Dishwasher isn't working right - advice?

Derek Bang

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Have yet to find a forum for appliance problems/repair. My dishwasher has been leaving chalky residue and various scratchy particles on my dishes for months. When I use vinegar each time I run it, it really helps. I've tried several different detergents to no avail. Plus, it used to work fine with the same detergent I've always used. I checked the draining grate, cleaned it out, and it looked fine. Now the thing is rattling for an unknown reason. It's an 8 year old whirlpool. They are cheap enough to just buy a new one. However, I'd hate to buy a new one if I don't need to (more bucks for HT stuff!). Any suggestions on how to fix what I've got, or if I need to get a new one, what brands/features are essential?
Thanks!
 

Bill Catherall

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I can't offer advice on the rattling, but it sounds like you have hard water problems (with the chalky residue and all). Have you tried adding a rinsing agent to the little hole in the door for rinsing agents? They usually help the water to sheet off the dishes better so when it dries up the minerals aren't left behind. Or you can also try turning off the heat drying and just let them drip dry. The dishes will come out with a little water on them, but it might stop the chalky buildup.
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Derek Bang

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The vinegar actually works better than the rinsing agent on the chalky build up. However, I never used to need anything for it... Guess I should check with the water company. I don't use the heated dry option either... Thanks for your thoughts...
 

BryanZ

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If it is rattling, that would seem to indicate a loose fan or screw or other part. You now have three options:
1. Tear it apart and fix whatevers loose.
2. Buy a new dishwasher and donate the one you presently have to Junkyard Wars.
3. Use a healthy dose of c-4 on it. (Make sure you do this away from the house.
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Kyle

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"Re: Dishwasher isn't working right - advice?"
Yeah, fire her!

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Jon_Are

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Derek,
Head over to doityourself.com and click on the forum.
Lots of helpful/knowledgable people.
(much more so than here
)
Good luck,
Jon
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Steve Schaffer

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I feel your pain. My dishwasher's been on it's last legs for 3 years.
In that time I've spent several thousand dollars on HT gear, but can't bring myself to give Sears $400 for a new dishwasher--says something about my priorities, I guess.
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