Last night after I had finished loading dirty glasses and dishes to my
Whirlpool dishwasher, I closed the dishwasher door and heard glass
breaking sound. I opened the door and realized that a small glass was
broken inside the dishwasher. I tried my best to pick up most broken
glass pieces inside the dishwasher. However, it's really hard because
some of those broken pieces were very tiny and they looked like water
drop inside the dishwasher. I then ran two full cycles of dishwashing
in an attempt to rinse all those broken pieces out from dishwasher.
Still, I'm a bit worried if there are still any remanining pieces of
broken glasses inside the dishwasher. Even though the remaining pieces
may be small , the result will be very bad if any of them got into the
dish or cup in the future.
What's the best way to ensure that all of the broken glass pieces have
been cleaned up from the dishwasher? Do I really need to call a
professional technican to do this job?
Thanks in advance for any advice / suggestion
If your Whirlpool is like my Kitchen Aid (probably exactly the same motor),
take out the bottom rack. You should be able to remove the bottom wash arm
by unscrewing a nut on the top of the arm. You can lift it out, and then
there should be a removable rubber strainer that encircles the wash arm.
Remove that. You should be able to use a shop vac to suck up any broken
glass. The solid waste disposal in the dishwasher will probably just grind
up the bit you miss and pump them away.
What would the professional technician do???
Leave open overnight so inside is dry.
Remove dishes so there is room to work.
Dump out the screen around the drain, and vacuum the bottom of the
If you were nearby, I'd come over and do the vacuuming part for say
$100 so that you could feel it was done professionally, that is, for a
fee. Heck, I'd even remove the dishes.
You are not the first person who has broken a glass inside a
dishwasher. Happens all the time.
If you broke one in the sink, would you get a professional for that
Reply to NG only - this e.mail address goes to a kill file.
Try turning off all the lights in the room (at night) and looking inside
with a flashlight. Any glass specks should show up quickly in the light of
the flashlight. You can then just wipe the whole inside (after you take the
racks out) with a wet paper towel. I think that would get all of them out.
Small bits of glass won't hurt you. There are people who eat light bulbs
(mostly professional football players) just for a lark.
Have you ever seen an enameled pot that didn't have a chip? Where do you
think the chip went?
Don't worry about it.
No, you can do this job yourself. You will need a helping hand (neighbor,
friend etc) and flashlight. First empty the dishwasher. Remove racks.
Make sure the heat dry is in the off position. Climb in with your
flashlight. Have your friendly neighbor latch the door and hit the pan or
extra cycle button. After 2hrs, you won't give a rat's behind about the
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