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Grit in dishwasher

We have had a problem with grit getting all over the dishes. At one point we had found some information about blowing out the rinse arm. It seemed to help temporarily but now.... It's like someone has thrown a cup of sand in there and it's blowing all over the dishes in the top rack.

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  • Weedysue Oct 20, 2007

    Well we have checked the temperature and it's 126 right now. However, in the process of checking the temperature I noticed that the wash arms had not moved in the 5 minutes since I check the last time. There is water coming from them but they just aren't spinning. What might we look at next? Any idea?

  • Weedysue Oct 20, 2007

    BTW I am running the dishwasher empty. So I know that nothing is blocking the arms from moving.

  • Weedysue Oct 20, 2007

    Yes it's covered

  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2008

    I have the same problem! The dishes seem to be getting clean but a sandy grit is on them when the cycle is complete. It is not a white substance that might be from the detergent--this is brown like. So what can I do? I have to rerinse all my dishes! It is driving me nuts.

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    Exactly same problem. Only got dishwasher a month ago & it cost over £400! Shocking. Tried all programmes & added rinse aid even though we live in a very soft water area.



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Sounds like you have a low water fill problem or maybe a water temperature problem. The water should be at least 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit to start with. Gel soaps can cause a lot of problems with scum and leaving a white residue, mostly when there is not enough water in the dishwasher. After it fills there should be water almost up to the heating element. Also look for the water draining by itself.

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    eagle338 Oct 20, 2007

    Check to see if Normal water fill covers the filter area..IF not this is one of the reasons for the spray arms not rotating..



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