I just moved in to a home that was empty for about 6 months -and noticed smellie water at the bottom of the dishwasher.I was gong to run some baking pure baking soda though it but no water every came ....NoW WHAT? Iam at my wits end and don't even no were to start.Any feedback would be appecated..Thank you Sylvia
P.S.This is a Kenmore ultra Wash II and looks to be pretty old.Then again you may just tell me to turn the water on...lol...am kidding
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If you have hard water, you may experience stains on dishes and scale forming on your dishwasher heating element.
To clean it up and improve performance, there is a product called "Dishwasher Magic" that descales the machine.
Another trick, particularly if you can't find Dishwasher Magic, is to use white vinegar.
Run the machine empty with about two cups of white vinegar added to the bottom. Then run it again empty to remove the odor of the vinegar.
If you have dishes that have a built up film (you notice this particularly on clear glass) you can soak it in vinegar for ten minutes or so and then rinse it off with tap water. For stubborn stains you may want to rub with a paper towel.
The best way to avoid these problems is to use rinse agent in your dishwasher, and to use the Dishwasher Magic once every month.
UPDATE: A low cost alternative to this product is to simply use unsweetened kids soft drink mix....aka KoolAid. It's got lots of citric acid, just like the Dishwasher magic. To get similar results, you need to use two large packages or four to six of the small one quart size pouches. IMPORTANT: Don't put any sugar in it, just add the powder to the bottom of the dishwasher and run a cycle.
Ok you need to remove the motor rotor it's under the spray arm and comes out like a light bulb from the top draw and check for anyting stuck under it or any damage done to it. Try swapping it with the one out of the bottome drawer and see if that works. When you first start the washer does it drain all the water?? if still no luck try swapping the motor contoller modules (computer board) from the top drawer to the bottom drawer and retry both drawers ,if the fault moves drawers with the part, then that part is faulty cheers
Normally it is the impeller which is stuck. Take out the dishes and the filters and empty it for water by hand. Yes it is a dirty job. Then at the bottom there is an opening in the steel where the water is collected. Empty this too. At the bottom left there is a torx20 screw that keeps the cover for the impeller. remove the cover and check that the impeller can move. The may be object stuck You canalso force the safety mechanism in the door with a screwdriver and try to see if the impeller moves when it is supposed to empty water. My problem is that I did all this but it still does not move. It may be the impeller motor which is broken. To replace that one is not easy.
Does the waster water line leading from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal exit the dishwasher upward to the bottom of the cabinet top, before going downward to the disposal? The hose cannot be laying horizontal or on the floor, and at some point, must loop at least 6 inches higher than the dishwasher.
Check that there are no blockages on inlet screens to the pump. Look closely, and don't give up until you can see the pump impeller or the end of it.