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Automatic dishwashing detergent granules do not dissolve

When I run the dishwasher, the detergent does not dissolve, but stays clumped in the reservoir. The dishwasher is quite old, but this problem only began a few days ago.

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Did you switch brands of detergent?
You mentioned that the diswasher is old can you check the nozels of the wands to see any of them are plugged near the ends this will affect wheather the water is reaching the door.
Hope this helps
Al

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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