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Detergent clumping issue

We are using the same powder detergent as before. The door opens, you hear it clunk after the machine fills with water. But now when the washing is done the detergent door is open but the soap is all lumped up in the well and down the door and on the dishes that are right there.

It has also not drained when this happens.

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  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    We have the same issue regarding the detergent.  At first, we thought that the way we stacked the bottom rack was blocking the sprayer, but this was not the case.  Took apart the bottom, top, filter, and dispenser and have not had any luck.  Quality of cleaning has gone down considerably and have resorted to (yikes) hand washing.  please help.


  • josh90286 Dec 20, 2008

    detergent soap is clumping in the bottom of the dishwasher and on dishes

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The water spray is not pumping properly. there is a clog somewhere
take it apart and see if the chopper assembly is broken

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Why does a lot of detergent remain in the soap dispenser after a washing cycle is complete


Was the dispenser cup wet when you added detergent?
Make sure the dispenser cup is dry before adding powdered detergent. If dispenser cup is wet, the detergent can clump.
Is the cycle incomplete?
If the previous cycle did not complete, the detergent can become caked in the dispenser cup if it is left sitting in the dishwasher.
Is the detergent old?
Older detergent exposed to air will clump and not dissolve well, which will cause the dispenser door to stick to the detergent. Replace detergent if necessary and store the detergent in a tightly closed container in a cool dry place.
Is the water temperature too low?
For best washing and drying results, water should be 120oF (49o C) as it enters the dishwasher.
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Items blocking the detergent dispenser will keep it from opening. Make sure water action can reach the dispenser.
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  • Use automatic dishwashing detergent only.
  • Other detergents can produce excessive suds that can overflow out of the dishwasher and reduce washing performance.
  • Store tightly closed detergent in a cool, dry place.
  • Fresh automatic dishwasher detergent results in better cleaning.
  • Add detergents just before starting the cycle.
  • The amount of detergent to use depends on the hardness of your water and the type of detergent.
  • If you use too little, dishes won't be clean.
  • If you use too much in soft water, glassware will etch.
  • Suggested fill amounts are for standard powdered detergent. Amounts may vary if you use liquid or concentrated powdered detergent. Follow instructions on the package when using these detergents.
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