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Thread: dishwasher trouble shooting advice-black gummy spots

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    dishwasher trouble shooting advice-black gummy spots

    Hello you wonderful people with you vast knowledge of everything under the sun. You guys helped me tremendously when my icemaker ate a ziplock bag in the freezer. It's all better.

    So hoping to tap into some more help-my dishwasher has started leaving little black gummy balls on the dishes and the inside of the dishwasher. I have to use hot water, soap and scrub to remove it from the washed dishes.

    Any one else have this problem and what did you do? and roughly how expensive or time consuming was the repair?

    I've done a google search and found it could be an internal gasket someplace or it needs a good cleaning with a citric acid product. Looking for other ideas.

    For now, I'm hand washing the dishes and sitting them in the washer to dry. Don't have a dish drainer.

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    Never had anything like that happen - have you tried one of those commercial cleaners that you run through it while empty?If you have small children they could have helped by putting something in it. I remember back in 1962 my parents rented a house where there was a dishwasher - my sisters and I were thrilled. It didn't work very well, there was a problem with it not getting the dishes cleaned and when the repairman came out he found a lot of rocks and various types items in it. We didn't know who lived there before us - but it made us curious what they expected from a dishwasher.

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    just a thought... perhaps a rubber gasket is decomposing?
    Nancy in western NY

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    Definitely sounds like a gasket to me as well. How handy are you/DH? Do you have the owner's manual? Does it look like something one of you (or a really handy friend) might be able to manage? Otherwise, sounds like a call to the repair shop is in order. If it's an older model and otherwise is cleaning dishes well, I'd advise against getting rid of it. The new ones take forever and don't clean worth a fig in my opinion. We replaced ours about 2 years ago with a mid-range KitchenAid. Had great consumer report reviews. It's horrible. The use next to no water - which would seem a great thing from an environmental perspective but doesn't clean well at all. Plus, with all the phosphates taken out of all the cleaning products, it doesn't help. OK - rant over! Sorry.

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    Small children can do strange things. I was a nanny while in college. My VCR stopped working, I took into the shop and they found a couple toy cars inside. The 2 year old had been playing garage I guess.

    The dishwasher is a GE about 10 years old. It never really washed well. It came with the new house and we never upgraded.

    My dh likes to think he's handy but it's very stressful while he's attempting to fix something.
    Last edited by charity-crafter; 02-22-2013 at 01:03 PM.

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    I hear ya on the stress level! Do you end up in the ER when he's fixing things? We do more times than I'd like to count!

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    ​Clean the gasket, float and the screens. It might be the motor throwing a little oil? Not a good thing and more expensive.

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    I ran into the same thing a year or so ago. I had used a cheaper brand of dishwasher detergent and found little gummy spots on my dishes. I have no idea if it was the change of detergents. After many many cycles with clorox and or vinegar it was finally cleaned out. These were empty cycles with just clorox or vinegar or both. I also have started using a cleaner (found at Walmart) once a month and returned to using Cascade and have not had this problem since. Did i mention it took Many Many Many cycles using Clorox and white vinegar. Good luck.

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    I have a high efficiency dishwasher and the recommendation is that you use special detergent and use a cleaner especially meant for dishwashers every once in a while. If it is so inefficient that it doesn't clean itself, how can it clean the dishes....truly it doesn't clean nearly as well as my old one and I have to wash on high temp, heavy duty, to get them reasonably clean and run some things twice...efficient??? I don't think so! I do use Lemishine which helps to keep the water spots at bay.

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    This probably isn't the answer to your problem of black spots but I had trouble with a sediment collecting on my dishes and dishwasher. I bought the cleaner at Walmart especially made to clean dishwashers. After I used that I started using vinegar in the container where you usually use Jet Blue or something like that. I've not had a bit of sediment or water spots on the dishwasher or dishes since.
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