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My superba dishwasher leaves a heavy film on the dishes. Sometimes it is black as though there was dirt in it. I use Cascade and electrosol jet dry. melody

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Hello, Over time dirt and grime both from the dishes and from the chemicals in the water build up in your dishwasher, you can resolve this by going to Wal-Mart, K-Mart or your local grocery store, their is a product that comes in a square bottle, it is in your dishwasher soap isle, you empty your dishwasher and take the cap off, tip it upside down inside your silverware tray, turn your hot water on in your sink and get it hot, then turn it off, turn on your dishwasher and run it from the pots and pans setting, it will clean the scum out of the dishwasher, I reccomend useing it every 30 days to keep your dishwasher clean and opperating efficiently, also you can remove the arm in the bottom of the dishwasher and clean that out by gripping the big ring at the base of the unit and turning it counter-clock wise and to clean it use a toothpick or q-tips to clean the debris from the holes in the arm, then install it back after you rinse the arm in the sink............hope this helps.........

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Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please check the Water temperature by using a thermometer inside the dishwasher to measure the water temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F to 140 degree F as possible. Now try using the temperature boost feature if your dishwasher is equipped with this cycle feature and check if this will help your wash ability issues.

Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together. Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded.

To check the proper filling dishwasher will fill with water up to and around the heating element. If water is more below the heating element, you may have low water pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try & listen if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough pressure.

For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump.

Low water fills are a very common trouble maker with today's dishwasher.

Please do rate the solution and revert for further assistance.

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Hi Melody. The first thing I recommend is that you put two cups of vinegar into the empty dishwasher, set it on its longest and hottest cycle and run it. This will clean the dishwasher. That may be all you need to do.
However, your problem could be difficult to solve that that too. Use the vinegar and get back and let me know if that solves yout problem. I will hang in there with you to solve this annoying problem, I assure u. Joe

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