Dishwasher Leaves Food On Dishes - Appliances - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Appliances


Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 03-18-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
Power Gen/RS Engineer
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
Posts: 785
Rewards Points: 566

Dishwasher Leaves Food On Dishes


About 1.5 years ago, I purchased and installed a new Kenmore dishwasher in our home (no brand-bashing please). While looking for a water supply hose at the BORG, I decided to try this "Flood Safe" hose based on claims that it will apparently shut itself off in the event of a break in the line. Recently, I learned that these hoses do in fact restrict the overal flow to the appliance.

Sometimes we get marginal operation, i.e. leftover food particles on the dishes after a cycle. I wondered if the hose could be restricting flow on the fill cycle so that there was less water than the appliance was expecting to have. But, if this is true, I would assume that the dishwasher opens the inlet supply valve for a fixed duration of time instead of measuring the accumulated water level prior to starting (working with control systems and understanding that water pressures will vary from one home to another, I would have assumed that the unit was working on level via direct measurement). Thinking back to the installation manual, I'm almost positive that I remember there being a requirement that the available flow of the water source is greater than "x" gpm. So, perhaps the hose is really causing our issues?

Love to hear any insights on this.

Well, now, there's what's right and what's right and never the twain shall meet.
BigJimmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-23-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
remodeling pro
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,399
Rewards Points: 500

Don't know about these devices restricting the water flow, but since you describe this as a "sometimes" problem, it may be large items occassionally shielding smaller ones from the spray.
troubleseeker is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-24-2007, 10:15 AM   #3
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 159
Rewards Points: 150

Every Dw ive worked on has a float in a dome shape cover and pump down before fill.Open the door and check water level after the solinoid valve closes.
Sounds like a drain problem. Make sure that you drain tube is clear,also this tube must not be kinked and at some point its max hight must be higher than the point it drains to.
When I use my Dw i allways run the water in my sink untill its hot and then run the disposal till its clear.
mikemy6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-19-2008, 02:10 PM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 91
Rewards Points: 75

All dishwashers a time filled and have a float that will shut the water off if the water pressure is high and the dishwasher fill in a shorter period of time.

The maximum water pressure is 120 psi and the minimum is 20 psi.

The flood safe hose are a good idea.

They should not effect the operation of the dishwasher.

When you hear the dishwasher stop filling open the door and check the water level. It should be just under the heating element.

Make sure that nothing else in the house is drawing water when the dishwasher is in use.

Grit on the dishes can be caused but different thing.

If the water temperature is not hot enough the detergent will not dissolve.

Old detergent will not dissolve properly so you should make sure that you by from a store that move there product fast and never have over a thirty day supply on hand.

If anything has been broken in the dishwasher it is possible that a piece of glass has done damage to the impeller.

If you have your model number and need Appliance parts you can get them here.
girltech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 02:18 PM   #5
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Vermont
Posts: 443
Rewards Points: 316

I don't know if this is your problem or not,but you hear this all the time: We've tried all types of detergents. Liquid, powder. More, less, vinegar, no vinegar, etc.

I turned up our hot water heater and our dishes come out gleaming. Temperature is about or more than 140. HEAT does so much. I had it turned down to save money but saving a few bucks isn't worth junk all over my dishes!

WE have a very bottom line dishwasher. It is the absolute bottom of the line $200 home depot job.

Last edited by pcampbell; 03-19-2008 at 02:51 PM.
pcampbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 03:44 PM   #6
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

We bought a new washer too, and I thought it was a terrible purchase until we had a guy come out for a different appliance, and suggested that we let the water in the kitchen sink get "HOT" before turning the dishwasher on. That did the trick. Since the newer dishwashers don't use as much water (1.5 gallons supposedly), it didn't have time for the water to get hot before it had all the water it needed.
graphicsource is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kenmore dishwasher shoots water out the side! tigerbalm2424 Appliances 7 02-02-2010 08:55 PM
Dishwasher placement jkrodger Remodeling 2 08-03-2007 03:32 PM
Dishwasher don't drain all the way MattCoops Appliances 8 04-17-2007 11:07 PM
Poratable Dishwasher help oiram Appliances 4 02-09-2007 05:28 PM
Food backing into shower drain Manuel6 Plumbing 5 11-23-2006 09:59 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts