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Re: dishwasher and salt
Run a few times with nothing in the machine on full washes it may be that the salt you are using is not suitable for that machine also check that you have the machine plumbed into the hot water outlet.
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stop using the tablets. they don't work in hard water areas. I think what you are dealing with is hard water deposits. Use "Lemi shine" for your main wash and the packets for your pre-wash. No one has harder water than where i live... Lemi shine works awesome!!!!
Rub a little vinegar on the surface of an affected item. Does the stain vanish? If so then you have limescale deposits caused by no salt in the machine.
No salt can be an empty dispenser, a faulty dispenser, or using dishwasher tablets/powder without additional supplementary salt in a hard water area. it can also be caused by having the salt dispensing control set too low (on many models it's a lever located adjacent to the dispenser lid).
If you have a water supply which leaves a lot of limescale, then you'll need to add supplementary salt, but will be able to dial down the dosage control to a lower setting than you would if you used plain dishwasher tablets.
The appliance handbook will give you a guide as to which settings of the salt control are appropriate for various water hardness levels. You can get the figures for the level of hardness by either using test strips which change colour (available from plumbing supply shops) or by contacting your water supply company.
If you want the really simple "**** it and see" method, then if you use no salt and the dishes are clean then you're good to go. If there are regular dried on food residues then you need additional salt: Fill the salt reservoir, tun the dispensing lever to a high setting, and with every second wash turn it down one click. Once you get to a point where there are stuck on residues you'll know that you've gone a bit too far and will need to turn it back up a click or two.
If it helps, my local supply is one of the hardest water supplies on the planet (literally!) and with plain tablets I have to set the salt dispenser to maximum and reload it frequently, with "x-in1" brands I use about a half less salt.
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The reason for the calcium build up is normally a hard water,Make sure the salt dispenser is full (located at the bottom of the machine under the lower rack,before you add salt get a descaller from you local hardware store, most carry for dishwashers.Follow instructions, this may require a few treatments before it is gone,when it is right then check salt level etc.Hope you come right.
I did the same thing with my Maytag dishwasher, several times actually, before realizing I was putting blue dish soap in the rinse aid compartment which then wouldn't empty. Then my Maytag started making ominous noises during the rinse cycle (appliance guy said it was "cavitation" noise).
Appliance guy wanted to replace the whole detergent/rinse aid compartment but since he told me the noise was probably caused by the dish soap stuck in the rinse aid compartment, I decided to try to get rid of it first. Here is the method that worked for me; it took most of a day but saved me parts & labor:
1. Get some white vinegar--I used nearly a quart. 2. Fill the rinse aid compartment to brim with the vinegar (overfill) but don't put cap on 3. Raise the dishwasher door slowly until the vinegar drains into the lower part of the chamber (at least this is how my Maytag worked) 4. Agitate the contents as best you can by rapidly shaking the dishwasher door up & down. 5. I also used a small plastic medicine dropper jammed into small openings on each side of the rinse aid compartment to agitate the vinegar by squeezing air into them. 6. Drain the compartment by closing the dishwasher door (move it to full vertical)--vinegar will drain into the bottom of the dishwasher. 7. Repeat above steps a couple times, then fill again w/vinegar, put the cap on and let it stand for awhile. Then drain and repeat the whole routine several times. 8. Blue-colored vinegar will come out which is a good sign (or whatever color your dish soap was). 9. After awhile, I started pouring generous amts of very hot tap water thru the rinse aid compartment, alternating with white vinegar. (No reason you can't use hot vinegar also.) 10. Eventually, all the blue stuff came out & the see-thru levels of the rinse aid compartment were completely clear/empty. 11. Run the dishwasher (I decided to not put any rinse aid in). I got some overfoaming (from the washed out soap) the first time I ran it which I probably could have remedied by adding more vinegar & possibly salt, but the noises were gone! I just ran the cleaned out dishwasher a 2nd time & it was back to its quiet self with no overfoaming.
Takes some patience but hey, beats a big repair bill!!
As for the gasket the only thing I can think of not knoweing size etc is that it more than likely goes under the salt dispenser lid. The dishes not drying (1)check the rinse aid it may be empty and (2) While you are checking the rinse aid level double check the salt levels aswell.