Dishwasher Not Getting Dishes Clean Or Cleaning Good

If your dishes are coming out dirty and you made sure that you added a rinse agent. See this one’s got a rinse agent, and using the correct kind of soap. You’re running your hot water first. Check the air gap to make sure that’s clear– which I’ve already done– and the disposal drain line.

And then you want to check inside the sump. So what I’m going to do is vacuum it out. But you want to be careful in there because odds are that someone breaks a glass and there’s glass down there. And you can’ t really see it. And that’s most often the cause of this not draining properly.

Clean this out back here. Let’s do those two screws down here. And it’s normal that it keeps the water in there. It keeps water in there to keep the seals wet, prevent them from drying out and cracking. So you’ll see a bit of water in the bottom. And downside here is a second cover. I’ll pull this out. And, again, be careful if you stick your fingers in there because a lot of times it’s broken glass down in there.

It has a little metal piece that spins. And this one seems to have some debris that’s stuck to it. I’m trying to pull that off now. And that acts so it spins sort of like a garbage disposal to grind stuff up. But it’s got some pieces of plastic or something down around it. So that can be part of the cause.

Pull all that stuff off of there. I still feel quite a bit more here. Fortunately there’s no glass down here. And I’m spinning the little piece of metal. It’s like a little metal hook that spins around to grind up smaller food particles.

You want to brush off most of the bigger food particles. Get rid of all this debris here. But it will grind up a tiny bit. I’ll get my wet dry vac in. Here comes the noise.

We’ll actually be able to see the little metal part I was telling you about. I’ll have to peek down in there better myself. There’s this darn piece of plastic that’s wrapped itself around this part here. Not the easiest spot to get into here. It’s all clear there. Now we need to test it out, make sure the thing is cycling properly here.

And I think I will wait to put the screws back in. Test this out here. More things for you to run your dishwasher. It’s a good idea to let the hot water run for a little bit. And that way the water heats up and when you start your dishwasher it’ll be filling with hot water. It does have it’s own heater. But it’s still a little bit better to start with hot water.

Letting it fill up there. Getting hot now. And we’ll listen to the fill cycle. We’re gonna advance it a little bit. There it is. That’s the fill cycle. Once we finish this fill cycle we will push it ahead to the drain cycle. Now it’s gone through the fill cycle. And we’ll make sure everything’s– oh yeah– it’s spraying good. The water’s pretty scummy.

Now we’re ready to advance it to the drain cycle. And we want to make sure there’s no water spurting out of that air gap. And make sure everything’s going into our disposal. It all seems proper. This is going to work just fine. Little plastic pieces have gotten ground up inside there. So I’ll rinse this all off, put it all back together, and we’ll be good to go.

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