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My Elite washer has a musty odor. Dried food left in GE Dishwash

My Elite washer has a musty odor. I have run an empty cycle with bleach and still smell it. I wiped inside the rubber part around the washer with bleach. Is there a trap somewhere that may have a sock in it?
My GE Dishwasher leaves dried food bits inside the glasses. Cleaned out the filter in the bottom and use Jet Dry. Ideas?

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  • urspidergal Jun 16, 2009

    How do I get the front panel off?

  • urspidergal Jun 16, 2009

    Looks like it worked! Really smelly goop came out along with a plastic hair thing and 1/2 a pencil! Thanks!

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Take the bottom front panel off - after disconnecting the power - and unscrewed the filter/trap. There shud be about a cup of water, some slime and a probably a sock stuck in the filter. it must ve got stuck down in the drain

It was repaired under warranty but the repair man must have missed the sock in the trap. shud be 10 minutes start to finish to remove the front panel, clean the trap and replace the panel. All you need is a torx head driver to remove the three screws at the base of the panel.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

  • SAM JAYANTH CHANDRASEKAR

    hi this is iversh again.....


    with regard to ur diswasher.....








    If your dishwasher is not cleaning poorly, check these:




    Water-inlet valve
    Most cleaning problems are caused by the dishwasher not getting enough
    wash water, so the water-inlet valve is often to blame. This valve is
    usually at the bottom left or right of the dishwasher, behind the lower
    access panel. It's the device with the main water line from the house,
    a rubber tube to the dishwasher, and two wires attached to it.

    When
    a water-inlet valve is defective, you may hear the sound that's usually
    referred to as "water hammer." If the water-inlet valve is defective,
    you need to completely replace it.







    Internal filters

    Every dishwasher has some type of filter to keep large food particles and foreign objects away from the pump assembly:



    • Most modern dishwashers have self-cleaning filters that don't need any routine cleaning.



    • Some have filters in the bottom of the dishwasher that
      you need to periodically clean. You don't need any tools to remove the
      filter, and cleaning it is easy. Consult your owner's manual to
      determine which type you have and its maintenance requirements.


    If your filter is clogged, it may be causing the cleaning problem.




    Drain valve
    Some dishwashers have a valve (or gate) that should open only during
    draining. If debris lodges in the valve, it can't close properly, so
    water drains out during the wash cycle. Most dishwashers drain into the
    garbage disposer. If yours does that, listen for water flowing into the
    disposer during the wash cycle. If you can hear it then, the drain
    valve may be clogged.




    Spray arms
    There's a spray arm at the bottom of your dishwasher--it may have a
    tall spray tube mounted to the center of it. There may also be a spray
    arm located directly beneath the upper rack of dishes and/or above the
    upper rack.

    If
    debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes
    out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the
    spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.




    Water temperature
    To get the best cleaning results, the water entering your dishwasher
    needs to be hot enough. Try running the hot water in your kitchen sink
    for about 30 seconds before starting the dishwasher, to pre-heat it.
    Also, if your dishwasher lets you select a higher wash or rinse
    temperature, try that to see if it helps.

    To
    check the temperature of the hot water that comes from your kitchen
    faucet use a waterproof thermometer. If the water isn't 120 degrees
    Fahrenheit, your dishwasher may have trouble getting your dishes clean.
    You could increase the temperature of the hot water to the whole
    house--and therefore the dishwasher--by adjusting the hot water heater
    thermostat.

    Warning! To lessen the risk of scalding, don't set the hot water heater temperature higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.




    Detergent cup
    Dishwashers don't perform their best if detergent is introduced only at
    the beginning of a cycle, so add detergent to both parts of the cup.


    Please do rate the solution as FixYa if u found it helpful.....


    good luck

  • SAM JAYANTH CHANDRASEKAR

    There are three T15 Torx screws along the bottom of
    the panel. Once it is off, you will have access to the pump to remove
    the filter and clean it out.





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