For the past few days, our countertop dishwasher hasn't been working properly. Out of one load, about a third of the dishes look properly clean, a third look like they have just been touched with a little water, and a third look like they weren't even rinsed. Where these three types show up seems to be random. I have cleaned the trap in the bottom of the dishwasher, and made sure the rinse aid compartment is full, and neither has had any effect. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 12, 2014 -
There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz
on Jan 23, 2014 -
It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Jan 13, 2014 -
It should be a simple thing, but it isn't: How do I clean out the drain hose and drain flap on my Fisher & Paykel dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I'm going to have to replace my kitchen appliances at some point, so I browse the interweb late at night to see what is out there. I'm dismayed at the universality of high-tech interfaces on mid- to high-end appliances, by which I mean panels with LEDs and buttons that beep, and are both fragile and expensive to replace; kosher fridges that I just know will malfunction and leave my food in the dark every Saturday; programming functions on my dishwasher that will require me to go back to school to understand. What other options are out there? [more inside]
posted by Capri
on Oct 19, 2013 -
Ugh, I left a load of dirty dishes in my dishwasher but forgot to run the cycle before a monthlong trip. Now it's full of mold and I'm not exactly sure if it's dangerous and how to clean it up (assuming I can still use the plates). [more inside]
posted by mxmm
on Oct 4, 2013 -
So, it seems my Whirlpool dishwasher has finally bitten the dust - rather than actually washing, it kind of groans for the entire "wash" cycle, without actually, you know, spewing any water onto the dishes and cleaning them. Unfortunately, my local appliance store closed due to the owners retiring, so I can't ask their expert advice. Has anyone here bought a splendid new dishwasher lately? I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I have a 7-year old Whirlpool dishwasher (GU2200XTSB to be exact.)
I got the 7 clean-light-flash error signal, and was able to clear that (so control panel seems good.)
Heating element -- still hot.
Water fills? check.
But then it just hums when in the past the big chugging washing motion would begin.
So it sounds like some kind of pump/motor problem. The water isn't getting pushed around. The little detergent door is opened but the detergent is still there, barely wet.
I am pretty handy and have repaired several other major appliances before. so --
1) how to diagnose pump vs. motor vs. ????
2) Is this just stupid given the age of the dishwasher? I'd rather pay $50 or $100 than $500, but....
posted by msalt
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Jul 2, 2013 -
After much searching, I found the perfect dishwasher. When the plumber came to install it, he broke the news that it was just slightly too large to fit under the counter. Now that I need to find a new one, what's the least tedious way to search for dishwashers with a specific height (or range of heights)? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I have a Siemens dishwasher which has suddenly stopped working properly. It doesn't seem to be heating water. I've found plenty of ideas online about what might be wrong. I'm quite handy and would be happy to have a go at fixing it myself, but I'm not sure about the degree of difficulty here. I don't want to risk setting the thing on fire.
My question is: have you repaired something like this yourself? Or it is definitely a "call the repairer" situation?
I don't like to throw money away on things I can fairly easily do myself (eg in an afternoon), but safety is my first consideration.
posted by rubbish bin night
on Jun 25, 2013 -
We have a countertop dishwasher, and absentmindedly left dirty dishes in it for a few days while we were out of town. We ran the dishwasher when we returned, but it still smells funky. How do we clean it, and make sure our dishes are getting clean, too?
posted by ocherdraco
on May 4, 2013 -
Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill
. [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Feb 6, 2013 -
Installing a new dishwasher, and the elbow fitting that connects the hot water hose to the dishwasher ends up facing the wrong direction when tightened as far as it will go by hand. How many more times should I turn it with a wrench? [more inside]
posted by markblasco
on Feb 4, 2013 -
Dishwasher recommendations please! Two year old Frigidaire just broke (again) and it was as noisy as hell anyway (it was supposed to be a "quiet" model). Wife wants another new one... [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy
on May 13, 2012 -
Can you help this complete newbie replace the dishwasher in my broken down old mobile home? The plumbing is, to put it kindly, non-standard, and I'm not sure how to proceed without flooding my dwelling. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico
on Sep 6, 2011 -
I've got a Bosch SHU9915UC/U11 dishwasher that makes a really loud noise a few times during the wash cycle. The noise comes during the draining cycle(s). It's loud and I think I might even hear some grinding noises. It does drain, and there is no water left inside when the cycle is complete, but I could do without all of the extra noise.
I've located a replacement pump online, but before I buy I just want to get a few second opinions as to what you think the problem might be.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn
on Apr 15, 2011 -
What are the coolest, most useful, unusual, and unexpected things I can safely wash in a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack
on Jan 16, 2011 -
What can I do with a gallon of Biokleeen brand diswasher detergent that just isn't cutting it for us? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul
on Nov 11, 2010 -
My roommate found a portable dishwasher for sale by one of our neighbours. It's a Beaumark Hotpoint whisper wash and we have 2 concerns: water pressure and expected performance of the unit/brand. [more inside]
posted by adamemanon
on Sep 11, 2010 -
I opened my dishwasher yesterday while it was off (not running and nothing in it), and there was a visible flash (about the size of a baseball?) near the front side by the door, and a sharp bang that seemed like it was a mini-ignition of some sort. No debris was left, and no smell lingered. I tried starting the dishwasher, and it seems to be fine. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix
on Jun 21, 2010 -
My friend recently moved into an apartment, and after trying to use her dishwasher has found it doesn't work. She contacted the landlord who will send someone out, but they specify she will have to pay for it if it isn't considered normal wear and tear. How can she respond to the landlord with the least chance of having to pay? [more inside]
posted by DanielDManiel
on Feb 20, 2010 -
We don't have the manual available for the dishwasher in our rented apartment, and it has two mysterious buttons
(in addition to other controls
that make sense to me). One is labelled "H", the other is labelled 45 (degrees) C. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew
on Dec 15, 2009 -
We have hard water and I've had to pull apart our dishwasher to clean out water deposits and gunk. Is there any way to limit accumulations without buying a water softener? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Nov 28, 2009 -
Bringing a US Dishwasher to a 220V-powered country, providing I have a well rated transformer will there be any issues? Bonus points for FUD-less answers :) [more inside]
posted by shimon
on Sep 21, 2009 -
My decade-old dishwasher's racks have started to rust through some blemishes in their protective coating. Can/should I fix this? [more inside]
posted by themel
on Aug 2, 2009 -
Our appliances are dropping like flies. Is this because of hard water, or is it something more sinister? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne
on Jul 1, 2009 -
Should we look into compact dishwashers and portable gas stoves for our newly rented flat? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl
on Jun 23, 2009 -