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Food Deposits left on dishes

I have an increasing amount of food deposits on clean dishes. (Nearly 50%)
If I run 2 cycles, it's only about 10%.

I pre-wash the dishes before going in the washer, and still have a problem.

The dishwasher worked fine a month ago. I have tried since the problem occurred, refill jet-dry, dishwasher cleaner products.....still food deposits on the dishes.

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  • sandlot18 Aug 01, 2008

    i have crumb and food deposits left on the top rack items even though I pre-rinse my dishes before I load them. Even extra rinse cycles no longer work. Dishwasher is only 1 yr old. Is there a filter to clean or something else to try. I use Jet-Dry and have started using the 'tough-scrub' cycle as well.

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    my dishwasher is only 2 years old and it recently started not cleaning the dishes very well I even switched cleaning detergent and it still didn't work

  • sandlot18 May 11, 2010

    Is there a filter that I can manually clean? I will try cleaning the arms to see if there is improvement.



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I had an old machine with a similiar problem & I found that food had somehow entered into the arm that spins & sprays out water. The food blocked somewhat the holes which of course means less cleaning.

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Runs a long time. sanatize indcator light always on...

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