Having trouble getting all of your dishes clean? I definitely was, and I got tired of having to unload dishes just to have to put them back in or handwash them on my own. I took an afternoon to do some research, got some answers, and are sharing them with you!
I had problems getting all of my dishes clean in the dishwasher, especially on the top rack. I have hard water and tried a mineral remover that seemed to work, but I still have problems getting everything clean. I took an afternoon to do some research and after some quality time with google, I found a website that was really helpful with explaining my possible problems. I found out that there could be several problems occurring:
Split spray arm: they could be clogged with food particles or mineral deposits. You can try to fix it with an object such as a pipe cleaner, straight pin, or toothpick to clean out the holes or you can just replace the spray arm.
Filter: Some dishwashers have filters that clean themselves; however, others have filters at the bottom of the tub that you have to clean. These types of filters can be removed and replaced very easily.
Pressure switch: A bad pressure switch can sometimes prevent the dishwasher from filling up enough. It can also sometimes lead to extra water leftover after the cycle. In this case you would have to replace the pressure switch.
My problem ended up being my spray arm. I didn’t want to go through the do-it-yourself hassle of cleaning it out and everything, so I decided to buy a new one since the one I have now will most likely break again after I fix it. The website I found also sells a hung amount of appliance parts, and since they had next day ground shipping, I decided to order from them as well! If you’re having the same problems I was – www.applianceparts.com is a nice, easy place to go for those, like me, who don’t know much about appliances.
Good luck repairing! Hope this helped
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