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Normal cycle takes over 2 hours??? - Dishwashers

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  • klcotton45 Jun 17, 2009

    Yeah there's a lot of steam. The dishwasher runs fine and cleans well, it just seems like an awfully long cycle. Is this typical?

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Is there any steam after this time coming out when you open the door?

If there is then either the dishwasher is heating ok or it fills from your hot water tap.

If not then the dishwasher may not be heating and may require a new heating element?

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  • Adrian Jun 17, 2009

    As a rule a normal wash should roughly take 1 - 1/4 hours for a cycle.



    Depending on the brand and model, some dishwashers do more or less internally but overall do the same thing.

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