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Dishwasher powder/tablet not being used

My dishwasher is not using the dishwashing powder/tablet to washer the dishes. it just dumps the powder/tablet out of the dipenser.

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  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    The dispenser opens during the cycle but it looks like it just ran down the inside of the door. The dishes do however seem clean, but we always rinse before loading the washer.

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The problem is not enough water presure is hitting the soap dispenser. Probably the top rack of dishes is not getting clean either! look for my post about fixing with CLR and use that see what happens then
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