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21086 should i try to go buy a pump first or go buy powder detergent first.. ?

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Spin cycle hangs up at the beginning of of start have to advance dial to start. at each cycle.

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Build up of dirt in tub making clothes dirty... How do I clean inside of machine?


If you use powder detergent ( clay carrier) the build up is from undissolved powder ( clay)
It forms cakes between the spin tub and the outer bowl
The fix is to pull the washer apart and physically remove the caked up mud from all parts of the machine
The prevention of future mud is to use liquid detergents rather than powders
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Stop using the powdered detergent. It has a reputation for clogging up machines and pumps. ALWAYS use the liquid detergent.

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What would make my dishwasher leave a white powdery substance on the dishes?


The white film or powder can be caused by a couple things. Due to environmental laws, phosphates have been almost entirely removed from DW detergent. Phosphates were effective at preventing this. Also scale buildup on screens and in the pump can reduce the amount of water being pumped around. Use less detergent, try half filling the cups. In addition to the detergent put 1/4 to 1/2 cup of citric acid in the dishwasher and running a load. This will remove scale buildup. I use it about every other day. You can buy citric acid online, I bought it at thechemistrystore.com

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Where do you put powder soap in a sears kenmore elite HE3


In the detergent drawer. Top Left of unit.

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Dishwasher detergent clumps in pre-wash and main wash compartments


Make certain that there are no apparent obstructions between water and detergent. If no obstructions and the detergent dispenser and spray arms are operable, then the detergent should dissolve during wash. Otherwise, try using a different kind and amount of detergent (e.g.: powder vs. gel or gel vs. powder, and less detergent). If still clumping, contact an appliance service company.

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Try this before you jettison your current dishwasher. Yes, it is possible that the wash motor is getting weak, beginning to fail but:
Buy and use a box of brand name box of detergent powder Electrosol or Cascade. Stop using the generic powder and never use a gel or tablet in a dishwasher.
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21086 reading sl


If it is top loading one, you use powders for 'top loading machines'. If yours is a front loader pl use powders for 'front loading machines'. It makes a big difference in cleaning.

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Powder vs. liquid laundry detergent


I was searching the net looking for the same answer - have just bought an LG front loader but wasn't certain I should be using liquid detergent - my manual refers to powder without telling you specifically to use it only. Look at the answers to the question after yours on the Fixya website "LG washer has awful mildew odour" or something similar. Solution 3 by Tresilla convinced me I should use powder! Also, the salesman who sold me the machine recommended powder because, quote, " gentler on clothes and more efficient ..." - he didn't mention the possibility of a later mildew odour which is apparently generic to front loaders!

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Kenmore elite calypso 21086 top load


SL = Suds Lock

SL is a suds lock code it can be caused by the drain pump not draining the water, too much detergent, non HE detergent, or extra heavy loads, try running it empty, if code persits it is a computer/main controller/timer failure

The control should flash this error code if it cannot detect the lid switch opening and closing properly.
This error code may also be used if there is a disagreement between the motor and machine controllers on the state of the lid switch.

The control should not allow the unit to run in this condition. This code will also appear if the user presses the START key while the lid is open.

Open the lid or press STOP/CANCEL to clear the display

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