There is a greasy residue in the bottom of my dishwasher in the front and right under the door. Have tried x-hot water, use normal wash cycle, tried more detegent, tried less detergent,Washer is level. Now what?
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Re: greasy bottom in dishwasher
Hi there, you can get a product that has extra cleaning power designed for dishwashers to clean stubborn grease and calcium deposits. It works great and also clean up the waste hose and pump and valves in the machine. If the door seal is covering the grease in the front corner, you may have to clean it yourself as theat places it outside the washer.
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Turn off the circuit breaker for the dishwasher power and shutoff the hot water supply (usually located under the sink). Next take off the lower bottom front cover to access the electrical connection and water supply line. Remove the cover to the electrical connection and disconnect the wiring. Pull the supply wire out of the connection box. Next loosen the connection for the water supply line. Have a towel handy to soak up the residual in the water line. Disconnect the drain hose from under the sink. It is either connected to the garbage or to a tee above the sink drain trap. Loosen the clamp and remove the drain hose. Again you'll need that towel to soak up the water from the drain hose.
Most dish washer are attached to the bottom of the counter top above the top of the d/w door with screws. Remove these screws. You may also need to loosen the leveling feet located on the bottom of the d/w at the front in order to pull it out.
Now you can remove the D/W from under the counter top.
Be sure to keep the drain hose on top of the D/W while pulling it out to keep the residual water from draining onto the floor.
Be sure to secure the electric supply wire with wire connectors after the D/W is removed for safety. Also cover the drain connection at the sink or disposal with duct tape to prevent sink water draining into the bottom of the sink cabinet.
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Dishwater residue is a fairly common occurrence, and several things can cause it. Even the newest dishwashers may leave residue, and it might have nothing to do with the actual dishwasher function itself. However, there are things you can do to prevent, limit or completely remove dishwasher residue during every washing cycle.
Modern phosphate-free detergents are the main culprits when it comes to detergent residue. After every wash, many leave a slight whitish residue behind. After several washings, the residue becomes caked on and leaves a noticeable white tint to your dishes. Some dishwasher detergent brands are better than others, and either minimize residue or do not leave any. Once residue is present, however, the only way to remove it is by hand scrubbing or scraping.
Hard-water residue comes from non-softened water from your hot water tank. Non-softened water leaves a white tint on dishes, but no amount of scrubbing will remove it. Only by wiping a small patch of the dish with vinegar or lemon juice will you be able to ascertain whether the white residue left is hard water or detergent. The slight acidic action of the vinegar or lemon juice removes hard-water stains, but they have no effect on detergent residue.
If the dishes feel greasy when they come out of the dishwasher freshly washed, you are dealing with a greasy residue. There are two main reasons for this: either the detergent is not an effective grease remover, or the hot water inside of the dishwasher, either from the hot water tank or the dishwasher's heating elements, is not hot enough. Boosting the hot water temperature on the water tank may solve the problem, and a second wash cycle may be needed for the dishes. A preventive measure of running the dishwasher empty with a full load of detergent also removes the residue inside of the dishwasher.
Streaking and Spotting Residue
If you have spotting or streaking on your dishes, that may be a sign you need a rinse agent. Many modern dishwashers recommend a rinse agent to prevent spotting or streaking, and without one, your dishes will never be crystal clear or streak-free. The next time you do a dishwasher load, add a rinse agent. If the dishes come out spot- and streak-free, the problem is solved.
If you're sure you're using enough soap, check that your hot water is connected and that you're using a hot-water wash (some dishwashers have a cold-water option, this will often give unsatisfactory results if washing greasy dishes - especially beef fat).
The problem is most likely that there is still water residue at the bottom of your machine. If the machine is not fully drained it picks up some of the residue and sprays that onto the dishes during the final rinse, leaving an unhealthy and unsightly film on everything.
Remove the bottom strainers plates and make sure that the outlet pipe the pipe is not kinked, that there is nothing obstructing the pipe or the pump or selector valve. If possible back flush through the outlet pipe and try draining the machine again before using it again.
the water in the bottem of the machine under the mesh filter is normal. it acts as a lubricant for both motor impeller and drain propeller. if its greasy then try using only 1 tablespoon of powder soap from now on. now if the water level is ever above the mesh filter after a complete cycle, then you have a drain problem