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Food particles on washed plates

Dishwasher: Hot Point Mod# HDA 200 X - 72BA

Is there a place (- not visible from the loading area -) at the bottom of the dishwasher where food particles remain and never get drained?

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  • shvo Nov 18, 2007

    I would say that it is a poor design because the food particles accumulate along the entire bottom of the door and also interior bottom of the strainer (held in place with two screws) in the bottom of the dishwasher tub. Inside of the strainer was terribly filthy -- looked like mushrooms were growing. I noticed that small black sticky particles were stuck to the top of the tub as well.

    I replaced the unit with Whirpool DU series.



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Sometime food particles stick near the door gasket. First, try changing the DW soap brand.

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I have a whirlpool gold quiet three.It has never been used I do not have the instruction manuel. help with starting please

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* Dishwasher detergent
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2 Remove sticky labels from any newly bought food containers you are washing for the first time.
3 Make sure any leftover coffee, tea, soda or wine has been poured out of cups, mugs and glasses.
Loading the Dishwasher
1 Place cups, mugs and glasses in the top rack with the open ends pointing downwards. Cups and mugs should go along the left and right outside edges, with glasses beside them. Position small plates and saucers in holders along the center of the rack running from back to front.
2 Place larger plates and bowls in the bottom rack, which is also where casserole dishes and saucepans should be washed. Avoid overlapping bowls and plates, because it is important every surface is open to the water directed around the dishwasher's interior during the program.
3 Create a flat surface on which to lay saucepans and larger dishes by collapsing some of the plate holders on the bottom rack, if your model dishwasher allows. Lay them open-end down to allow the water to be directed around their interiors.
4 Position dirty saucepans at the rear of the bottom rack with the open end facing the back of the machine's interior, if your machine has a "PowerScour" facility.
5 Place silverware in the silverware basket with sharp items pointing downwards. Alternate the direction in which you load spoons to prevent them "nesting" together, which stops water reaching every surface.
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Place detergent in the dispenser just when you intend to run the wash cycle, not before. If you're using standard powder or liquid detergent, be guided by the hard-water and soft-water indicators. These are lines marked in the side of the dispenser. In areas with soft water, fill to the soft water line and in hard-water areas fill to the hard water line. If you prefer individual tablets, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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Our dishwasher is only 4 months old. Sometimes there will be small particles of food left on some of the plates. Also when we wash glasses in this machine they are cloudy or dirty looking.

There are several reasons that the food can be left on the plates. If the washer filter is plugged (partially) then the food particles can remain in the tub and be re-deposited. This can also happen with a dirty sump. According to the specs, your filter is self cleaning, and has a food disposer. The link to your machine is here:

I think, in your case, a good cleaning would help. When the disposer isn't working well, the screen can be coated, and needs to be cleaned to be efficient. Your manual, accessible from the link above, (then select specifications, scroll down to another link) recommends a vinegar wash and is described there.
For heavy duty cleaning, you can (in this order): Add 1/2 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 2 cups of vinegar. Spread the ingredients around the screen, one at a time, at the bottom of the tub. It will begin to foam. When it has quit foaming, add 2 cups of bleach, and run a hot cycle (Pre-heat the water by running the hot water faucet closest to the dishwasher until hot).
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When my Kenmore 665 dishwasher is done with the cycle, the glasses on the outer areas of the top rack have stuff stuck to them. Almost like the jet spray is clogged and spraying the garbage. My...

I do believe most manufacturers recommend emptying the strainer after each wash (much like you would a lint filter on a clothes dryer). With the door open, look inside on the bottom. You should see a plastic cylinder shape about 2-3" in diameter. Twist it counterclockwise and gently pull up. This traps large pieces of food, and the occasional piece of plastic wrap, toothpicks, etc. that seem to get past the kiddos when they load it. If you find large amounts of food particles, I suggest pre-rinsing pots, pans, plates before placing them in. Good luck, and please keep us informed of the progress on this concern.

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Dishes remain dirty, Food particles all over interior of dishwasher. hotpoint dishwasher model HDA2030Z02WW

In the back of the dishwasher at the base there is an indentation. This is where the food particals go when they are washed from the dishes. In this indentation there is a filter and a small wire appendage that is connected to the impeller of the motor. What happens is the dishwasher takes the food off the dishes and it is washed into this indentation area where the wire appendage turns breaking up the food particals to be flushed out during the drain cycle. What it souds like is this filter is clogged to the point no further waste can be flushed out. If you take the bottom tray out and reach into this indentation you will feel the filter. (note) there is a cover over this area that will need to be removed to access this filter. Once the cover is off you can reach into the area and you will feel the filter which should pull up and out. Be very carful when reaching into this area due to broken glass particles that may have accumulated. Once the filter is out clean the area well and replace the filter and you should be good to go
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You do not have to prewash your dishes before loading them. In fact, by prewashing, you actually defeat the purpose of most dishwasher detergents. These detergents are activated by the grease and oils in food and work better. You should only scrape your plates of solid materials that are not recommended to go into a dishwasher (i.e., celery, popcorn kernels, tough chunks of meat, gristle, etc.).

If you are getting food particles on your dishes, this is known as "redeposition". Most commonly it is caused by food particles trapped in the filter of the main wash pump. You will need to remove the lower spray arm and access the filter screens and clean them of all debris.

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