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Re: what is wrong with my dishwasher and how can I fix...
Check water temp. Needs to be a minimum of 120 degrees. Check all the spray arm holes for food blockage. Look closely at the holes on the spray arm ends. Those holes act like jet engines to spin the arms.
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Check your wash arms, and make sure the holes are not plugged. Also make sure they are free to turn. Next,remove the toe-kick panel, and look for leaks or signs of leakage. Sometimes (especially if your tile floor doesn't go all the way back), dishwashers will leak most of their water out and you never know it! Other simpler things is to make sure you are not blocking the soap dispenser with large pans or plates.
Soap dispenser cover will not open until front knob is at 4:30 or 5 o'clock. Turn knob to 5 o'clock and jiggle dispenser cover. If cover still does not open, is detergent caked such that door won't open? If yes, remove caked detergent. If no, disconnect power at breaker. GE repair manual says to remove screws for inner door panel and inspect detergent dispenser mechanism with lever and trip lever for broken or binding parts.
My GE potscrubber, model GSH942 (very old) is not working, as one of its part was fumed (burned). Though the dishwasher is old, it was doing perfect job. Kindly advise whether there is any hope to save it. picture of damaged part is attached.
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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
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.
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1. No water
Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water
shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to
the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill
cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at
the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either
side), in which case replace the water valve.
2. Not enough water
If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This
could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located
under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the
bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).
3. Clogged spay arms
There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher.
Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray
4. Water temperature is too low
To get the best results, the water has to be at 120 degrees
Fahrenheit when entering the dishwasher.
5. Not enough soap
If you only fill one part of the soap cup, try adding soap to
6. Smoky film on dishes and glasses
This problem occurs due to excessive calcium build up inside the
dishwasher. Try cleaning you dishwasher using a dishwasher cleaner.
Try the combo liguidgel powder packets and wash on the potscrubber plus setting. We saw a drastic improvement with this setting. I have just about gotten out of the habit of thorough pre-washing, but I do rinse heavily soiled items.