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Doesn't clean dishes in top rack

Also doesn't completely empty detergent out of dispenser. I think it is not getting water to top spray arms. How do I get into the test mode?

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  • emhamilton Jan 27, 2009

    I tried putting a bowl in the top rack facing up. It had water in it at the end of the cycle. I have also checked the spray arms and they seem to be clear.

  • emhamilton Jan 29, 2009

    I think it may be a problem with the computer in the diswasher. How do I get into the test mode?

  • emhamilton Jan 30, 2009

    It is an LG LDS 5811 dishwasher

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Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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I just want to add that you have been given some good suggestions to try and determine why this dishwasher does not work right.

I will point out that about three of them were valid, so you must wade through the minutia to figure out what to use.

First, you said the spray bars look OK. You need to know that they are OK by removing them and making sure there is nothing inside, and by blowing through the nozzles to make sure they are not clogged with stuff.

Second, you need to check that the inlet screen to the pump is clear and not blocking water from getting to the pump.

Third, if it still does not do a good job of cleaning, is to dig down to where you can see the pump impeller to determine if it is clogged with stuff or broken.

Any of us will be happy to help you, but you must follow a systematic approach to repair the unit, and when you are asked to check something, you must follow the instruction explicitly as the result is what helps us to determine what to do next, if the performed actions did not fix the unit.

Keep in mind, you are there, and we are not, and words do not always clearly state what would be obvious if we were there (a picture is worth a 1000 words type of concept.).

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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The unit test automatically,If a problem occurs,it will generate a code.


Check that

  1. the amount of detergent Correctly used or not
  2. Filters clogged or not.
  3. the holes of spray arms blocked or not.
  4. Utensils are correctly arranged or not.
  5. Utensils are overloaded or not.
  6. the spray arm rotating is obstructed or not.
  7. the program is correctly selected or not.(as listed below)

  1. Soak This program is for very heavily soiled loads including pots,
    pans and casserole dishes which may have dry food residue
  2. Normal This program is for very heavily soiled loads
  3. Quick Wash This program is for normally soiled everyday loads.
  4. Rinse Only. This program is for washing delicate items like glasses.
  5. Delicate .This program is for that quick wash of lightly soiled recently
    used dishes and cutlery.
  6. Power Scrub This program is for very lightly soiled loads.
Also,The manual can be viewed here


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The pipe in the center of the dishwasher is plugged ... there may be a seperate hose at the buttom that supplies it ...

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Easy...simply clean the dump flap where it will close properly. That will allow proper water pressure to clean the dishes.

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Please tell me the make and model

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Jan 30, 2009

    Here is a link to your manual:

    http://www.retrevo.com/search/v2/jsp/myt...


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    Nate Stansfield Jan 30, 2009

    I have not yet found a free manual. However I have read about your model. If you had a computer board problem, you would have an error on your screen. If your dishes aren't properly rinsed and there is still detergeant, then there is a clog in the water line or in your sprayers. Or your water pump is wearing out.

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Either run the dishwasher with a gallon of vinegar in it for a full cycle or buy some CLR and run it .. sounds like you have some detergent build up .. the vinegar/CLR will break it down

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Remove the spinning water dispenser inside the machine. they usually unscrew from the retainer. Clean the nozzles with the bristles of a handbrush. May need scale removal with a limescale removal product.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Tim Higgins Jan 27, 2009

    remove the spinning water dispenser inside the machine. they usually unscrew from the retainer. Clean the nozzles with the bristles of a handbrush. May need scale removal with a limescale removal product.

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Putting an empty bowl on the top rack of an empty washer will not tell you if the rack inpeller is working!! The bottom impeller has enough pressure to spray water to the top!!
Your problem sounds flow related. Since you state you have checked the sprayheads for blockage, and the riser pipe is connected, the remaining troubleshooting is to check the f eed pipe from water matrix to the sump of the dishwasher. It may be partially blocked and it's underfilling. May also have some blockage in the water matrix.
Check for blockage in the sump line screen.
The pipe is easily removed and flushed out.
If the water matrix is blocked then it's more than likely a replacement is required.

No diagrams necessary.
Take the lid off, left hand panel off and the panel under the door.
You'll be able to see the hose and the fill matrix.


Before you attempt any repairs, I ugre you to re-inspect the upper sprayhead. Though it may not looked clogged on initial inspection, the clogs may be on the inside of the nozzle. There are nozles on each end that shoot jets of water to make it spin around. If there is clogging on the inside, the impeller will not spin!
Ise a needle to dig out any obstructions, and you'll be on the path to clean dishes!!

Thanks for using FixYa - a FixYa rating is appreciated!!

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    blueextc3221 Jan 27, 2009

    On the detergent not emptying..

    Detergent may remain in the dispenser cup if the dishwasher is not loaded properly. Check for any items that may block the dispenser cup area.

    Make sure the dispenser cup is clean before each use. Remove any hardened detergent residue. If food spillage or liquid is in the cup, clean it out before filling the cup with detergent so the detergent does not clump or stick in the cup prior to being released during the wash cycle.

    Confirm the detergent is not old or damp. Powder detergents can become stale, when exposed to open air, as they age or when stored in damp areas. Before using powder detergent shake the container. If the detergent has clumped together, it is stale and should be discarded.

    Make sure the water temperature is at least 120oF. Most manufacturers recommend 120oF water temperature to properly dissolve dishwasher detergent.

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    blueextc3221 Jan 30, 2009

    Your controller board does not relegate water pressure. That is done by the pump, and is not variable. Your pump is clogged in the inlet, or has broken internal parts and needs replacement.



    As everyone has been stating, this is a FLOW related problem. Not a PCB issue.

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Ll dishwashers leave a small amount of water in the bottom, to keep the seals and pump wet. If the seals dry out, they can become brittle and begin to leak water.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    mohammed marika thambi Jan 27, 2009

    There's a
    spray arm at the bottom of your dishwasher--it may have a tall spray
    tube mounted to the center of it. There may also be a spray arm located
    directly beneath the upper rack of dishes and/or above the upper rack.

    If
    debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes
    out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the
    spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.


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    You'll need to use a clampon ampmeter and see if the heater is drawing
    current-- if you clamp on the black power wire in the junction box, you
    should read about 11 amps if the heater is working right. This would
    appear during the water heat cycle, about four minutes into the initial
    run.

    If the water does heat a little, and the machine draws even 5A all the
    time? Maybe it's lazy heater... you could expect circ pump and
    everything else to draw approximately 2A, so 3A would be for heating if
    we have our equations right... would be 360W. Anyway if there is any
    heat, it appears that the thermostat (or "aqua sensor") would be
    calling for more heat.



    Now this is a wild guess, I wouldn't know if it is a PTC heater that
    would adjust its temp on the run. It would draw a lot until it heats
    up, and then far less, just enough to keep temp...




  • mohammed marika thambi
    mohammed marika thambi Jan 31, 2009

    RepairClinic.com gave me step by step instructions

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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

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Check that the spray arms orifices are not clogged.

If there is not enough pressure, then the impeller pump hose may be clogged.


find parts and diagrams by entering model number here.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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    Ginko Jan 27, 2009

    If the upper spray arm is ok, then the problem is the impeller pump that has not enough pressure.

    A technician must take apart the unit and inspect the pump lines, if lines are clear, then replace the pump.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Jan 28, 2009

    I told you, you have a faulty impeller, or a clogged impeller line.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Jan 28, 2009

    Well you keep refusing my solution, evidently you know better than me what the problem is.

    goodbye.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Jan 30, 2009

    There is no computer in your dishwasher, just a controller board.

    No faulty controller board can cause no water in the upper arm sprayer, or insufficient pressure.

    The controller board just start and stop impeller (that pump water with pressure to get to upper sprayers), inlet valve and drain pump.

    I told you when there is not enough pressure to upper sprayer, then you need to check the impeller pump lines, when they are obstructed you get less pressure.




  • Ginko
    Ginko Jan 31, 2009

    I don't think this will make any difference, but your model has variated spray intensity, Repeated pressing of the Spray button will select Strong, Medium or Soft spray intensity.

    Below there is the service manual.

    At page 16 17 there is test mode.

    at page 31-33 is explained how to access the hose assembly, from there the technician will check the inlet valve lines , and the impeller lines. Impeller is integrated with vario motor on this model.
    In there check also that the soil filter is not clogged.

    Here is the manual : 37554801.

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Disconnect the power source to your dishwasher before you conduct this or any other test. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.

  • Locate your dishwasher's water inlet valve. It should be located behind the lower kickplate panel in either the right or left corner. There will likely be two screws either on the top of the panel, or on its bottom. Remove these two screws, and then remove the kickplate. On some dishwasher models, the door has to be opened in order to gain access to, and remove the kickplate's screws. Close the door before you remove the kickplate panel.
  • You will be able to identify the water inlet valve by the hoses that connect to it. There will be one hose feeding water from the house to the water valve, and another hose leading from the water valve that carries water away. Now is a good time to inspect your dishwasher's hoses, to make sure they aren't responsible for any water flow problems. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to the valve. Also check to make sure there are not kinks in the hoses. Kinks can impede the flow of water.
  • There will be two wires connected to the water inlet valve. If your dishwasher's water inlet valve has two solenoids, then there will be four wires. Label the wires so that you will be able to correctly reconnect them later. The wires are connected using slip-on connectors. Grasp the connectors and pull on them firmly in order to disconnect the wires from the valve's terminals. Do not pull on the wires themselves. You may want to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to help you.
  • Use your multitester to test the valve for continuity. Set the device to the ohms setting x 1. Touch each of the meter's probes to a terminal. If you receive a reading of infinity, it means the valve's solenoid is faulty and the valve needs to be replaced. If your valve has two solenoids (four terminals), test the second pair of terminals in the same manner. If either pair of terminals receives a result of infinity, replace the water inlet valve.

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HI,

If your dishwasher is cleaning poorly, check these:

Water-inlet valve Most cleaning problems are caused by the dishwasher not getting enough wash water, so the water-inlet valve is often to blame. This valve is usually at the bottom left or right of the dishwasher, behind the lower access panel. It's the device with the main water line from the house, a rubber tube to the dishwasher, and two wires attached to it.

When a water-inlet valve is defective, you may hear the sound that's usually referred to as "water hammer." If the water-inlet valve is defective, you need to completely replace it.

Dishwasher Water Inlet Valve Replacement

Be sure to read and understand any instructions that come with the new water inlet valve.

Tools required:

Adjustable wrench

Multi-Screwdriver

Pliers

Step 1. Disconnect the dishwasher from its power source.

Note: Dishwashers are usually wired directly to the home’s electrical system. To disconnect the power, switch off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the electrical circuit the dishwasher is attached to. Try to turn the unit on after disconnecting the power to be sure you were successful.

CAUTION: If you’re not sure you’ve shut off the power properly, DO NOT CONTINUE. Call a qualified appliance repair technician to complete the repair.

Step 2. Turn off the water supply to the dishwasher. This is usually underneath the kitchen sink or in the basement or crawlspace near the location of the dishwasher. Pliers may be helpful here.

Note: If there are no shut-off valves, you must shut the water off at the main water supply valve for your home.

Step 3. Remove the lower panel(s) of the dishwasher. These are usually held by 2 to 4 screws at the upper and lower corners of the panel(s).

The inlet valve is usually near the front of the dishwasher. Attached to the valve you’ll see: 2 or 4 wires, the water supply line from the house and the water feed line that goes to the dishwasher.

Step 4. Remove the household water supply line from the valve. The line is usually secured with a brass compression nut. The water supply line is usually copper or braided stainless steel.

CAUTION: Water supply line may be hot.

Step 5. Remove the fitting from the valve the water supply line was attached to. This fitting may be very difficult to remove. It may help to put the valve into a vice in order to remove the fitting. If you cannot remove it, replace it. The fitting is not an appliance part but a plumbing part that is available at most hardware stores.

Step 6. Remove the screws holding the valve to the dishwasher frame.

Step 7. Label the wires to the valve so you’ll be sure to reattach them correctly.

Step 8. Remove the wires from the valve.

Step 9. Remove the clamp on the black rubber water discharge tube and pull the tube off of the valve.

Step 10. Reinstall the old fitting (or a replacement fitting if necessary) onto the new valve the water supply line was attached to. Use Teflon tape or pipe joint compound as a thread sealant. Make this fitting tight to prevent leaks. Make sure that the fitting points in the same direction as the old one so that the water supply line will meet up with it properly.

Step 11. Install the new valve in the reverse order of the removal instructions.

Note: The water supply line is under high pressure. Be sure to tighten the fittings properly.

Step 12. Turn on the water to the machine, and check for and correct any leaks.

Step 13. Reinstall the access panel(s). Restore the power to the dishwasher and test.

Note: You may have to let the dishwasher run a few minutes before it reaches the next water fill cycle.

Internal filters Every dishwasher has some type of filter to keep large food particles and foreign objects away from the pump assembly:

  • Most modern dishwashers have self-cleaning filters that don't need any routine cleaning.


  • Some have filters in the bottom of the dishwasher that you need to periodically clean. You don't need any tools to remove the filter, and cleaning it is easy. Consult your owner's manual to determine which type you have and its maintenance requirements.


If your filter is clogged, it may be causing the cleaning problem.

Drain valve Some dishwashers have a valve (or gate) that should open only during draining. If debris lodges in the valve, it can't close properly, so water drains out during the wash cycle. Most dishwashers drain into the garbage disposer. If yours does that, listen for water flowing into the disposer during the wash cycle. If you can hear it then, the drain valve may be clogged.

Spray arms There's a spray arm at the bottom of your dishwasher--it may have a tall spray tube mounted to the center of it. There may also be a spray arm located directly beneath the upper rack of dishes and/or above the upper rack.

If debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.

Water temperature To get the best cleaning results, the water entering your dishwasher needs to be hot enough. Try running the hot water in your kitchen sink for about 30 seconds before starting the dishwasher, to pre-heat it. Also, if your dishwasher lets you select a higher wash or rinse temperature, try that to see if it helps.

To check the temperature of the hot water that comes from your kitchen faucet use a waterproof thermometer. If the water isn't 120 degrees Fahrenheit, your dishwasher may have trouble getting your dishes clean. You could increase the temperature of the hot water to the whole house--and therefore the dishwasher--by adjusting the hot water heater thermostat.

Warning! To lessen the risk of scalding, don't set the hot water heater temperature higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Detergent cup Dishwashers don't perform their best if detergent is introduced only at the beginning of a cycle, so add detergent to both parts of the cup.

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Run it empty and just put one cup or bowl on the top rack with the opening up to catch water. If it's empty at the end, you have a water flow issue. You didn't say if you have the tube in the center that raises or if the top spray is directly connected. It could have food residue in it.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

  • David Shaub Jan 27, 2009

    Try turning your water temperature up 4 or 5 degrees. Be careful with hot water temperatures though, 126 degrees can cause scalding.

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Here are Improper Water Temperature
I can tell you from personal experience that water temperature has a direct impact on how well your family's dishwasher operates. If the water entering your dishwasher is not hot enough, your dishes are likely to come out coated with grease and dish detergent residue. As such, you will want to make sure that the temperature of the water inside your dishwasher is somewhere between the range of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If it's not it could be a faulty heating element.
Dirty Pump
Based on my experience, a dirty dishwasher pump will also cause your dishwasher to produce less than stellar results. Therefore, you may want to consider cleaning your dishwasher's pump every six months. In many instances, it is an easy task to complete. In order to clean your dishwasher's pump, you'll most likely have to remove the dishwasher's spray arms. Once the spray arms are removed, you'll want to clean and inspect the pump's impellers, blades and pump guard. I should also mention that there are appliance companies that sell dishwasher pump repair kits should you notice that a part needs to be replaced. A basic dishwasher pump repair kit will tend to cost you $20 to $60 depending on your dishwasher's unique needs.
Dirty Spray Arm
Dirty spray arms may also be to blame. After all, if the spray arms' holes are clogged, the hot water won't be able to reach the dishes properly. A dishwasher's spray arms are very simple to clean. In order to clean them, you will need an old toothbrush and a bread twist tie that has been stripped of its paper. Use the toothbrush's bristles and the wire from the bread twist tie to unclog all the holes.
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A broken dish detergent dispenser is another likely culprit when it comes to dish cleanliness problems. Sometimes the dish detergent dispenser's door will not open or shut properly, which prevents the dishes from getting nice and soapy. The good news is that most dish detergent dispenser problems may be solved relatively inexpensively. The cost of a replacement dish detergent dispenser will vary based on the make and model of your dishwasher. There are also instructional videos online that will help you with the installation of your dishwasher's new detergent dispenser.
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A filter has an impact on a dishwasher's effectiveness as well. Hence, you will want to inspect your dishwasher's filter for obstructions. The location and type of filter will vary based on your dishwasher's make and model. I would recommend that you check out your dishwasher's operator's manual. It should contain instructions on how to clean your particular unit's filter as well as where you can order a replacement part if need be.

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  3. Check water level when the fill cycle has completed. Should be just under the heating element. If not, possibly need to replace the water inlet valve.
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The soap does dot dissolve


assuming you are using the correct dishwasher detergent type and quantity recommended for the dishwasher, the likely cause for detergent not dissolving is that the water is not circulating well enough through the wash arm. Check the wash arms are clean. Do dishes come out clean? Run the dishwasher with a cup correct side up on the top rack. If it is empty at end of wash then there is no water in the top arm.

Is the detergent dispenser door open during wash cycle?
Also lack of adequate wash water template can cause detergent to remain undesolved. Hope this helps.

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It began with the dishes on the upper rack not being cleaned. Not the bottom rack is getting less cleaning done and some of the liquid detergent is left in the detergent compartment. I tried doing a...


Check your spray arms for pluggage at the slots and the nozzles. If you can remove them, do so and backwash them over the sink. Unplug the slots and nozzles with a toothpick or fine wire.
This should also help with dispensing the detergent, but reduce the amount to the least that you can use while still getting the dishes clean. We have cut our detergent usage to about 25%. Also, try to not place tall items where they can block the water spray to the dispensing compartment.
Use a good drying agent, and crack the door open when the washer reaches the end of the cycle, as this will help the dishes to continue to dry, and further release the steam, resulting in cleaner dishes.
The reduction of the detergent, along with the cleaning of the spray arms will help a lot. I should note here though that I've had to re-clean the arms after what I thought was a most thorough cleaning. Once they are really clean, they'll work better for a long time (usually).
Best regards, --W/D--

Feb 04, 2011 | Whirlpool Dishwashers

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The glasses on top rack are not coming clean & the detergent dispenser is not being totally emptied


Greetings,
if the detergent cup is open, but still full of detergent or slightly used..I'd say your having water problems...check the water supply and make sure no one turned it towards off...check the spray arms for blockage, the little holes get blocked, clean them out...... its possible your water valve is bad, or your wash motor...let me know if you need more answers

Dec 20, 2010 | Whirlpool GU2400XTP Built-in Dishwasher

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Maytag quiet series 300 dishwasher leaves glasses on top rack with film on it. What can I do??


If your dishes or glassware appear filmy or spotted following a complete wash cycle, adjusting the amount or type of detergent you’re using and adjusting your hot water heater’s water temperature may solve the problem. But before you do either of these, put a rinse additive (such as Jet-Dry) in the rinse dispenser to improve the sheeting action of the water.

Next, you’ll have to determine whether the film is removable or permanently etched. To do this, soak a glass in undiluted white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Or, wash the glass with warm water and concentrated dishwasher detergent or a high-phosphate detergent (such as Glass Magic).

If the film comes off, it is probably caused by hard water minerals, improper amounts of detergent, or unsuitable water temperature.

Permanent etching is often caused by a combination of soft water and excessive heat or detergent. If glassware is permanently etched, there isn’t anything you can do to make it clear again. But you can avoid future etching by taking these steps:

1) Be sure hot water entering the dishwasher is no hotter than 140 degrees F. Don’t use extra-hot settings such as “Power Scrub,” and use the “Energy Saver” dry cycle.

2) Adjust the detergent amount.

3) Don’t pre-rinse your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Food particles on the dishes actually help the detergent and drying agents clean better.

A common cause of poor washing results is improper loading—dishes that block or impede the spray arm(s) or prevent the soap dispenser from opening. On the other hand, if your dishwasher has chronic problems with good washing, the problem may not be your dishwasher. A good first step is vary the amount of dishwasher detergent you're using and try switching brands.

Other possibilities: Your home’s water pressure may be too low, your water may be too hard, or the water temperature may not be hot enough.

In order for your dishwasher to fill to the appropriate level, water pressure should be from 20–120 pounds per square inch. If you suspect that your water pressure may be low, turn off all faucets or other users of water (such as washing machines and sprinklers) and then put a half-gallon jug under the kitchen faucet. Turn on the hot water full-blast. If the jug doesn’t fill within 14 seconds, your water pressure may be too low for proper dishwasher operation. Call your city water utility to discuss your options, or avoid drawing water elsewhere in the house or yard during dishwasher cycles.

The right amount of detergent to use depends on how large your load of dishes is and how hard your water is. Hardness is measured in grains of minerals—the more grains per gallon you have, the more detergent you’ll need. If your water has 12 grains or more of hardness, fill both dishwasher soap cups completely with detergent. If that doesn’t work, consider installing a water softener. (For more information, see the article Water Softener Systems.

To check water temperature, hold a meat thermometer under the hot water faucet for two minutes; if it doesn’t register a minimum of 140 degrees F., turn up the temperature dial on your hot water heater. (However, if you have a newer dishwasher that heats the water internally, it isn’t necessary to turn up your hot water heater.)

If your dishwasher has worked fine in the past but suddenly your dishes aren’t clean after the dishwasher completes all cycles, listen to the spray arm(s) spinning inside during the wash cycle. If spinning poorly, wait for the machine to cool down, remove the spray arm(s) by unscrewing the hubcap(s), lifting the arm(s) off, and then cleaning out the spray holes in the spray arm(s) with a stiff piece of wire.

Aug 26, 2010 | Maytag 24 in. MDB9750AW Dishwasher

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Dishes in top rack not getting clean


Hi,
There are three common problems that cause the Soap Dispenser or Cup not toopen. I have a tip that will explain these problems in detail....

Dishwasher Repair Problem Detergent Cup does not Open

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May 28, 2010 | Frigidaire 24 in. FDB1050RE Built-in...

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Kitchenaid KUDP02CRB - top rack dishes are not getting clean


maybe not... if unit is incorporating more than one spray arm,chances are the upper spray arm is not getting water.pull top rack forward,gaze under top rack near rear manifold.slowly push rack back in.notice if manifold inserts into upper wash feed.if so,possible motor issue. if not,bingo was his name-o!

Nov 13, 2009 | KitchenAid Dishwashers

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The dish washer is taking ages to wash and it not clean ing dishes well


ok so If your dishwasher has worked fine in the past but, suddenly, your dishes aren't clean after the dishwasher completes all cycles:
1) Check your water heater's temperature dial to be sure it hasn't been changed recently.
2) Be sure dishes haven't prevented the detergent dispenser from opening properly during the wash cycles or kept the spray arms from turning, the lower arm from rising, or the spray from reaching the upper rack's dishes.
3) During the wash cycle, listen to the spray arm spinning inside. If it seems to be spinning poorly, clean out the spray holes in the spray arm(s) with a stiff piece of wire; wait for the machine to cool, and then remove the spray arm(s) by unscrewing the hub cap and lifting the arm(s) off
Regards Gizokieth

Sep 10, 2009 | Dishwashers

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Kenmore dishwasher not cleaning


Growand:

There is a rubber tube which supplies water to the top spray arms. That is, If yours has top spray arms. This rubber tube has to make a connection when one slides the top rack back in. That tube will rot after a while, check it out.

If the soap is not being used up, reduce the amount of soap you are using and run the dishwasher empty with a pie plate sitting on the bottom rack with a cup of distilled (cheap) vinegar in it. Run it hot and long, recheck and redo if neccessary.

Jul 30, 2008 | Kenmore 24 in. 15689 Built-in Dishwasher

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