My dishes are not getting clean.
The water is not getting hot.
I opened the dishwasher during operation and found that the heating
element was not hot and was not submerged.
Shouldn't the heating element be under water during operation?
What do you mean by 'usually'? For most dishwashers or most of the time
during the washing cycle?
I did that a few years ago, and yes, it was completely full of nasty
crud, and so I cleaned it up. The dishwasher had been overflowing.
I checked the float again lately, and it was not cruddied up like
before. I think it works okay.
With a suitable amount of TSP added to the dishwashing detergent, a
dishwasher WILL wash the dishes.
Somewhat exasperated with my current squeeze's hand washing before putting
dishes in the washer, I commanded: "STOP. Time to perform an experiment!"
Over her skepticism, we loaded the dishwasher with bowls encrusted with
dried chili, a skillet with baked-on egg remnants, glasses with milk residue
in the bottom, forks whose tines could not be seen inasmuch as they were
covered with some unknown food remnants, and a bunch of regular stuff.
Then we added my special concoction of powdered detergent, augmented by 15%
Forty-five minutes later, the dishes came out super-clean, the cutlery was
sparkling, and my honey was VERY grateful (if you know what I mean).
When dishwashers first hit the market, manufacturers were perplexed that
they weren't selling. It was only THEN that they decided to do some market
research! They found that many (most?) women actually LIKED to wash dishes
by hand (God only knows why). The manufacturers changed their marketing push
to emphasize "sterilizing" rather than "washing" as a dishwasher's main
Sales took off, because many (most?) women insist on "germ free" stuff (God
only knows why).
*** I don't have a dog in this fight, since we haven't used a
dishwasher for several years.
Just want to point out that newer dishwashers make a point of advising
NOT to rinse foot particles off dishes before stacking in
I always thought that was strange.
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