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My dishwasher doesn't seem to be cleaning properly. I have cleaned the screen and all sprayers and they are working properly, but not sure the autoclean cycle is working properly. Is the water supposed to drain and refill before the washing cycle begins?

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  • rgschaumann Sep 29, 2010

    I have already done those. I went through 1 complete auto clean cycle and think the cycle may not be working properly. If I remember right, it should drain several times and refill - if not partially, completely - as in a pre-rinse, etc., before the soap is dipensed. It does drain before the rinse. . .

  • rgschaumann Sep 29, 2010

    thanks - I'll check it out.

  • rgschaumann Sep 30, 2010

    How do I know if it is the drain pump or the control panel that is not working properly.

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Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please check the Water temperature by using a thermometer inside the dishwasher to measure the water temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F to 140 degree F as possible. Now try using the temperature boost feature if your dishwasher is equipped with this cycle feature and check if this will help your wash ability issues.


Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together. Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded.


To check the proper filling dishwasher will fill with water up to and around the heating element. If water is more below the heating element, you may have low water pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try & listen if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough pressure.


For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump.



Low water fills are a very common trouble maker with today's dishwasher. Please accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


Thanks

Rylee

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Sep 29, 2010

    Its either the drain pump is not working properly, has gone bad or maybe the drain hose is clogged.

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