I have a Kenmoore dishwasher that is 9-10 years old. Lately it's doing
a sh1tty job of washing the dishes.
Should I even bother to have it looked at?
Or just go buy a new one?
P.S I refilled the Jet Dry,etc....it didn't really help...
Although I live alone, mine has lasted 27 years, with only one repair
(a chicken bone was caught in the air break, but if you clean your
dishes first, that won't happen.)
I understand that in Iraq, if the engine on a truck breaks, the
private contractors just burn the truck up, and bill the US. And I
knew someone who would buy a new suit when the suit he had needed
cleaning. They are probably right that repair and maintenance are
overrated, but I don't have the money they do.
I've stayed in the kitchen while my dishwasher works and it wasn't
that bad, but it's also not hard to leave the kitchen. It keeps me
from eating too much.
What's wrong with the cleaning? All the dishes or only some?
According to Consumer Reports, enzymes were what seperated the great
detergents from the poor ones. Most brands have them in some, but not
all, of their offerings. I use the gel or tablet version of
Electrasol. Read the box, if they have enzymes, it's there in the
I'd also check water temp. Mine wasn't washing that great at 120,
which was the min spec. I raised it to 130 and it make a big
Read the manual and check any filters and all nozzles in arms for
blockage. If that doesn;t do it, then IMO, it;s not worth a service
call. Just wait for a sale and get a new one. There are also some
great deals on Ebay, but the usual cautions apply.
On 16 Sep 2006 06:13:19 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I never believed that there really were enzymes in clothing detergent,
until some workers where the stuff is made said the enzymes were
making them sick.
I guess I was supposed to sympathize with the workers, and I did, but
my prime reaction was, "Hey, there really are enzymes. Maybe it works
better than the old ones."
Didn't know about dishwasher detergent until now.
I use the gel or tablet version of
The guy who sold me the house said something about the water heater
being at 140 so that the dishes would wash well, but I guess he meant
that was an alternative. My water wasn't at 140, I think.
But while trying to fix the dish washer that one time, I partiallly
melted my favorite plastic salad bowl. Because I kept recycling the
machine through one part of the cycle, and the dishwasher kept heating
the same water each time, until it was a lot hotter than it was
supposed to be. This was the time the washer wouldn't drain, and it
turned out the thin half of the little bone that parallels the
drumstick on a chicken was lodged in the vacuum break/ air break
mounted on the sink. It was the last place I could think to look for
a clog, and it wasn't big enough to clog things. I really don't know
how it kept the dishwasher from draining, but after I removed it,
things were fine.
The chrome cap on the vacuum break just pulls off, easily, and then
there is some piece of white plastic that unscrews easily, and then
iirc something came out with the bone in it. could have fixed the
thing in 5 minutes if I had thought of this, but I still don't
understand why this caused a problem.
Probably not worth bothering with if you have to pay for a service call.
Meantime, check the filter screen to be sure it is not clogged, check the
spray arms for clogs. It could also be the pump is not putting out the
pressure is used to and having it replaced is probably more than half the
cost of a new DW.
They do seem to weaker after many years. Mine was over 15 years and no
matter what I did, it was just not as good as news. Even the most modest
priced units today will clean very well and will be fairly quiet. If you go
up higher, they are very quiet and use less water than the older models.
I switch detergents and dishes come out much cleaner... now using those
little "Cascade" nuggets. There not
called nuggets but they look like nuggets. They contain two cleaners, Dawn
and regular Cascade powder...
now can someone help me get out ring-around-the-collar?? :)
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