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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi Dirty Dish gang.
After having 2 appliance repairmen here, I now have the latest scoop on our dishwasher problems, $200 later!
Los Angeles IS currently having hard water issues. Also, all the new cleaning gels etc. are actually a cause of our dishwasher problems.
So, here is what we need to do:
1. Use Cascade POWDER detergent only. Make sure is is just "plain" no "scented" or "complete" or gel, etc. (I have tried a phosphate free powder and gel and this is a cause of our problem as well!) 2. Use Jet Dry in the dispenser (set it to a 2-3 opening) 3. Make sure water is at least 120 degrees 4. Only run dishwasher on "normal" setting. All others just run it longer, hence causing more water stains. 5. Do not pre-wash dishes! You can knock of chunks with a "non" soapy brush, but don't rinse (the oils actually help to clean the dishes) 6. Do not wash sponges in dishwasher.
Acid Wash: The repairman just gave my washer an Acid Wash today. It says it is an acid derived from lemon, I got mine from Carters appliance in Torrance, CA for about $19. I am to run a normal cycle with the above mentioned Cascade after this "acid cycle" is finished.
If you are still having problems:
Monthly maintenance: Glass Magic: Buy a box of Glass Magic (near the Cascade) Use 1 Tbsb in main detergent compartment of dishwasher along with the Cascade, till washer starts working again. White Vinegar: You can run an empty dishwasher with white vinegar once a month. Fill a bowl with 2 cups vinegar and place on bottom rack. Then run as a normal cycle...this allows vinegar to disperse slowly.
So far it seems to be working. Good luck.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
SOURCE: top rack of dishes is not clean
the problem sounds like your water. www.dishwasherfilter.com has an amazing product out that fixes this problem once and for all. it is a small filter that filters the hardminerals out of your water before entering the dishwasher. it is very affordable and guaranteed to work or your money back. you will be amazed how clean your dishes look.
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
you'll need to determine if the wash motor is running during the wash cycle(listen for noise from the motor). If the motor is not running there is an electrical problem possibly in the motor or the timer. If motor is running but not washing, the pump impellor maybe loose on the motor shaft. The impellor was press fit onto the motor shaft and cannot be retightened. The motor and pump assembly would have to be replaced, somewhat expensive to do.
Posted on Jan 10, 2010
It appears your dispenser wax switch has failed in this instance.
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Posted on Sep 30, 2010
I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife alsocomplained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried invain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them inminutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if theheating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I wouldbuy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it isworking... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...
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A bad heating element causes many problems in dishwashers...
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Asker's Testimonial " explanation very clear. will give it a go and seehowsimple it was. thanks Ronnie " - ronnieshomes
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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