10 year old dishwasher - doesn't clean very well.


Old 05-14-05, 08:27 PM
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10 year old dishwasher - doesn't clean very well.

I have a Kenmore ultrawash II about 10 years old. For some reason dishes are not coming out clean, even though it has worked great for a long time. No changes in soap, loading dishes, etc. Any ideas on what to check. the arms seem to rotate OK when it is not running and everying "sounds" OK when it runs. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-15-05, 06:15 AM
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Hello: jwith2boys

The filter screen beneath the lower washer arm may be restricted with debris, soap scum, hard water deposits, etc. Remove and clean even if it looks okay. Beneath that filter may also be debris and/or some form or type of restriction, etc.

When accessing the lower filter screen, you will have to first remove the lower rotating washer arm. Clean the water discharge holes too. Besure the inlet to the washer arm is clear also. Same for the water feed into the arm.

Note the water level. Filler float may be struck or restricted in it's free moving up and down travel distance restricting the water fill volume, etc.

Lots of other possible causes may be related to water flow. Pump defective, hose restrictions, etc.

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Read several other posted questions (sticky note) pertaining to dishwashers. Plenty of other possible solutions have been offered.

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Old 05-15-05, 07:20 PM
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The problem with this unit is that its a kenmore. The name Kenmore is a Sears name and not a manufacturers name. In other words that Kenmore may be a G.E. in disguise or a Whirlpool, or a D/M. Look inside the dishwasher and see if there is a filter screen mounted towards that back held in place with a screw, its usually white. If so, you have a G.E., and G.E.s over ten years old are really not worth fixing. But here is what you can do. Remove the screen in the back. Reach inside and pull out the filter screen that is below that. Clean out the debris. If the dishwasher drains ok with very little water left(if any) left in the bottom then I doubt there is some other restriction. However, what you might try is before you start the dishwasher on its next wash, run the hot side of the faucet for a few seconds first, until you feel HOT water coming through the faucet. THen turn on the dishwasher. The idea is that sometimes when a dishwasher fills up, in some houses, HOT water doesnt have enough time to reach the D/W so the water temp isnt that good to really clean dishes. If that doesnt help, then get another dishwasher, preferably a Whirlpool or Maytag
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