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No Water The water does not come on to rinse the dishes. Is it worth having someone come fix it?

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Re: No Water

It could be a motor or a pump issue. The dishwasher has a motor that attached to a pump which forces the water up into the sprayer arms and during the drain cycle, it pushes the water out of the dishwasher. The motor (and pump) located beneath the dishwasher. Check if motor spins. In case it spins, the problem is with the pump ,in case it doesn't spin it could be a motor problem or a pump problem. If you have "good hands" you can do it by yourself. Good luck! Good luck

Posted on Aug 30, 2007

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Dishwasher leaves baked on soap scum on al dishes and everything ....even on the dishwasher ...tried all kinds of soap and rinse aid...nothing works...cleaned entire washer out cleaned all filters...

I imagine you've already checked that you're using the correct amount of detergent for the wash programme, and that you're washing the correct quantity of dishes for the wash programme, though if not, try that first!

Is the dishwasher heating the water to the correct temperature? If it's not rinsing at a hot enough temperature, the detergent may leave a residue. In that case, your dishes would probably also be less than entirely clean; they could be slightly greasy when removed from the machine.

Another possibility is that insufficient water is supplied to the dishwasher, so it might be worth checking the tap that lets water through the hose and into the machine. Does the tap turn on fully? Does it turn off properly?

The other thing that might be worth trying is an empty wash: put the machine through a wash programme WITH detergent but WITHOUT dishes, at the programme with the highest temperature. Is all the soap scum washed away? Or is there still a residue inside the machine? If the empty wash works, you probably need to give your machine a maintenance wash once a month or so. This is often the case if you usually wash your dishes a few at a time on a short programme.

I hope some of that helps. Good luck!

Oct 09, 2010 | Bosch Dishwashers

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We have hard water at our home, but the new dishwasher leaves a thick film on the glasses. We use the rinse agent, but it's awful.

You have to buy a cartridge type water softener and attach it to the
inlet water line of your dish washer. In addition to this there must be
a salt compartment in the dish washer.
Refer the user guide /owners manual and locate. Fill it with the special
dish washer salt. ( Do not use kitchen salt used for food).
The dish washer salt may help to certain extent in softening the wash
tub water inside. Check the switch settings for rinse aid and salt
release settings in the machine. Refer manual!

Oct 01, 2010 | Frigidaire FGHD2471K Builtin Dishwasher

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My dishes ang glasses are cloudy *** well as the doors

The cause of the cloudiness is usually due to hard water drying on the dishes and can turn into etching (or pitting) of your dishes. If you have particularly hard water it is well worth investing in a water softener or filters. 2nd; Use plenty of rinse agent (jet dry or similar). Rinse agent gives your dishes a sheen (almost like waxing your car) and helps the dishes dry quickly and cleanly. 3rd; Clean the d/w every 1 to 3 mths. using a good cleaner. Hard water deposits can be cleaned with a little CLR. Use GLISTEN to clean your d/w. Glisten is not found in grocery stores but can be found online or at an appliance parts shop for 5-6 dollars. Please rate this post.

Dec 15, 2009 | LG LDF6920ST Stainless Steel 24 in....

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Does not seem like the dishwasher is drying like it used to. After it has gone through its entire cycle the is steam condensation on all the dishes and the inner door. Previously, at the end of cycle...

Have you run out of Rinse Aid ?
This has a large effect on drying as well as how clean the dishes come out. Rinse aid [breaks up] the water dispersion, so at the end of the final rinse, the water just falls off the dishes, takes the sediment with it. So with the heat of the final rinse, & less water left on the dishes, they dry better.

Dec 12, 2009 | Kenmore Dishwashers

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Dishes aren't clean. i have run vingegar and CR through the cycle but dishes and glasses still have a film.

The most common cause of film left behind is a broken heating element.

The heating element is not only used during the dry cycle, but also to raise the water temp. during the main wash cycle to activate the dishwasher detergent. Fixing the heating element should "clear" this problem right up!

Aug 04, 2009 | Zanussi 24 in. DA6141 Built-in Dishwasher

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White film on dishes/not rinsing properly?

Buy a name brand powder (like Electrosol or Cascade) and use less than full in the dispenser cup.
Do not use gel or tablet, ever.
Final option: (the perfect fix, expensive, but worth it... install a whole house water softener and cut the use amount of detergent in half that you use in both your dishwasher and clothes washer. You will love it.
If problems continue, have the heating element checked/replaced. When it fails, you will always get film/residue on dishes, especially your glassware, even if your water heater is set to the proper temp of 120 degrees.
Good Luck!

Apr 01, 2009 | Dishwashers

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My dishes are coming out with a thick cloudy film

Most dishwasher detergents now have some sort of rinse agent already in them. If this is the case don't add it to your dispenser once it runs out. Too much rinse agent can cause clouding.

Feb 18, 2009 | Kenmore 24 in. 16283 Built-in Dishwasher

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Bosch SHX46A dishwasher

there is a new product out that actually filters the water going into your dishwasher. I use to have ugly,white and cloudy looking glasses until i installed this product. after the first load my glasses looked fantastic!!!! its affordable and you can get it at

Apr 01, 2008 | Bosch 24 in. SHE56C05UC Stainless Steel...

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White film on dishes

Experience : 30 years in dish washing as a professional instructing hospitals and restaurants.
It is not necesaasry to cover the heating element as long as sufficient water is present so as to not STARVE the water pump.
Listen to the sound of water serging with the machien running. If it is contant you have enough water if the sound comes and goes then the pump is serging . either lyou have a low water level or CLOGGED strainer in the bottom of the machine (inside).

you might also open the door real fast during the wash and check for water splashing and flows---- you might get wet but this way works .(wear protective eye shields)

water levels can be raised by BENDING the tab on the bottom of the float which controls water level...much like a toilet tank float.
Also finally if soap levels are too high the soap will not rinse off regardless of the amount of "rinse fluid you use.

soapman Bruce

Dec 30, 2007 | Dishwashers

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The correct way to start the wash cycle

we have just purchased a Fagor dishwasher also - the instruction manual is worthless.

in regards to the 2 thin tubes, we just inserted them in the gallon jugs that the soap/rinse agents comes in and it works fine. just make sure the clear tube without the label goes in the rinse agent and the labeled tube goes in the soap jug. we did drill a hole in the top cap of the jugs and pushed the line thru and that helped keeping the tubes in the jugs and minimized the mess if the jugs fell over.

in regards to the temperature problem, we found that running it thru a couple of cycles before you start the actual dishes helped get the water temperature up faster. it seems to like to start with normal tap hot water first, so the 1st couple of cycles get the cold water out of the line.

Dec 29, 2007 | Fagor 24 in. FI-48W Dishwasher

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