I am trying to clean the filter in the dishwasher, but need to undo the screws to do this - the screws wont undo with any of my screwdrivers (funny star shaped tips) can anyone suggest how I might undo these screws?
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What brand dishwasher? Model number might help too.
If it is a Bosch this might be the answer.
The E15 fault code means that the dishwasher is not receiving water through the water supply hose, or at least that what the machine thinks anyway.
E15= Check Water Inlet supply*
This can be caused by several reasons.
1. The filters in your inlet hose or inlet valve are blocked and need cleaning.
2. The inlet water supply valve is faulty and worn out, not allowing water in fast enough in relation to the set amount of time it takes to fill the machine for washing etc..
3. The water supply isnt turned on fully underneath the sink?
You will need to undo the water inlet hose from under the sink and check to see if there is a filter in that end of the hose and check to see if it needs cleaning. It will be of the wire Gauss type.
If not, then you will need to uninstall the dishwasher and pull it out from the cabinet to check the inlet valve where the inlet hose connects to at the bottom rear of the machine.
The valve itself will have a filter, where the hose attaches to. Undo the hose and visually check the filter in the valve for blockage/restrictions.
If the above brings no results, then you probably need a new inlet valve for the dishwasher.
Have you checked that the filters on the hose inlets are clear? Turn off water and undo hose to check, there is a small filter in the inlet. Have you checked that the outlet hose and trap is clear and that it can pump the water out? Have you cleaned all filters? The noise could be the pump blocked or unable to empty.
A dishwasher's water inlet valve is its most common part to fail. When
your dishes are not being fully cleaned, quite often a faulty water
inlet valve is to blame. Test your dishwasher's water inlet valve, and
if it is no longer functioning as it should, you will have to replace
Water temperature is a key element in achieving clean dishes. A
dishwasher's heating element is not designed to heat the water that
enters it. Rather, the heating element is designed to maintain the heat
of the water that enters the dishwasher. Its a good idea to run the hot
water in your sink for a couple of minutes before you run the
dishwasher. Just to make sure the water is nice and hot before it enters
the dishwasher. If the water is unable to stay hot, it can adversely
affect your dishwasher's cleaning ability.
There is a filter in your dishwasher. Its function is to keep large
particles of food and foreign objects away from the pump. Many of the
newly-manufactured dishwashers have self-cleaning filters, and routine
cleaning isn't a concern. However, some other dishwashers need to have
the filter removed and cleaned regularly. If the filter or grate is
clogged or blocked with debris, it may interfere with the normal
functioning of your dishwasher
some models in kitchen aid you must lift off the spray arm and then lift the
filter up. It is fastened with spring clips. On other models removing
the spray arm reveals screws at the top of the filter housing that need
to be removed to get the filter up.
There is a fourth screw under the spray arm. Here are some instructions I put together to clean out the pump. But I do not think this will help the drain. The drain hose or drain pump could be restricted.
The best way to find the restriction is work backwards. Start at the sink where the dishwasher drain hose connects, take that connection apart and try to drain into a bucket. If it does not drain the work your way back to the dishwasher checking at every connection point.
We have a Kenmore 665.17702k600 Portable dishwasher with a similar problem. What we did was pop off the drain cover (turns out the one screw wasn't doing anything and just pushed down into the unit when screwdriver was applied). We popped it off by shimmying a screwdriver under the panel, and applying torque on the long end. It just popped right off. Then there was this nasty stale water, and not much obvious debri. We used a wet vac to slurp all that up. So that's the solution we took -- haven't tried it yet, so not sure if it will actually fix the problem...
Look in the inside for any screen that would be easily removed, some dishwashers have a self cleaning filter so you may not find it. I have a lot of other tips for you if your dishwasher is not cleaning so check it out. http://tclaundryrepair.com/dishwasher
The problem is likely that the cutter/chopper filter is plugged. This reduces or eliminates water flow to the cleaning arms. Solution: Remove dish baskets Remove bottom arm - Rotate the centre post until arm is free to be lifted out. Remove conduit to top arm(s) - Remove 2 screws, one at top and one at back. Rotate whole conduit 45 deg right and lift off of centre post. Remove bottom plastic assembly. - Remove 4 screws and lift off. Remove cutter cap. - Remove 1 screw at front left. Lift off plastic cap. Remove cutter filter. It is on a spring loaded pin. Pull cutter blade foreword and lift filter disc straight up. Clean filter disc thoroughly Reassemble!
ok in the dishwasher you will see you lower spray arm. take it off. now
going up the back is the supply tube. you need to pop it off of thed
top then the back and turn it clockwise to get it off the motor. after
you do that you will see 4 torx screws. take all 4 out and you will be
able to remove the fine filter. thats the normally grey piece with all
the slots. after you remove the filter you will see two more torx
screws. remove them they are for 2 seperate pieces one is the foreigh
food seperator and the other is the chopper cover. remove both of them
and clean the whole thing out. as yiou are puytting it back together.
let me know if you get stuck
Your broblem is probably the cutter/chopper filter. This is located under the bottom cleaning arm assembly.
Remove the baskets.
Remove the bottom washing arm. Unscrew the centre post and lift off the arm
Remove the conduit to the top arm(s). Remove screw at top and at back. Rotate the conduit assembly 45 deg right and lift off.
Remove 4 screws (Star T-20 bit) and lift whole assembly out. Pop off screen and clean.
Remove cap over cutter/chopper. There is one screw at left front under assembly just removed. Remove it and the plastic cap (Needs some wiggling to free it up). Remove the cutter and filter. It is on a spring loaded pin. Pull in foreward and also lift the filter disc up and out. Thoroughly clean the filter.