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Use less soap..if u live in a hard water area back down your soap usage

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SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

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  1. 1 Open the lid of the soap trap and clean out any leftover soap. Soap and detergent, especially the inexpensive brands, can clump together and harden inside the soap trap instead of releasing into the water during the wash cycle. Change to a different soap and run the dishwasher again. See if the clumps disappear and if this solves the problem.
  2. 2 Remove the old dishwasher soap trap cap and replace with a new one. The plastic cap should slide or pop off. The instructions for the new cap should instruct you how to slide or pop it back into place. A new cap may solve the problem if the cap is not opening during use.
  3. 3 Turn off power to the dishwasher by either turning off power at the circuit breaker panel box or moving the unit out from the counter and disconnecting it from the power supply. Always do this when working inside the dishwasher to avoid electrocution.
  4. 4 Open the dishwasher door and remove the screws to take off the front paneling. Leave the screws holding the bottom hinges to the door in place to keep the door itself from falling off. Depending on your model, you may need to remove some clasps as well. Your goal is to gain access to the inside of the door and control panel so you can see the different knobs and buttons, and can fix the parts controlling the soap trap.
  5. 5 Locate your soap trap. Close the soap trap cap and insert a screwdriver to push on the metal piece -- called a bi-metal switch -- connected to the soap trap cap until the cap swings open. If the metal looks out of place and the cap doesn't swing open like it should, push the metal back into place with the screwdriver and try again. If this does not fix it, remove the metal piece and replace with a new one.

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  6. 6 Locate the round timer motor inside your dishwasher. Refer to your dishwasher's instruction manual for help identifying the different parts. Typically, the timer motor is a round piece with holes in it, and may be located near the timer control on the dishwasher itself. Remove the timer motor from the dishwasher.
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I don't understand your question. But, I am going to try to answer based on a "given" I picked. Please read on.

Is the problem you put non dish washing soap into the dishwasher?

... and you want to remove it (soap) without removing ...

the receptacle?

the machine?

If you have non dishwashing soap in a dishwasher, the BIG problem is the suds, followed by the soap is not effective, and it cannot necessarily be removed from the dishes. The suds go from a couple little drops of soap to enough suds to fill Grand Central Station, including your kitchen. Am I close?

What I did when (I did it) this happened is, I put a product called "Anti-Foam" (I just HAPPEN to have a hot-tub) into the dishwasher which killed the suds. I cleaned the mess up off the floor, ran the rinse cycle only, dishwasher empty. Then, I ran the dishwasher again with dishwasher soap to make sure it was clean. THEN, I took the non dishwasher soap out of the cupboard where it sat next to the dishwasher soap and put it elsewhere!

So, what should you do? Go to the pool and hot tub place near you and get a small bottle of "Anti Foam" and do as I did. Expect to pay about $10.00 for the bottle.

Alterntively, you could remove the lower basket, sop as much water out as you can and then run the machine on a rinse cycle to see what happens.

While at the pool place, you might find a hot tub you like. Hey, you already have some of the chemical!

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