Dishwasher Troubleshooting

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    Aug 29, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    My rental property has an 18" Danby built in dishwasher, stainless steel interior.

    There is a heavy white chalky film caking the door from the soap dispenser. The dishes are still being washed well but can't stop the film from appearing.

    I have run a couple cycles of CLR and liquid detergent has always been used.

    Ideas?
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    Aug 29, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    Could be a couple of things.

    Make sure the rinse aid is full.

    Could be calcium buildup from highly mineralised water, in which case you can use stuff that's designed for hard water.

    I got hard water here and put the dishwasher through a cycle with a butt load of white vinegar every few days, it's like 1l of vinegar but it's cheap as hell so I don't mind.
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    Aug 30, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    First off, try another dw product. Highly recommend the Finish Quantum tabs, they're a little more expensive but well worth it.. Since they have the rinse-aid built into the tab, as do others, you don't need to use the rinse aid dispenser. If you still get that buildup after using the tabs then it probably is your water.

    btw.. Finish Quantum tabs were the highest rated in Consumer Reports and Finish liquid gel was almost if not the lowest rated, so brand name doesn't mean squat really.



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    Aug 30, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    ugh... dishwashers are 2nd only to printers on the list of "things I hate"
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    Aug 30, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    Our dishwasher had a similar problem. There are these handy dandy tablets they sell at Home Depot that got rid of the scale and made the stainless all blindingly shiny and stuff.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 30, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    There is also a product in the dishwashing aisle that you put on the rack and run with the machine empty to clear out all that gunk.
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    Aug 30, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Timbales saidThere is also a product in the dishwashing aisle that you put on the rack and run with the machine empty to clear out all that gunk.

    you can also put your BBQ racks in the dishwasher and use that stuff and they come out sparkly clean icon_biggrin.gif


    Not that I"m that lazy of course hahaha
  • Timbales

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Timbales saidThere is also a product in the dishwashing aisle that you put on the rack and run with the machine empty to clear out all that gunk.

    you can also put your BBQ racks in the dishwasher and use that stuff and they come out sparkly clean icon_biggrin.gif


    Not that I"m that lazy of course hahaha


    I never thought of that, that's a good idea
  • inundation

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    Aug 30, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    I was very amused by finding a topic about dishwashers in the "technology" forum, somewhat unexpected (but nevertheless appropriate).
  • westguy79

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    Aug 30, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
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