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Old 10-25-2014, 11:20 AM   #1
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During our kitchen remodel we installed a brand new dishwasher. It's been about 6 months and we've been having trouble with the dishwasher smelling like soiled food. The drain runs in to the disposal. The dishwasher has a smell that is 50% new rubber smell and 50% foul.

I've checked drain line under sink. It looks clear and dishwasher functions normally. The sink drain does not ever smell.

I've checked the dishwasher drain/filter. It is clear of debris and has cloudy water in it. The filter does not smell.

The smell will be gone after a load, but will reappear a couple days later, even with very little dishes in it.

What else can I check? With such a new dishwasher and seemingly the smell has been there from the start, I believe it is something else rather than needing a vinegar/tang wash.

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Cloudy water standing in a dishwasher is Going to smell quickly, it is cloudy from food particles.


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Don't latch the door shut except in use. Anything that is sealed and moist will grow funk.
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Do you have the dishwasher hose bent to form a hartford loop? If not then it's possible for dirty water from the disposal to be getting into the dishwasher
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I just ran the dishwasher and it doesn't smell. I'm going to leave the door cracked for a couple days without adding in any dishes to see if a smell appears.

There doesn't seem to be a loop in the drain line. The drain does however go higher up than the disposal so I can't picture water moving that direction. Is it just a simple loop I should add?
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I just ran the dishwasher and it doesn't smell. I'm going to leave the door cracked for a couple days without adding in any dishes to see if a smell appears.

There doesn't seem to be a loop in the drain line. The drain does however go higher up than the disposal so I can't picture water moving that direction. Is it just a simple loop I should add?
The drain line should go all the way up to the bottom of the counter top then back down to the disposal. If a sink is filled then drained this prevents back flow into the dishwasher.
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The drain line should go all the way up to the bottom of the counter top then back down to the disposal. If a sink is filled then drained this prevents back flow into the dishwasher.
Correct- it goes to the top of the sink cabinet and then back down to the dishwasher.
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So after 3 days with the door cracked and no dishes, there is still no smell, so that is a good thing I think.

We typically rinse the dishes off before loading them, but there is only 2 of us so the dishes will sit in there for a couple days before running. We'll try keeping the door cracked to see if that helps. We may just need to run it move often, but we've never had this problem with any dishwasher over 8 years.
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If you have a sanitizing mode you could run that.

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