Replacing a Dishwasher?

October 11, 2004

Replacing a DishwasherMy dishwasher is about 8 1/2 years old. It does a terrible job of cleaning; glasses come out with grains of soap on them and look almost greasy! I used to use liquid gel but changed back to powder to see if it would work any better. Also, the inside food catcher (is plastic) and is almost coroded shut. Any way to clear this out? Or should I look at replacing the dishwasher and how do I keep this from happening again? Our water is very hard.



Deb from Arizona


October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Make sure your drain hose is higher than the drain plug or it will siphon the dirty water back in. Also running a load with vinegar helps. Is your water very hot? It will need to be to clean well. Spin your spray arm in the opposite direction it usually runs to loosen it. hope this helps.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

A good product on the market that might help you is called Lime-A-Way. Try placing some directly on the bad stains, and lastly send 1/2 cup through the whole cycle. This stuff is great on faucets and shower heads.


Just dip the shower head in a glass of this cleaner for about 5 - 15 minutes depends on the lime buildup and presto a unclogged shower head.

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October 12, 20040 found this helpful

I would put 2 or 3 cups of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it run a few minutes. Then interrupt the cycle by moving the door latch as if you're going to open the door. Let the solution soak for 20 or 30 minutes this way. Then close the latch to resume the cycle. I would run this complete cycle 2 or 3 times before I tried more expensive solutions. It is possible that the blade that pulverizes food particles may be damaged. This can happen if small bits of broken glass or bone are allowed to remain in the bottom of the dishwasher. According to my son, some models use very flimsy thin aluminum blades (as opposed to heavier stainless steel) which can be "chewed up" quite easily. Good Luck getting your problem resolved!

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October 12, 20040 found this helpful

Hello! I've had trouble with mine too lately...The soap doesn't get all washed out of the dispenser when it opens, and I have to wash them first for them to get "clean". Pointless huh? The water pressure doesn't seem to be enough. Thanks :) Aeromama

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