Some whole popcorn kernals are rolling around in the bottom filter area of dishwasher. I can't figure how to get unit disassembled to clean it out.
There is a plastic screw on top of the metal bar that twirls arounds to spray water out of. It seems to just spin when I try to unscrew it. I'm afraid to apply too much pressure to unscrew it thereby snapping it off and creating another problem.
Any advice on how to attack this problem?
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Re: how to clean debris in bottom/filter area
Do not remove that plastic screw. Just remove outlet from behind(input hose of drain motor)put a bucket full water in dishwasher by hand everything will go out then put hose back to motor and seal it.This is the best way.Only thinhg you will have to clean all water on floor or take it to wet area and do all this.all the best to you.
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Locate your dishwasher's filter. It is typically on the floor of the dishwasher. Pull out the bottom rack and look along the bottom of the dishwasher until you find it.
Use a paper towel or sponge to remove any residue or debris that has accumulated on the outside of the filter once you locate it. On some dishwashers, the filter area does not detach or open, so your hand cleaning will stop here. On other models, you can unscrew the filter housing to access the inside and clean any debris from the filter area. Simply wash out the filter using soap and water, then reassemble once cleaning is complete.
Further clean the filter area by pouring a quart of white vinegar into the bottom of the empty dishwasher. Turn to a wash cycle and allow the dishwasher to run with the vinegar cleaning the mechanisms, including the filter.
To deep-clean your dishwasher and the filter periodically, mix the following ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into the bottom of the dishwasher: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup bleach. Let the mixture sit in the bottom of the empty dishwasher overnight. The next morning run a wash cycle, letting the bleach mixture clean and disinfect the dishwasher thoroughly.
The spray arm will just pull up with a bit of resistance then turn retainer anti-clocwise and pull out filter then check for debris and clean all fine mesh filter screens.But it may be that the debris has got into the pump and caused damage.
If you have a Wet/Dry Vacuum, then you can use that to **** up any debris you see in the bottom of the Dishwasher. Make sure you remove the paper filter from the vacuum so it does not get damaged from the water in the bottom of the Dishwasher. I use the vacuum trick to clean up the muck from the pump area and it works well.
Most dishwashers have self cleaning filters which would not require attention unless unusual items or amounts of debris were in the dishwasher. Your most likely problem area would be the holes in the spray arms are plugged with debris.
By the way, the average life of a dishwasher is 9 to 11 years. Newer models are generally quieter and more energy efficient, and many states are just rolling out their government sponsored energy star rebates. (similar to the car " cash for clunkers" program but much less money, and administered by each individual state. These rebates vary by individual states, and will go fast. (where I am, the rebate is $150 for dishwashers and starts March 1. 2010) Might be something to look into.
Start up and empty dishwasher, with no dishwasher powder detergent added. Wait for the dishwasher to fill and begin the wash cycle. Open the do and add one quarter cup of household bleach. Allow to finish the whole cycle.
Check the smell and look at the residual water left in the bottom of the dishwasher, if you can see it. Is that water clear?
Run several loads of dirty dishes and check for any odor.
If problems return, recommend you remove the filter assembly in the lower sump area (the spray arm will need to be removed too.) Inspect with a flashlight the whole area for debris and blockages. Reassemble and keep checking it for any return of the odor. This is not normal for a modern dishwasher.
There is a product out called the dishwasher filtration system. it filters the water going into your dishwasher reducing the hrad minerals that leave that white residue. it is very affordable and works amazing. it goes right under the sink and is easy to install. go to www.dishwasherfilter.com for more info on it.
When you get a chance, please post the whole model number of your Maytag dishwasher here.
Because you are still getting clean dishes, you probably have debris (a bone or fruit pit) that has gotten down to the pump/impeller or the chopper area.
Remove the lower spray arm, remove the filter/sump assembly and clean everything out. With a flash light, inspect the whole sump area for debris. I bet you will find stuff there (beware of broken glass!) and when you re-assemble, the noise will ne normal.
Good Luck! Please post back what you find, OK?
Recommend you remove the approximately 10 screws to pull the entire filter and manually clean. Remove all debris you find and thoroughly rinse out the filter if you can separate the top from the bottom. If the sump area is greasy, use a de-greasing spray to cut through it. Resemble, checking that there are no blockages in the holes on the spray arms.
Fill a bowl or cup with white vinegar and place it on the lower rack of the empty dishwasher. Do not add detergent. Run the quick cycle. The inside of the dishwasher should now be clean and not greasy. If still greasy, use the de-greasing spray (avaiable at all stores in the cleaning section.)
For 30 days, use only Electrosol or Cascade powder. Do NOT use gel or tablets, ever. Please report back your results. Good Luck!
ianc435 , please ask your question in as a new problem and I will help you out. I understand your problem.
If the unit is cleaning the bottom dishes normally, try unplugging the unit for 5 minutes to reset the control board. If that doesn't work, then the control board needs to be replaced. The problem is that control board is not diverting the water to the upper wash arm during the cycle. Possibly a program problem