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Heated drying cycle on Kitchen Aid (12 yrs) not drying upper row glasses. Also there is significant spotting. Is there a way to thoughly clean the machine from years of use. It works fine otherwise through all cycles.

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The best way to clean it out is to run a empty load with a coffee cup full of vinager on the top rack, you might need to do this a few times to get all the gunk out. As fas as the drying goes check you heating element at the bottom of the tank and look for breaks.

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Why do my glasses come out cloudy?


I understand you need a "rinse agent".
No, not a person, a chemical such a "Rinse Aid" which, when added to your dishwasher, will help your machine finish cleaning.
Likely you have either "hard" water or some unclean areas of the machine or pipes that are causing this.
God bless your efforts.

Mar 07, 2016 | Dishwashers

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General Dishwasher cleaning


There are 3 types of energy used to clean the dishes a balance of all three are needed for the best results.

Chemical Energy - The detergent you use plays a big role in the cleaning ability. Phosphates do a great job but as new regulations come into play phosphates are being phased out. Detergent can get 'old' and loose it's cleaning ability. It has a short life span, so buy detergent in small quantities. If you have hard water you will need to use more detergent or even an additive like lemi shine or Glass Magic to assist with the chemical energy. Detergents for automatic dishwashers have a no sudsing agent to reduce foam and suds. Rinse aid plays an important role in eliminating spots and drying the dishes, yes drying. The rinse agent helps sheet the water off the dishware prior to the dry cycle, there is a product called Turbo Dry that can be used in place of rinse agent that works great for drying plastic. In summary use detergent like Cascade or Electrosol and a rinse aid

Thermal Energy - Hot water is important for both dissolving/activating detergent and breaking down food residue so it can come clean from the dishware. It will help to run the hot water faucet at the kitchen sink until hot before starting a cycle in the dishwasher. If cleaning is a problem use the Pots and pans or High Temp wash

Mechanical Energy - This is done by water pressure against the dishware, be sure to load properly, do not stack or shadow other dishware, be aware of where the spray arms on your dishwasher and make sure you do not block them when loading. If you have a filter in the unit, clean it often, if you do not you may still need to clean out the sump on occasion. The spray arms may get food or deposits in the small jets (holes) that the water needs to come out. Inspect and clean as needed.

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Is it best to air dry or heat dry dishes in a dish washer?


Heat dry will consume steam which is generated by heating the water inside the dishwasher. Air dry is natural but will take longer cycle time. Use rinse aid to improve air dryer and aviod water spots on glass.

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The wash light and the start/cancel button keep flashing. How do I fix it? I have a Kitchen Aide dishwasher model KUDS02FR


Hi,


The clean light usually will blink due to a failure to heat the water properly. This dishwasher looks for a temperature rise of the water during a heating cycle if it fails to see this rise for multiple cycles it may shut down and blink the clean light.
There are a few things to check before resetting the control.

-The unit not being level so both door switches do not make contact
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The sump plugged up so water is not pumping across the heater (see sump clean out below)


- Not enough water filling the dishwasher


- The heat element is not working


To reset the control use this key dance within 5 seconds press:HEATED DRY, NORMAL, HEATED DRY, NORMAL
This will cause you to enter the diagnosis cycle once this is finished or you hit cancel the control should be unlocked and ready to use.


Thank you !

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Dishes aren't clean. i have run vingegar and CR through the cycle but dishes and glasses still have a film.


The most common cause of film left behind is a broken heating element.

The heating element is not only used during the dry cycle, but also to raise the water temp. during the main wash cycle to activate the dishwasher detergent. Fixing the heating element should "clear" this problem right up!

Aug 04, 2009 | Zanussi 24 in. DA6141 Built-in Dishwasher

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My glasses are cloudy and some of the dishes looks like sand or partials on them after a 2hour cycle. I also use jet dry .


Some states such as Califoria, have hard water. Since you did not specify waht state you reside, I am going to list some hints with hard water issues.
a) If you hand wash the glasses (preferanly soak them in vinegar) and the glasses don't come clean, then you have a high temperature issue.
b. If the glasses come clean, then one of the following issues are occuring.
1. Check your spray arms (the bars that rotate) for any blockage in the holes.
2. Check for water hardness i.e. test strips -or take a sampe of water to your local water district for analysis
3. I f hard water is present then increase the amount of detergent. The phosphorous content should be 6 or better. (cascade powder with bleach)
4) Check the dial setting on your rinse aid dispensor-- if it's set too high, this will cause cloudiness on your glasses. The setting should be between "2" and "3"

5) Is the water heating during the wash cycle? Run the diswasher on normal cycle , then after 25 min, open the door and determine if you feel stem on your face. If you do, more than likely the unit is heating properly
6) What is the temp of the hot water coming out of the kitchen tap? It should be 140 degrees.
7) Purchase Dishwasher Magic (Ace hardware, TRue Value) --it comes in a plastic bottle that has a wax coating on the opening ( after you remove the cap) It's a liquid cleaner and works great. This will flush your system
Hope this helps!!
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Jul 08, 2009 | Amana 24 in. ADB1500AW Built-in Dishwasher

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KUDI01TJWH0 kitchen aid....the clean light is blinking and wont do anything else....how do we reset or do we just need to take it in for repair?????


To invoke the diagnostic cycle, perform the following key presses in less than 6 seconds while in standby.

Heated Dry -> Normal -> Heated Dry -> Normal

Invoking the diagnostic cycle clears all status and last run information from memory and restores defaults. It also forces the next cycle to be a sensor calibration cycle. (quoted from service diagnostic cycle notes in troubleshooting guide)

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Our Whirlpool KUDP01ILBS2 dishwasher isn't working like it used to. Dishes seem to be getting partially clean, they aren't getting dry at all and it seems they may be being rinsed/washed with dirty...


Heat that is retained in the dishes is largely responsible for drying in this dishwasher. Since plastics do not retain heat very well, they will not dry as well as glasses, ceramics or metal dishes. Rinse aid must be used so that the final rinse water will sheen off of the dishes to accommodate this drying process. The heater element at the bottom of the tub is used to add heat during the drying cycle to aid in this process as well. This model of dishwasher does not have any forced air circulation system. Here are some tips that may help you resolve your drying problem:
  • Make sure that you are using rinse aid. Failure to properly use rinse aid can prevent proper drying. Adjust the amount that is dispensed if necessary. Also, check to make sure that rinse aid level decreases over time indicating that it is being dispensed properly.
  • The NORMAL WASH and POT & PANS cycles heat the final rinse water up to 140 degrees F. Use these cycles to help the drying process.
  • Do not choose the air dry option. This option cuts off the heater element during the drying process. NOTE: The heater element is not turned on during the first 6 minutes of the drying portion of the cycle.
  • Do not overload the dishwasher. Load the dishes to allow for proper water drainage.
This dishwasher has a heater fault detection circuit. If the heater is not working, the control will detect the lack of increase in water temperature. The dishwasher will stop and the CLEAN light will blink seven times repeatedly. The dishwasher would not be able to be used until the problem is corrected and the control is reset.

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Sandy glasses


Are you making sure your heater is ok??Water temp should be taken and be 120 or hotter.If its not turn up water heater temperature.If heating coil is not working replace it.It provides the heat to the D/W and aids in the heated Dry cycle.The solution for spotted/foggy glass problems all  start with making sure your water is Hot enough.Rinse aid is the second.

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