Originally Posted by Kathryn
what is an "air break"?
Is there a pump inside the DW which perhaps is not working, and thus not removing the excess condensation?
An air break is to prevent water being siphoned back into the dishwasher. As I understand it, not all DW's need an air break. Those DW's probably have a one way valve, a check valve, that prevents dirty water from going back upstream into the dishwasher.
It looks like a shiny stubby post on the countertop.
Incredibly there is no photo on Google images; this drawing is the best I can do.
At the end of each cycle the water is totally drained and then refilled slightly to keep the seals from drying out. At the beginning of the next cycle this standing water is drained and then the DW is filled again with clean hot water.
There is a legal concept called "Implied Warranty Of Merchantability"
which means if you buy a dishwasher, it is reasonably supposed to work as one. If you want to read about lawsuits that people have filed you can Google this term.
If you write a letter to your state's attorney[here's the guy for MD]
concerning the conduct of both Lowes and Bosch, you would be surprised at how cooperative they become. They'll also be extremely angry because they don't like this kind of attention.
If you send the letter "return receipt requested" they [the state's attorney, Bosch, Lowes] will be more convinced of how serious you are.
Also, a bad smell could mean decomposing-something-or-other could mean health hazard
Stress this if you write your letter. If you have children who could be harmed by this machine's problem, stress that also.
A lousy dishwasher is one thing. . .but actually harming customers could mean kilobucks [$1000s] or megabucks directly out of Bosch's pockets.
You could also try Googling
"class action" bosch
Alternately, Bosch may send you a factory service manual for a couple of $20's.
Even better, places like this http://www.triblesapplianceparts.com...ge_ID=1&DID=11
sell "Repair Master" books for $10 or so.
If you post what you find in these manuals, then we can all help you solve this.