My dishwasher is driving me crazy. I have four children and admittedly some are better than others at scraping gunk off of the dishes. However is seems that at least every two weeks we have to dig into the machine and manually clean the filter (grinder?) for the dishes to get clean. Otherwise it's as if the load wasn't even done. The soap will be seen on the top of the dishes. This unit is only about 4 years old. Do I need to replace it? I can't guarantee my children would be any better with another model, but I might be able to find a model with either better grinding or an easier filter to clean. Please guide me! Sincerely Dolly Perry
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Re: Filter clogging continually!
If this is the only problem you have with your dishwaser, no need to move to a new one !!!!
You will face the same phenomena with the new machine, so why to waste money.
Good luck with your children's dishes cleaning course.
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Dishwashers do not drain a such. The water has to be pumped out so it important that you don't do anything that will interfere with the efficient operation of the pump.
1. You need to pull every movable item out of the washer (baskets and the water filter units at the bottom of the washer) and give them a good clean. Then clean as much of the white gunk you can out of the machine. This is a build up of soap residue and may include undissolved soap.
2. Then run the machine while empty through 2 complete wash cycles with maximum hot water temperature to clean what remains out of it. Do NOT use any dishwasher powder while you are doing this.
3. The problem you have can be due to
- poor quality dishwasher soap powder being used or soap products completely unsuitable for dishwashers are being used
- too much soap powder product is being used
- the water temperature in the machine is far too low. In that event the water heater unit in the machine may be faulty.
Whatever dishwasher powder you are using I would change and buy a better one and also use less than what you have been using in each wash up to now. I would also STOP the machine in the middle of the wash cycle, then open the door and check the water temperature. It should be so hot a wall of steam should rush out when you open the door.
The upper spray arm is powered by water from a tube that runs up the back of your machine on the inside. If the connection is not aligned, then the water can't get to the spray arm. My children use to knock mine out of kilter when they loaded the lower section. It's easy to see if the supports are not attached to the upper rack and a simple snap will get them back in place. You may have clogged jets in the upper spray arm.It will need to be removed so that you can soak it in hot soapy water and then flush it with hot water. You may also need to take a toothpick or tweezer to remove any debris that clogs the jets. Finally, check the bottom of your door on the inside of the dishwasher. It's amazing the "gunk" that can collect there. This gunk can be redistributed to your dishes. I put some soapy water in a cup and use an old toothbrush to clean this area. Then I rinse twice with hot water. Finally run the dishwasher with 1/2 cup of white vinegar while empty. This should take care of your gritty dishes. I hope so. If it does, please come back to Fixya and rate my advice!
Gary Miller was closest. You can also try this:
After the outlet hose has drained, open the dishwasher door and blow hard into the outlet hose (try not to get any gunk in your mouth! I usually put my hand in between the hose and my mouth.
You will find a bit of resistance then it should clear. Remove the filter (the one you remove and clean after every wash) and see if there is any gunk in the sump. Remove what you can by drawing the water out as best you can and using a rag to remove the gunk. Close the door and see if it tries to fill. Let it fill for a while until there is some water in the sump. Do the blow through the outlet hose trick again to see if it has cleared.
If you ket the dishwasher drain via the outlet hose, any gunk in the hose will end up clogging it again.
It is the grease left on dishes or pots & pans. It can be cleaned off using a good regular dishwashing detergent like Dawn in the sink, not in the dishwasher. To prevent it, scrape the dishes & pots better, and if possible, turn the temperature of the hot water up a few degrees. You should also change dishwasher detergents to a liquid, with a built in water softener.
You will notice immediately if water is not being sprayed. Just open the unit and you will notice and hear the water splashing until it stops. There are four possibilities for your problem.
1. wrong type of soap. Ideally you use the 3 or 4 in 1 by Finish. They are the best tablets worldwided.
2. Your dishwasher lacks salt. Check the reseviour and make sure it is full
3. The filter is clogged. Check the user manual to guid you through this.
4. The disches should be scraped off food before they are put in the unit. Do not expect the dishwasher to make all the work for you.
Further, do not overload the unit with disches more than it can handle.
I also suggest you run the unit with a hot temperature cycle.
I had this same problem and solved it. The black rubber hose leading from my Disposal to the overflow vent on the sink corner was clogged. You will need to remove the hose via 2 hose clamps and scrape out the nasty gunk inside. Did I say Nasty???? I meant NASTY! I used a straight piece of 1/2" conduit to scrape the inside walls and then pushed a piece of rag through it again and again till it was clean. Don't forget to check the disposal nipple which leads into the grinding chamber. That thing was nastily clogged on mine. Had to use a knife or something (I don't recal) to scrape out the walls of this 2-3" deep opening. Works like a charm now.
I'll save you some trouble.....I took apart the vent and the dishwasher hose all for not! They were clean as a whistle. It was that dang disposal cauding all the problems.
Well you have three things to look at
simple things first. Is the drain hose clogged Gunk builds up in these hoses and can cause the pump to fail after awhile. if connected to garbage disposal .... is this draining.Take the hose off and clean or blow or replace.
Filter clogged or missing, The filter keeps the pump from getting gooberd up. small pieces of plastic and glass or whatever will either kill your pump or just jamb it up.
can you hear the pump trying to work????
Quiet turn everything off and listen for the pump to work.