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The problem is hard water. Go to www.dishwasherfilter.com. They have a new product out that solves this problem once and for all. It filters the water entering your dishwasher and removes the hard minerals that cause these spots. Very affordable and guaranteed to leave your dishes looking amazing every time.
Check the water intake screen for sediment. Often if enough sediment builds up the screen becomes clogged and these symptoms present themselves.
if you send me the make/model I will tell you where the intake screen is. Probably you have to take the unit out of the cabinetry and turn it over as most of the time the intake valve is inconveniently located on the bottom of the unit.
The newer Whirlpool dishwashers have little slots in the top of the soap dispenser to allow water to seep in during the first water fill. This design allows the tablet to begin to dissolve during the first fill then be usefull when the soap door opens. In your case, I would check to see if the soap dish is opening at all. Perhaps one of the racks are not allowing clearance or the soap door itself is sticking closed.
Let the dishwasher fill, drain, and then fill again. Open the door of the dishwasher and see if the soap door is still closed and if so, there is your problem. Also, at this time, check the water temperature. It should be at least 120 degrees F for the soap to be effective.
Make sure your spray arms are not clogged, large untensils/ pans hitting spray arm(s)??
Is the d/w filling with the proper amount of water?
If the above is ok, then you might have a clogged sump filter or weak main wash pump
I have this same problem, plus the pre-wash soap dispenser doesn't open sometimes even though a service guy replaced that. Could he have replaced just one side and not the other? this dishwasher also has a new motor. sometimes it washes beautifully. but other times it does not. even if both dispensers opened.
Do not recommend premeasured tablets, usually too much soap. If pre-rinsing dishes use only 1 or two teaspoons of soap in the main
wash cup..do not put soap in the prewash cup. Excess soap can cause
oversudsing and make the soil sensor think the dishes are real dirty
initiating additional wash cycles. Use rinse-aid for better drying performance
Remove the outer door panel and check the actuator for the soap dispenser door it is probably broken. You might also check and make sure you don't have an old soap build up inside the soap dispenser. Sometimes old soap builds up and dries inside the dispenser and causes the door to stick. It should be free. Good luck.
Run the unit with no soap, after about 5 min. of run time open door and check to see if water is clear or soapy,If soapy then you are having an oversudsng issue.When your washer gets to rinse cycle, your unit (if oversuding),will be rinsing with soapy water and the the drying cycle bakes the soap on dishes.You might be having a white film on your clear glasses.Cut down on soap especially if you have soft water.powder soap is best.Your dishwasher will fill , wash , the drain.Its what you put into it that will cause dishes not become clean.
water valve under dishwasher that let the water come in is not opening all the way causing either low water level or no water to come into the dishwasher. with out the proper amout of water the soap cant be disolved. replace water val to solve problem