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Dishes not clean

Dishwasher is not removing food from dishes, and dishes are coming out dirtier than they went it. Some dishes will be perfectly clean and others dirtier than when they went in, sitting side by side in the same rack. Repairman initially blamed hard water and too much softening agent, but I used more soap and softening agent for the first 5 years of ownership and got perfectly clean dishes. I requested replacement of filter when no improvement and repairman found partially broken impeller, and clogged filter, but since that repair the same problem exists: up to 1/2 the dishes are dirty, or have food stuck to them that wasn't there when I orginally rinsed and loaded them.

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  • chiafam Jan 26, 2009

    I use vinegar regularly and run the hot water before turning on the dishwasher - it doesn't help, unfortunately. I use citric acid cleaners on a regular basis (run without dishes in the dishwaser) to keep mineral deposits from forming - the inside of the dishwasher is clean and free from mineral deposits. It seems like a pressure problem, the water isn't hitting the dishes hard enough to remove the debris.

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The problem for the spots is hard water. There is a new product out at www.dishwasherfilter.com that solves this problem once and for all. It is a small filter that goes under the sink and filters out the hard minerals that cause these spots from the water before they enter the dishwasher. It is very affordable (like 70 bucks) and even has a money back guarantee. After just one load you will be amazed how your dishes look.

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So I have a quite simple fix here for you and you will be happy that it won't cost you anymore money. On my profile I have a tip that includes this. What you will want to do is throw about a cup of white vinegar in the cavity and put it on a heavy wash. What the vinegar is going to do is clean out all the hard water deposits and anything else that may be stuck in there. You dishes will start coming out cleaner again. You can do this every few months or so and it will prevent this from happening. When I worked for Sears as a repair man I would always tell my customers this whether I was there to fix the dishwasher or not as it saved me a service call later. You can also do it in your washing machine.

Another thing you need to make sure you are doing is pre-heating your water before running the dishwasher. Just turn on your tap water and let it run till it is steaming then start the dishwasher. This could be contributing to the dirty dishes too. If you don't preheat the water first it takes the dishwashers heating element a long time to heat that water up. The result is washing your dishes with cold water for the first half of the wash. Let me know if you have any other questions and if this was helpful. This should work just fine for you, good luck and take care.

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