Solutions to Common Dishwashing Problems
Dishware Stained or Discolored
• Tea and coffee can stain cups. Remove the
stains by hand washing in a solution of 1/2
cup (120 ml) bleach and one quart (1 L) of
warm water. Rinse thoroughly.
• Iron deposits in water can cause a yellow or
brown film. A special filter installed in the
water supply line will correct this problem.
(See Removing Spots and Film.)
• Aluminum utensils can leave gray/black
marks when they rub against other items.
• Certain high acid foods can cause
discoloration of stainless steel and plastics
if allowed to sit for a long period. Use the
Rinse & Hold cycle or rinse by hand if not
operating dishwasher at once.
• Mixing stainless steel and silver utensils in
silverware basket can cause pitting of the
stainless steel blades. Avoid mixing
stainless steel and silver.
• Using too much detergent in soft or softened
water causes this film that cannot be
• Adjust the amount of detergent based on the
water hardness. (Check Detergent Chart.)
• Lower the water temperature.
• Use no heat dry option.
Detergent Left in Cups
• Detergent may be old. Discard and use
• Be sure water action can reach the
• Check to see if cycle has been completed.
• Make sure items do not prevent the
detergent dispenser from opening.
• Use only fresh detergent designed for
automatic dishwashers. Measure detergent
carefully. Try a different brand.
• Spilled rinse aid can cause foam and lead
to overflowing. Wipe up any spills with a
• Check to see that dishwasher is level.
(See Installation Instructions.)
Normal Sounds You Will Hear
• Normal sounds include water fill, water
circulation and motor sounds.
• There is a noticeable change in sound
when the wash action switches between the
lower and middle spray arm. This is normal
since each spray arm has its own sound.
• It is normal for dishwasher to pause (no
sound) when the wash action is switching
between the lower and middle spray arms.
Water in Bottom of Tub
• Water left in bottom of tub after cycle is
complete is not normal. If water remains in
the bottom of the tub, dishwasher may not
be draining properly. (See Dishwasher Does
Not Drain Properly.)
Vapor at Vent
• Water vapor escapes from the vent during
the drying part of cycle. This is normal.
Dishwasher Won't Run
• Check to see if circuit breaker is tripped or if
a fuse is blown.
• Make sure water supply is turned on.
• Check to see if cycle is set correctly.
(See Operating Instructions.)
• Is dishwasher set for delay start option?
• Make sure door is closed and latched.