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Also, if you are using dry detergent (that is not pre-measured in pods, etc.), you may be overfilling the detergent dispenser. When the dry detergent gets wet, it swells and causes the detergent dispenser door to stick.
Your best cleaning option would be to put a tablespoon of citric acid powder in the machine and run it on hot normal load all the way through. The citric acid dissolves much of the gunk that builds up in dishwashers without damagin any of it's components. You can get citric acid powder at your local Target or CVS (Walmart or Home Depot in Canada).
Another thing to think of... if you are using the dishwasher packets, you will have buildup in your machine as the packets are slow to dissolve fully and can cause plug-ups in certain conditions. Using the hot cycle is really the only way to use them effectively. Liquid soap is a much better alternative.
If you have hard water, use only a little bit of soap. And you will probably need to add a rinse agent too. The government recently outlawed phosphate in detergent - now most detergents don't clean very well and don't dissolve either. This map shows the hard water regions in USA: http://www.citriclean.net/why-citriclean/
Try emptying the dishwasher and putting a few tablespoons of vegatable oil in the bottom. Run the cycle without soap and no dishs. Often dish soap (palmolive) builds up and creates soap suds that won't go away during a normal cycle. The oil binds with the soap residue to get rid of it. It worked for my Kenmore. I know do it every few months. Good Luck!!! Thanks
Either your dishwasher is not getting the water hot enough to dissolve the powder, or you need to switch brands. Try a liquid/gel type of dishwasher detergent. Try stopping the washer a few minutes after you start a wash cycle. Open the door -- if there is a lot of steam coming out at you, it's not the water temperature. If there is no steam, your dishwasher is not getting hot water and/or the heating coil is not working.
You need to clean your particle screen under the heating element. It is found at the bottom center of the washer under the heating coil. It is usually a plastic mesh screen and sometimes are removable. This needs to be cleaned really good about every 2 months. This will stop the problem with the suds. Good Luck This Should Help!
By the way I see that you soap won't dissolve this is not because of water temperature it is that the jets in the washer arm are clogged. You need to clean these one by one with a small cleaning device and brush. When these clog the jets of water don't come out with any force they just trickle. Clean the jets(on the arm that spins at the top and bottom of the washer and your screen and it will be like having a brand new washer.
check that the spray arms are turning and that the holes in them are not clogged, if you line them up pointing towards the front let the machine fill then as it starts to wash open the door and you should see the arms slowing down, if they are okay then check the water level which should just lap the filter at the bottom