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Offline neustkg

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Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« on: November 19, 2011, 05:18:21 PM »
Our Kenmore dishwasher (Mod. #66516022403) has problems leaving deposits on cups.  Most of the time for some reason, it's ceramic coffee cups.  Plastic cups seem to make it through the wash clean most of the time.  We also notice that when we fill a cup with water that came from the dishwasher, it tends to be a bit soapy.  Rinsing it once or twice usually does the trick, though.
 
 As for washing, I use the Kirkland (Costco brand) dishwasher gel (it had good reviews in Consumer Reports a while ago), fill both trays to the top, and I don't use the Jet Dry rinsing agent anymore.  I noticed a while ago when I was using it that it left a nasty taste on glasses. When I stopped using it and when the reservoir that holds it went dry, the taste went away.  So no more of that.  I also use the Pot scrubber mode with air dry.
 
 Is there a float somewhere that might be sticking or is there something that might be clogged that I can take apart and rinse out?  I realize the new detergents don't have phosphates anymore, but the dishwasher should at least rinse all the soap off.  We're to the point of thinking about replacing it.  It was one of the high rated dishwashers in Consumer Reports, too.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 05:35:09 PM »
You need to check the water fill level. It should be just under the heating element.
You need to check the spray arm holes for any debris stuck in them and clean it out.
Set the spray arms at the 12 oclock position and run the dishwasher.
Open the door 2 or 3 times to verify the arms are moving good.
Place a cup right side UP in the top rack when the dw is running. Does the cup fill with water?
Clean out the filter.
After doing this,report back to us.
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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 10:18:50 PM »
http://www.amazon.com/Lemishine-Rinse-2-Pack/dp/B004X11OZW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1321762394&sr=8-3.http://www.seventhgeneration.com/Free-and-Clear/Dishwasher-Detergent.
Try these products together and get rid of the liquid/gel detergent. They should be available at your local grocery store. All natural ingredients. Dishwasher Detergent
« Last Edit: November 19, 2011, 10:23:34 PM by MajorApp »

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 11:34:52 PM »
I agree about getting rid of the gel. I was using Cascade Gel from Sams. Machine started leaving residue all over everything. I finally figured out it was the gel and switched back to powder. I also started using the Sani Rinse option and mine eventually got OK. I think the hotter water helped rinse some of the gel build-up out of the machine--I read where the gels tend to stick and build up inside. I also ran Dishwasher Magic through mine. Also, my dishwasher is a Kenmore Elite so I am sure we have the same style pump etc.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2011, 09:59:18 AM »
OK, last night I took jumptrout's advice.  I did notice that when I push the top tray in, it didn't go in all the way and engage the water supply.  I'll make sure it's fully engaged from now on.  I also used vinegar last night along with the gel to help rinse.  The top spray wand before last night's run happened to be sticky.  I noticed after the run that the wand was clean (probably due to being fully engaged to the water supply.

After this gel is used up (a week or so) I will be trying the Finnish Powerball detergent.  I noticed it had high reviews in consumer reports.  I also noticed the product Dishwasher Magic that I can get in the grocery store.  It is citric acid and will help clean deposits that build up.

I also noticed that the gasket was dirty so I cleaned that along with the part of the door that touches the gasket.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2011, 10:02:06 AM »
If you are having food deposits on the dishes, you can run the hot water at your sink until it is hot and then start your dishwasher. This will verify that the water used for the initial soak is hot as possible. You can also run tang powder through the dishwasher to clean out any soap deposits if you don't want to purchase a cleaner such as dishwasher magic.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2011, 11:51:02 AM »
  I wouldn't put any value on a consumer reports report. They don't even know that Kenmore doesn't make any appliance.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 12:24:40 PM »
MajorApp,

I realize you can't go by a CR review 100%, but where else can you go for reviews?  You can look at customer reviews for products online, such as on Amazon.com, but those are reviews by people who probably haven't tried the all of the products out there and for the most part, the reviews are hardly scientific.  The Amazon.com reviews are useful, but you have to take them with a grain of salt.

I tend to read the CR reviews for appliances, vacuums, etc., but when it comes to other things like cars, bikes, etc., I skip over those articles or the issue goes in the recycle.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2011, 01:03:43 PM »
We always suggest customers use Cascade actionpacs or the Finish powerball detergents.

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Re: Dishwasher leaving deposits Mod. 66516022403
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 09:11:21 PM »
I was using the cascade action paks and the complete action paks too, but they didnt seem to clean to well. I switched back to the cascade complete powder and immeditly noticed a difference. There was more detergent = more cleaning. I also use lemi shine every few washes and it does wonders for my fogged glasses and dishes, also cleans up the dishwasher tub pretty nicely. You can use lemi shine very wash, but its expensive for the little bottle you get and also dont use lemishine on hand painted stuff, or stuff with painted gold or silver, it will eat those off  in one wash. Make sure the designs are under the glaze and youll be fine!

 

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