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Some Helpful Dishwashing Tips

03 March 2014 - 11:35 PM

Here are some helpful dishwashing tips. They are subjective, of course, but may be helpful to some.  I'm sure there are plenty of others to add to the list:


Ever since automatic dishwashing soap manufacturers moved to phosphate-free soaps a few years ago , dishwashing soap has just not worked as well as it used to. This is great news for the environment, but has not been so great for dishwashing. Even my favorite leading brand has been leaving customers frustrated, often thinking that their dishwashers were defective. I get lots of service calls for “dishwashers not cleaning,” which often points to a soap problem.

So what can you do? Here are five tips for helping your dishwasher perform its best:

  1. Use only one brand of soap: Finish Quantum tablets. It seems no soap works quite as well as the old phosphate-laden soaps, but this one is head and shoulders above the others. They are formulated differently from other tablets.

  2. Use a dishwasher cleaner like Lemishine Dishwasher Cleaner every 20-30 washes. This cleaner has citric acid as its base, which seems to work better than white vinegar and other cleaners.

  3. Always use a rinse aid. Lemishine actually makes a rinse aid now, but ones like Jet Dry or Cascade Crystal Clear should do just fine. Usually about 4 oz. will last 20-30 washes. Most importantly, it helps them dry well, which is becoming even more important for newer dishwashers that use little to no heat on drying cycles.

  4. Use the hottest wash option. In general,  shorter cycles and lower energy usage = lower performance. Extra heat options are often available on wash and rinse cycles. These may add length to the cycle time, but the extra energy use is negligible (and still use considerably less than your mother’s dishwasher.) If no extra heat option is available, go for the longer wash cycle, often labeled “Power Wash,” “Pots and Pans,” etc.

  5. Clean out any internal filters after every wash. Imports like Bosch and Asko have at least one (most Bosch have three). Newer domestic models are starting to include these. Even if you do not have a filter, at least inspect the wash arm area at the bottom of your dishwasher for debris. It can clog your wash arms and reduce performance.   

Mind your head!

28 March 2013 - 09:56 PM


RB195BSSB/XAA freezing food in refrigerator and slow ice production

28 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

Customer has a Samsung Refrigerator RB195BSSB/XAA. I would like to force defrost to check, but not too sure on diagnostic mode entry on this machine. I'm quite green on the Samsung brand.


I'm guessing thermistor, control, or maybe even defrost issue, but want to be sure. Ideas?



LG Steam Dryer mystery leak - DLEX7177RM

23 April 2012 - 10:41 PM

DLEX7177RM Steam dryer has mystery leak that the customer notices after most cycles, coming from near the front center of the machine. I ran this unit for quite some time and could find no leak. Customer indicated that a previous servicer replaced something (maybe steam generator?) and indicated that this part breaks all the time and they should get used to replacing it.

I could not locate the source of the leak. I went into dx mode and activated the steam generator, and only ended up with a drum full of water, but could find no leak. DX

Any ideas?


GE Gfss6kkxass Refrigerator French Dr, Water filling bottom of FF section

20 February 2012 - 09:17 PM

GE Gfss6kkxass Refrigerator, French Door with Ice in the door, looks like its made by Samsung.

Water is filling bottom of Fresh Food section. Could not identify any water source, such as filter, icemaker, or reservoir. I emptied all the water out of the sump, then ran several gallons of water through water dispenser and cycled the icemaker, yet could produce no more water.

So, I suspect the water may be condensation finding its way to the lowest point, but all gaskets, both to the doors and to the icemaker, look fine.

Any ideas on the source of the water?


GE hater :wallbash:

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