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Food particles remain on dishes

Lately after a wash there is a coating of food particles remaining on the dishes, cups and bowls. There is also an accumulation of stuck on food particles on the brackets that hold the upper rack. I've tried canceling the drain before each load. switching the type of load (heavy, rinse only etc.) and the water temp is hot enough. Hope you can help!!

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  • TroubledD Mar 15, 2008

    I'm havin the same problem on a 13 year old Kitchen-Aid. I've cleaned the spray arms, the food filter, and run empty cycles. But the problem comes back after a few runs. No waste water is remaining after the cycle but it's like waste water wash washed over the dishes right at the end. More debris on upper rack than bottom rack.

  • Vitos Mar 23, 2008

    My KitchenAid dishwasher has never given me a load of clean dishes. I always have food residue stuck to the dishes, the insides of the glasses are always covered and have to be washed by hand after they come out of the machine (highly frustrating and annoying). Have tried every suggestion, none have helped. I hate my KitchenAid dishwasher and will never buy another of their appliances. Oh, and their customer service reps are rude and useless.....when I called because my soap dispenser won't open any more, and she said she would refer a repair company to us....no one ever called. This dishwasher is only 10 months old and cost $1000.00 I am NOT HAPPY!!!

  • bissen Jul 16, 2008

    Exact same issue.  Residue left on dishes, particularly the upper rack.  Have tried to clean.  Now looking into how to take the machine apart to clean filters, or see if water into upper arm is blocked.

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This was fixed on my unit by taking out the chopper assembly and cleaning the screen. There is full spray on top now. The screen on the chopper assembly actually had some plastic on it that was hard to see, but was blocking most of the holes. Since this was blocked, the pump couldn't pull enough water to push it to the upper spay arms. My chopper was actually broken so it wasn't clearing the screen, so I had to replace it. That will probably help prevent this from happening again, but if you ask me, the unit was designed poorly for handling normal debris that comes off of plates. I'd recommend inspecting this regularly to keep it clean.

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