Frequently Asked Dishwasher Questions

As a repairman I get a lot of dishwasher questions. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about dishwashers.

What kind of dishwasher detergent do you recommend?

I recommend powder or liquid of any brand. I do not recommend 3in1 action packs because they sometimes cause dishwashers to leak.

Why are soapsuds coming out of my dishwasher?

Either you accidentally got some other kind of soap in your dishwasher other than dishwasher detergent or you are using 3in1 action packs. Click here to read the full article I wrote on this.

What can I do to make my dishwasher clean better?

Hot water is a must to clean dishes properly. Make sure that your hot water is over 130 degrees. If not click here to learn how to turn your hot water up.

If your hot water is over 130 degrees it may take too long for hot water to reach the dishwasher because the dishwasher only runs water for less than a minute. So if it takes more than that for hot water to reach the kitchen, run water in the sink until it gets hot just before you run the dishwasher.

My glasses have spots on them after cleaning them in the dishwasher, is there any way to prevent this?

You must use a rinse aid such as Jet-dry. Most dishwashers have a rinse aid dispenser, just fill it up and you won’t have to worry about it for about 40 washes or so.

How can I prevent the wheels from falling off the bottom rack of my GE dishwasher?

This was the biggest down fall for GE dishwashers for the longest time. Now they use a new wheel that will not fall off as easily. This new wheel will fit on all GE dishwashers the part number is WD12X10267. These Wheels can be purchased at

My dishwasher is not that so old why is it broken down already?

This is one of the most common dishwasher questions more than any other and my answer is always the same. Every appliance breaks down some on the same day you buy it and others in 20 years. Also appliances have always broken down. Yes I will agree that appliances are not made as good as they used to be. The average life of most appliances now days is about 8 to 12 years, whereas it used to be about 10-20 years. But you have to think that the cost of appliances now is about the same as it was 20 years ago, yet labor and materials are higher. So the only way they can still sell appliances at low prices is to cut quality. Also appliances do more than they used to therefore, more to go wrong.

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