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Portable Dishwasher Not Getting Water Flow

I have an old portable dishwasher that hasn't been used in some time (came with the rent house). The landlord showed me how to use it (hook up to the faucet, turn the water on, plug in the washer and turn it on--I've gotten that far). The heating element works (burned myself good) but no water is getting to the washer. It just sits there making a grinding noise and begins to smell like something is burning. I believe that is the powdered soap sitting on the heating element getting burnt. The hose connected to the faucet seems to be on there right and not much water is escaping from it, but I don't know where it's going. Any reason it might not be getting any water?

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  • lmckissack May 18, 2009

    Well, the dw still doesn't work, but not because of the float switch! I got it filling with water and doing what it is supposed to do because of your answer, so thanks! It is now working, but leaving crud all over my dishes, so not really working. It's weird crud too--not food and not detergent, unless it's old detergent from the last person who used it--I'm a liquid gal. Oh well. It makes a nice drying rack.


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Float swich may be stuck in the filled position. push down on the white mushroom looking object inside the dishwasher in th front on the floor.

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Why does everyone always say the float is stuck when its almost never the problem? your fill line is pluged with lime sediment.. these stupid people designed waterflow restrictors and filters inside the units where a person cant really get to them without disassembling the unit.

easy fix tho, and preventative maintenance afterward will fix it. happens to me all the time and i didnt learn until i had gone thru 4 expensive dishwashers.

ok, you have to remove the covers from the dishwasher. Usually screws holding the top on, then u can get to the screws holding the tin side wrap on.. Pay attention to how you disassemble so you can reassemble properly.

Inside follow the fill hose, it will connect to a smaller hose that will go into a unit that i thought was a pump, its not a pump but more like a filtering system. examin your unit. see if there is a connection that u can undo the hose and blow air thru in either direction. trouble shoot by blowing air into each end of them hoses. once u find the one that isnt allowing air flow, uv got your spot where the lime scale build up has occured.

find a spot where u can put some lime away into directly. let set a few minutes. u should see it bubbling like crazy.

be carefull not to get the lime away on your skin it is an acid. once u see it begin to drizzle out into the dishwasher from the interior fill spout, u should be able to carefully blow air through it wich also means water will flow thru it.

put it back together properly and run it. you will fill better, not necessarily perfect fill tho if it was a really bad clog.

after that you can poor a deliming agent directly into the fill hose, hook it to the faucet then run it. i have to do mine weekly since i have very hard water, and a small family so the unit isnt being run every day.

i hope this helps

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