Why aren’t my dishes getting clean?
Please be aware that dishwashers are not garbage disposals. Be sure to rinse all dishes off prior to washing.
Another thing to check is that the water temperature is hot enough. Typically, a hot water heater thermostat should be set to at least 140 degrees. You can also check to see if there is a temperature boost setting on your dishwasher. This may also improve the cleaning performance of your appliance.
You can prime your dishwasher by running hot water in your sink for a few minutes before you first start your dishwasher. This will boost the temperature of the water as it enters the unit and help with residue removal.
Check and see that nothing is obstructing the spray arms and that the bottom of the inside of the unit is clean. Always load the machine as directed by your owner’s manual.
Help! My dishwasher won’t start.
Be sure to check if the power switch on the wall is turned “on”. Most new homes will have this switch located near the dishwasher. Also check your breaker box to make sure a switch or fuse hasn’t blown.
Why aren’t my dishes getting dry?
You must use Jet Dry in order to get dishes dry. Using the soap with Jet Dry in it will not have the desired effect. Glass, plastic, and non-stick items hold water drops, and Jet Dry reduces the inherent surface tension of the water so that it sheens off the dishes more efficiently.
Why does my Dishwasher smell inside?
Food particles can get trapped in the filter, and as time passes they begin to rot. Make sure your filter is clean. Using “Finish In” will help your dishwasher smell better. You can also run the unit with a cup of white vinegar inside.
The inside of my dishwasher is turning colors and looks stained. Can I fix that?
If the inside of your dishwasher has begun to build mineral stains or is turning brown, you can put Limeaway or Tang Citrus Drink into the tank during a wash cycle. The citric acid should help to remove mineral build up and restore the finish.
There is a weird film inside my dishwasher. How do I get rid of it?
Always clean your dishwasher per the guidelines established by your owner’s manual, but one successful cleaning method is to place 5-6 small drops of good quality regular liquid hand washing detergent in the bottom of your unit and put the machine through a regular cycle. This will generally wash away soap scum, mineral deposits, as well as grit and will also allow the machine to operate more efficiently. Never use more than 5-6 small drops of detergent or else you run the risk of causing a flood.
Help! My disposal smells terrible!
To make the disposal smell better, put half of a lemon or orange (or just the peels) in the sink and turn on the disposal. Be sure to use cold or warm water and never hot when operating the garbage disposal.
My disposal isn’t working at all. It just hums.
Turn the unit off and remove anything that has fallen into the grinding chamber. Always be sure the unit is OFF before placing your hands or tools into the grinding chamber. You can also attempt to use an “unjamming” tool if available. Turn the unit off first, then insert the “unjamming” tool through the sink into the bottom of the disposal and turn the tool clockwise.
What do I do if my disposal unit is dead?
Push the red reset button located on the bottom or side of the disposal under the sink. If the unit begins to hum or trips again, your unit is probably jammed. See the above steps and then attempt to reset again.