I have a KitchenAid KUDM01TJ-BL0. Recently it began leaving bits of food on the dishes, mainly the glasses on the top rack. I've tried using the hi-temp scrub setting, as well as multiple brands and forms of detergent. Nothing has helped. Also, sometimes the whole load of clean dishes comes out smelling like wet dog. I think this may be related to putting dishes with eggs on them in the dishwasher...so it may not be related.
Any ideas how I can fix this so my husband won't make me buy a new one? :)
The screen inside the dishwasher mechanism not the screen in the washer is clogged.Look at the parts breakdown in your manual and maybe you want to tackle the job,it isn't hard,I do mine about 3 times a year.
I have the same problem, and sometimes, when I add salt to my water softener, the problem goes away until the next time I need to add salt. Other times, I have no idea when I'm going to have the crud in the glasses. I've tried different detergents, rinse agents and even different shaped glasses. Seems the glasses which have slightly larger bottoms than tops are worse.
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The part he replaced (chopper) is a common problem with this particular machine. If he has removed all residual food particles from the machine, and you have done your part to rinse them thoroughly before loading, I doubt you have the same issue. There could be other possibilities. One: The water inlet valve could be restricting, thereby not allowing the the proper amount of water into the machine. Two: The internal pump impellers may be worn, and not propelling the water upward enough to reach the top rack. Hope this lends a little insight.
Your water pressure is not high enough in the dishwasher to wash the dishes on the top rack. The most common reason is that the pump in your dishwasher cannot pump fast enough to keep the water pressure up. That is because the shaft that drives the pump impeller also drives the macerator cutter that grinds up bits of food fine enough for it to pass through the screen and out to the drain. Over time, small bits of bone, broken glass, eggshell, and other items that are too strong to be cut up by the cutter end up sitting in the area where it has to spin, and they prevent it from spinning fast enough to pump enough water to the top rack with any pressure. It is simple enough to repair. You need to take out the racks, remove the bottom arm and clean out the little macerator. Once that is done, it should work great again.
In my experience, you probably have a clog in the spray arm/arms for the top rack. Take the arm(s) out and see if the holes in them are clogged. Rice, plastic wrappers, and glass from dishes that broke in there are the most common culprits I've seen.
Now is a good time to remove the spray arm and the filter/strainer underneath it. Clean everything you remove in the sink. With a flashlight, inspect everywhere in the sump area and remove debris (watch out for broken glass!) Inspect the impeller, making sure it is not broken and that is spins freely. While you are in there, look carefully at the heating element for damage and breaks.
Reassemble and test. If it continues to leave a film on the dishes (especially visible on the glassware) suspect the heating element (no kidding) If it is not heating during the final rinse and drying cycle, that is your main problem.
If problems continue when the heating element is working, then the wash motor is failing and needs to be replaced.
Good Luck, please post back here with what you find, OK?
Dish washers are not good at removing food debris. They filter the water somewhat but in the main, they recirculate whatever was on the plates when you put them in plus the detergent. The rinse takes all grease and solubles away. Scrape your dishes of as much as you can before putting them in. Use a good detergent in the amount specified.
water-inlet valve can sometimes fail slowly, rather than all at once.
It can shudder on and off rapidly, causing the incoming water lines to
shake, rumble, and rattle--sometimes violently. If yours is doing this,
replace the inlet valve.or may be its due to Heater fanIf
the heater fan bearings are rusted or worn, they may squeal, or scrape
loudly during the drying cycle. If this is the problem, replace the fan
motor. Alternatively, the fan blade may be loose. If so, you need to