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Dishwasher Dilemmas

Dishwasher Dilemma Repair Service

The holidays are approaching and if you’re like me, your dishwasher is an essential part of any dinner party! If yours isn’t performing at its best, try some of these simple remedies.

If the problem still remains, contact our Service Department so we can try to get you scheduled for a visit before the holidays.

Service Department Phone Number: (616) 288-1020
or fill out our online form here.


Common Dilemmas 

Detergent cup remains closed: This is the simplest issue to fix. Make sure that nothing is in front of or blocking the cup like large items in the lower racks. It is also important to be sure that the timer is off.

Dishes are still wet:
This is a frustration that many people face because new dishwashers do not dry like older models. Older models had a heating element that constantly stayed on during drying cycles. Newer models cycle the heating element on and off, which means it may only be on for 10-15 minutes total in a 30 minute drying cycle. Too much or too little detergent can also affect how well dishes dry. If your dishes are constantly wet, look into these things…

  • Check that the cycle has been set to the heated drying option
  • Check the rinse aid level to see if it needs to be filled
  • Take a look at how the dishwasher is loaded, ensuring that big items are not blocking smaller items from being cleaned
  • It is helpful to know that plastic cools more quickly than metal and glass. Water often evaporates off of glass and metal and condenses on the cooler plastic items leaving some dishes dry while others are still wet 

Too much noise:
a machine will be too noisy if there is debris stuck in the vent fan, drain pump, or circulation. A good rule of thumb is “if water can’t dissolve the debris, don’t put it into the dishwasher.” A bad seal can let water into the bearing, creating the excess noise. Be sure to check out the issue before the dishwasher is damaged further and requires extensive repairs.

Too much sudsing:
Pre-washing dishes with dish detergent may be the cause of “over sudsing.” To help with the suds issue, add a ¼ cup of vegetable oil to the dishwasher and run a normal wash cycle. The oil will help dissipate the bubbles. Washing your hands over dishes in the sink can also leave residue on dishes that can cause additional suds. Remember, dishwashers use special detergent and will have issues if your dishes have any residue from other soaps.

Dishwasher leaving white residue on dishes:
White residue on dishes started getting worse after phosphates were, by law, removed from detergents. This can be reduced or cleaned out by a simple trick – start the dishwasher in normal cycle and add 1 quart of white vinegar directly into the bottom of the dishwasher. Let it run its full cycle. The vinegar should clear out existing white residue, and keep the unit clean and clear for future uses. Glisten or Afresh can also be used to help remedy this issue. Whatever cleaner is used, it needs to be added after the pre-rinse, so that it is not flushed out before the wash cycle.



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