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Hi, I got a second hand Defy Dishmaid dishwasher. It needs salt. Does anybody know how much to put in? and how frequently?
SOURCE: Salt indicator light comes on?
Check the instructions which are freely available from www.miele.co.uk or the relevant site for your country. Browse to the current models and you should find the PDF for your model. For non-current models, instructions are under the link "Customer Support".
In general, the instructions are as follows:
If the water in your area is very soft and constantly lower than 0.7 mmol/l (4 °d) you do not need to add dishwasher salt. The water softener must, however, still be programmed to correspond to the water hardness level in your area. (The salt indicator light will still come on, but should be ignored).
Important: Before filling the salt reservoir with dishwasher salt for the first time, you must fill it with approx. 2 litres of water to enable the salt to dissolve. Once the dishwasher has been used, there is always sufficient water in the reservoir.
Inadvertently filling the salt reservoir with powder or liquid dishwasher detergent always leads to serious damage to the water softener. Make sure you have picked up the correct packet of dishwasher salt before filling the salt reservoir!
Only use special coarse grained dishwasher salt for reactivation. Do not use other salts such as cooking salt, agricultural grade or gritting salt. These may contain insoluble additives which can impair the functioning of the water softener.
* Remove the lower basket and unscrew the salt reservoir cap.
* Fill the reservoir with approx. 2 litres of water (first use).
* Place the funnel provided over the salt reservoir and carefully fill with salt until the reservoir is full. The salt reservoir holds approx. 2 kg of salt depending on the brand used.
As the salt reservoir is filled, displaced water will overflow.
* Clean any excess salt from around the reservoir opening and then screw the cap on again firmly.
* Run the "Pre-wash" programme immediately to remove any traces of salt water from the cabinet.
For the Miele, the salt reservoir is usually under the bottom basket, the cap is usually grey in colour. [Only the latest models have the refill cap in the door itself].
You should be able to find dishwasher salt just about anywhere, I've even found it in Malaysia, sold at good ol' Tesco!! Brands of salt include Calgonit (Finish) & Somat.
Posted on Jan 09, 2008
SOURCE: dishwasher salt
Cooking salt contains ingredients that could damage your dishwasher. It could increase water hardness and they are likely to clog when wet. Suck out as much water as you can from the salt cup,enter there dishwasher salt and run your washer few empty cycles on the lowest temperature. Good luck
Posted on Aug 18, 2007
Well, I fixed it in my case, by opening it up and taking a look. It seems that water was leaking out of the main compartment into the guts of the machine and shorting out a solenoid (I think). In my case, the water was leaking at the location where the 'water hardness adjustment' knob/screw is. This is in the middle of the left inside wall. (Take a look at your manual)
This may or may not be the problem in your cases, but it certainly produced the same symptoms. You need to be somewhat technically inclined to do this, and ABOVE ALL, make sure the dishwasher is off, unplugged and the water supply is turned off before going any further...
You start by taking off the top 'preparation surface' o the dishwasher by lifting two plastic clips at the back of the machine and sliding the top backwards and off. Next, by removing the left cover plate of the dishwasher (there are screws at the back, top and front of the machine), you expose a large flatish plastic device about 150x300x15mm that is responsible for dividing up the incoming water to add salt to one portion and then presumably recombine the water. This is held in place by two clips on the left side and the large ring around the water hardness adjustment screw on the inside of the machine. Twist off the ring and give the plastic thing a good pull to loosen it from the black tar-like stuff. Once it is free, you'll see a black o-ring that seals the joint between the plastic device and the main compartment. In my case, this was full of gunk and not sealing properly. I gave it a good clean and refitted the whole assembly. For good measure I also checked the clips securing the hoses connecting to the plastic device and made sure they were sound.
There is an electrical connection to what I think is a solenoid below the plastic device described above at the bottom of the machine. In my case, water was dripping down on top of the electrics when the machine took in water and I guess must have shorted out the solenoid, bringing the whole water delivery process to a halt. This created the mpression that the machine would fill up with water and go no further. I gave the whole area a good dry with a cloth. I also had to tilt the whole machine and allow the water that had, over the last few days acumulated inside, to drain out.
When everything was dry, I put back the cover plate, plugged the machine in and turned the water on and tested with a rinse, then a number 3 wash another three times. Everything worked fine.
Please be very careful when working with machines like this. Electricity and water don't really mix. I advise if you are not qualified that you ask a suitably qualified person to do the job for you.
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
HOW MUCH SALT DO I NEED TO ADD? The softener will use the salt to replenish itself each time you wash. As an approximate guide, you should do a full top up about once a month. If your machine doesn't have a warning light, a good way to remember to check and / or top up is to do it on a regular day of the month (e.g. the first Saturday or the 15th) CAN I USE ORDINARY TABLE SALT? No. Table, cooking, rock and sea salts may contain additives that can actually increase water hardness. Also, the fine consistency of some of these salts mean they are likely to clog when wet. Always use granular dishwasher salt because it is very pure and is the right consistency for use in your machine. Granular salt is the ONLY type of salt that should be used to regenerate the softener. Be aware that some varieties of 'dishwasher salt' use Dead Sea salt. This variety may contain minute insoluble organic matter that may adversely affect the resin within your softener over time. If you are in doubt about the origins of the salt, ask the retailer or manufacturer.
Your machine may have a float indicator or a warning light to tell you when salt needs adding to the water softener. Often float indicators are difficult to see, and there is no accurate guide as to how much salt you need to add. Quite simply, just add granular salt to the reservoir until it won't take any more!
HOW MUCH SALT DO I NEED TO ADD?
The softener will use the salt to replenish itself each time you wash. As an approximate guide, you should do a full top up about once a month. If your machine doesn't have a warning light, a good way to remember to check and / or top up is to do it on a regular day of the month (e.g. the first Saturday or the 15th)
CAN I USE ORDINARY TABLE SALT?
No. Table, cooking, rock and sea salts may contain additives that can actually increase water hardness. Also, the fine consistency of some of these salts mean they are likely to clog when wet. Always use granular dishwasher salt because it is very pure and is the right consistency for use in your machine.
Granular salt is the ONLY type of salt that should be used to regenerate the softener. Be aware that some varieties of 'dishwasher salt' use Dead Sea salt. This variety may contain minute insoluble organic matter that may adversely affect the resin within your softener over time. If you are in doubt about the origins of the salt, ask the retailer or manufacturer.
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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1. Unscrew the cap from the salt container
anticlockwise, which is located on the right side of the
2. Load the salt into the container. Each time you may load 250g of salt, which can be used for 15
3. Fill the water into the salt container until a small amount of water comes out(it is very important
when you use it for the first time).
4. Screw the cap back carefully.
1. Load the salt before the beginning of wash cycle so as to prevent corrosion.
2. Load the salt when the salt indicator light in the control panel is illuminated.
3. Only use dishwasher salt.
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