Question about GE 24 in. Profile PDW9880JSS Built-in Dishwasher
Can you tell me how to unclog the smartdispenser or direct me to a site that can help me? I use cascade, but I guess my wife
mixed the different kinds.
Thanks so much,
I have the same problem and found the below on the GE website. It says to purge the detergent from the Smart Dispense. I am in the process of doing it now...we'll see if it works:
How to Purge Incorrect Liquid Detergent from the Bulk Dispenser
The purge routine operates the bulk dispenser pump continuously to drain the bulk dispenser tank when an incorrect liquid was poured in the tank. The process consists of setting up the dishwasher to run the purge mode, running the purge mode and then cleaning up the purged detergent.
Follow these steps carefully to have a successful purge run.
For Top Control Models:
2. Press Heated Dry and Cookware together for 3 seconds. All LEDs illuminate.
3. Press Added Heat and Cookware together for 3 seconds. The Anti-bacterial LED illuminates.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
I inadvertently mixed chlorine and enzyme cleansers. The solution turned into mortar! No one at GE knew anything about these directions, nothing on their website, nothing in the manual. If hubby and I can do this, you can too.
Turn off the power to the dishwasher from the house fuse box, naturally.
Unscrew the bottom two door bolts. Lay the door down.
Unscrew the door panel from the door. Carefully lift the panel to get to the white and blue (flat) cables that hold them together. The white cable pulls straight out, with some wiggling and patience. The blue cable has a middle button to "click" downward to, also, pull it straight out. Not that easy but can be done. You can then set the door aside. The other cables easily remove.
Now you can get to the dispenser container. It is held in by the screw top. Lay the panel flat. Unscrew the dispenser top. Then unscrew the dispenser container ring that is on the panel. Hold the dispenser so as not to fall off. The dispenser will remove from the tubing to the pump very easily. Rinse out the dispenser. It takes some hot water and shaking. Reverse steps to put washer together.
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
Same problem accept I have always used the same detergent since new. I think this is going to be an ongoing issue with the smart despencer.
gives a good view of the parts you are working with on page 17.
I started with solution #3 accept I didn't take the tank out and didn't destroy the tank ring assembly that cost $75++ dollars. I took the pump off and pushed the end of a coat hanger into the soap outlet which loosened the geled soap. I placed a catch pan under the outlet, filled the tank with water then blew throught the soap fill hole forcing the soap out into the catch pan. After running about 10 glasses of water through the bottle I believe I got all the old soap out. Good luck!
Posted on May 28, 2010
I found this on the GE site:
Dishwasher - SmartDispenseTM Detergent and Poor Washability
Mixing an enzyme-based detergent with a chlorine-based detergent causes a jell-like coating on the detergent dispenser tank sensor. This coating prevents the Low Detergent LED light from coming on. You will get poor washability, since there is no visual indication that the detergent tank is empty and that you need to refill the tank.
Currently, the only enzyme-based detergent on the market is Cascade Complete. If you want to switch from Cascade Complete to a chlorine-based detergent (or the other way around), the following routine should be used:
Once the Low Detergent LED light comes on, run an additional 3 wash cycles to empty the SmartDispenseTM detergent tank. (The light will come on when there are 3 loads of detergent left. Running these three additional cycles will clear the tank of any remaining detergent).
Then use the standard manual detergent cup for the next 10 wash cycles to make certain no residue is left in the SmartDispenseTM detergent tank. After the ten cycles in the manual cup, you can fill the SmartDispense tank with your new choice of detergent. At this time you can stop use of the manual cup.
Note: These steps must be taken when you want to switch detergent TYPE (enzyme vs chlorine). You do not need to follow these steps if you are just switching BRAND of detergent (Electrosol to Sunlight).
To avoid this process, we recommend choosing one type of detergent and "sticking with it."
Posted on May 17, 2008
I had the problem the light not coming on. i thought it was clogged but i stuck a mechanic mirror and looked in the dispenser and no detergent. so i unplugged the dishwasher and waited 30 sec then pluggedd back in the light came on finally. it fixed my problem.
Posted on Jan 09, 2010
I just had this same exact problem. Solution #3 is the best solution. I couldn't believe how many chunks of gel came out of the container. To flush it out with water would have taken forever...and I would have still had chunks of gunk it in.
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
I filled my SmartDispense halfway full and ran my first load. When I started my second load, the Low Detergent light came on and I found the dispenser empty. Why did this happen?
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
If you run it as is you will have a kitchen full of soapy water.
Take a pot or pan. Fill it with COLD water. Our it into the DW. Fillit to the regular water level, about 1 inch below the bottom rim.
Set the DW to a pump out setting and drain it.
You will have to repeat this several times to clear the soap out.
COLD water pump out. Cold water pump out etc.
Do not use HOT water. You will get instant suds and lots of them.
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
your dishes or glassware appear with a white residue or spotted following a complete
wash cycle, adjusting the amount or type of detergent you?re using and
adjusting your hot water heater?s water temperature may solve the
problem. But before you do either of these, put a rinse additive (such
as Jet-Dry) in the rinse dispenser to improve the sheeting action of
Next, you?ll have to determine whether the film is removable or permanently etched. To do this, soak a glass in undiluted white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Or, wash the glass with warm water and concentrated dishwasher detergent or a high-phosphate detergent (such as Glass Magic).
If the film comes off, it is probably caused by hard water minerals, improper amounts of detergent, or unsuitable water temperature.
Permanent etching is often caused by a combination of soft water and excessive heat or detergent. If glassware is permanently etched, there isn?t anything you can do to make it clear again. But you can avoid future etching by taking these steps:
1) Be sure hot water entering the dishwasher is no hotter than 140 degrees F. Don?t use extra-hot settings such as ?Power Scrub,? and use the ?Energy Saver? dry cycle.
2) Adjust the detergent amount.
3) Don?t pre-rinse your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Food particles on the dishes actually help the detergent and drying agents clean better.
A common cause of poor washing results is improper loading?dishes that block or impede the spray arm(s) or prevent the soap dispenser from opening. On the other hand, if your dishwasher has chronic problems with good washing, the problem may not be your dishwasher. A good first step is vary the amount of dishwasher detergent you're using and try switching brands.
Other possibilities: Your home?s water pressure may be too low, your water may be too hard, or the water temperature may not be hot enough.
In order for your dishwasher to fill to the appropriate level, water pressure should be from 20?120 pounds per square inch. If you suspect that your water pressure may be low, turn off all faucets or other users of water (such as washing machines and sprinklers) and then put a half-gallon jug under the kitchen faucet. Turn on the hot water full-blast. If the jug doesn?t fill within 14 seconds, your water pressure may be too low for proper dishwasher operation. Call your city water utility to discuss your options, or avoid drawing water elsewhere in the house or yard during dishwasher cycles.
The right amount of detergent to use depends on how large your load of dishes is and how hard your water is. Hardness is measured in grains of minerals?the more grains per gallon you have, the more detergent you?ll need. If your water has 12 grains or more of hardness, fill both dishwasher soap cups completely with detergent. If that doesn?t work, consider installing a water softener. (For more information, see the article Water Softener Systems.
To check water temperature, hold a meat thermometer under the hot water faucet for two minutes; if it doesn?t register a minimum of 140 degrees F., turn up the temperature dial on your hot water heater. (However, if you have a newer dishwasher that heats the water internally, it isn?t necessary to turn up your hot water heater.)
If your dishwasher has worked fine in the past but suddenly your dishes aren?t clean after the dishwasher completes all cycles, listen to the spray arm(s) spinning inside during the wash cycle. If spinning poorly, wait for the machine to cool down, remove the spray arm(s) by unscrewing the hubcap(s), lifting the arm(s) off, and then cleaning out the spray holes in the spray arm(s) with a stiff piece of wire.
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Posted on Sep 04, 2010
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Posted on Oct 29, 2010
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