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Re: whirlpool gold builtin dishwasher
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
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The water may not be hot enough. Increase the temperature of the incoming hot water or try this: put the tab in the open soap cup so it will start to dissolve during the pre-wash. Then it will finish dissolving during the main wash. If the dishes get clean using this method you may not have to increase the water temp.
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.
Having the dishwasher powder failing to dissolve is a far more common problem recently with the filing economy. People are trying to save money by buying generic dishwasher powder rather than brand name products. The ultra-cheap products fail to dissolve because their ingredients include bulk fillers with minerals, etc.
It is possible that the dispenser is failing to open, but that is a generally rare problem except on very, very old dishwashers. Before deciding the dishwasher has failed, go buy a box of brand name (Electrosol or Cascade) dishwasher detergent powder and only use it.
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Low water pressure. Caused by not enough water in machine (water valve or house water supply). Also could be pump screen is clogged up (bad chopper assembly) Also could be caused by spray arms themselves being clogged. (goes hand in hand with pump screen being clogged) These are the 3 most common problems i have seen and all could cause low water pressure in the machine. This is assuming the dispenser door is opening!