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Cleaning screen filter for garbage disposal in dishwasher

I have had trouble with the dishes not getting as clean as they used to, so I looked at the screen for the disposal system in the bottom of the dishwasher and there are TONS of gunk and food particles stuck in there! I took the entire thing apart, but I cannot remove the screens to open it up to clean that area out. It's all supposed to work its way around to a little hole the size of a pencil eraser- but there's so much junk in there it's all stuck. How do I get into that area to clean it out? It looks like it's glued together (no screws that I can find to separate it). Any ideas??? Thanks!

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  • Moenchick Dec 24, 2007

    Mine has beein doing this since we bought it 4.5 yrs ago. I am very displeased.

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    Same here. Had it for a year and 1/2

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You can't take it apart. If you do it will only get worse. Check to see if there are any holes or tears in the screen. If so, replace that whole part.

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We replaced our garbage disposal and now when we run the dishwasher the overflow valve has alot of water running out of it onto the countertop. Did we forget to do something when we put the new disposal in? help we can't run the dishwasher without staying by the sink when the dishwasher rinses or pumps the water out through the dishwasher

Posted on Apr 01, 2009

  • Bruce Denton Jan 28, 2011

    i realize its been years, but clean out the hose from the disposal to the airgap or its twisted

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