the problem is the rinse cylce

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The problem is hard water and there is a new product out called the dishwasher filtration system. it actually filters the water going into your dishwasher and leaves your dishes spot free. after the first load i was amazed that the white film was gone and my dishes were sparkling. you can get it at www.dishwasherfilter.com.

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Hard water will do this. If you are not treating the problem (hard water), then you will forever deal with the symptoms (buildup). You don't see the buildup as much on the cheap plastic tubs because they are the same color as the buildup. You WILL notice it on higher quality, stainless steel tubs.
If you have hard water, and do NOT have a water softner, stop complaining.

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    a62dave Aug 26, 2009

    Sorry, that reads more harshly than I had intended. I just meant to say that there are alternative possible faults other than the dishwasher.

  • oboyhvn33 Sep 07, 2010

    this would make sense except that the problem just started happending and I've always had hard water.

  • sharzylu Feb 07, 2011

    Did you find a solution to your problem yet? I'm curious because just in the last couple of months I have noticed a powdery residue on my dishes, which I've never dealt with before. As far as I know my dw is working fine. Just curious if you've fixed your problem. I noticed you were the most recent poster, so that's why I'm asking.

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