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Kenmore 13789 draining/cleaning issues

Been having spots/particle remaining on dishes, especially dishes in the top rack. Water seems to be draining from the dishwasher as expected. No standing water left at the bottom of the dishwasher. Seems to clean better in the "pots/pans" cycle vs. "smartwash" cycle. However some particles/spots remain no matter what cycle is used.

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  • Dave Jan 02, 2013

    I was able to fix these issues by searching for similar issues for my model of dishwasher. The post by D. Floyd Kolb below was very helpful as well.

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Check your wash arms - make sure the holes or nozzels are clear (not blocked), and make sure they are free to turn. Make sure you are not over-loading the dishwasher or placing large plates or pans in front of the soap dispenser. Next is to check to see if enough water is going into the DishWasher (DW). This varies with different models, so it's hard to tell you how much is enough. Next thing to check is to make sure the heater is working to heat the water during the wash cycle. (Listen for the soap dish to open, then open the door 10 or 15 minutes later and see if the water is hot.) If your dishwasher has a removable filter, you need to take that out and clean it at least once a month. And finally, if your dishwasher is all encrusted with calcium and hard-water deposits, you probably need to run a dishwasher cleaner in the machine. (Use Dishwasher Magic, or Finish Corp's Dishwasher cleaner, or Glisten, or even Lemi-Shine detergent-booster powder or their dishwasher cleaner.
Hope this helps!

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SOURCE: dishes on top rack always have food particles on

Hi, I have an older dishwasher also and recently mywife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I amtried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installedthem in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also foundthat if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad...So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to makesure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the onlinebuying...
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