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Helpful Hints From "Your Neighborhood Home Inspector" - Fixing A Slow-Filling Dishwasher February 4, 2015

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Helpful Hints From  "Your Neighborhood Home Inspector" - Fixing A Slow-Filling Dishwasher, Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

If your automatic dishwasher fills more slowly than it did when first installed, it probably has a clogged inlet screen. Cleaning this tiny screen should speed things up.

Materials Needed: Masking Tape, Vinegar

Tools: Screwdriver, Slip-joint Pliers, Long-nose Pliers, Toothbrush

  1. Turn off the power to the dishwasher at the main panel or, if you have a portable dishwasher, unplug it.
  2. Turn off the hot water supply valve to the dishwasher under the sink.
  3. Remove the access panel (Figure A) at the base front of the dishwasher. It may rotate down, or you may have to remove several screws.
  4. Using slip-joint pliers, unscrew the hot-water-hose couplings at the inlet valve and at the water supply valve under the sink.
  5. Look for an inlet screen in either end of the hot-water-hose. If it's there, go to Step 7. If it's not there, it will be just inside the inlet; (Figure B)
  6. Label the wires on the inlet valve with masking tape to indicate their position. Then, pull the wires off the terminals with long-nose pliers.
  7. Carefully pry out the inlet screen with a small screwdriver.
  8. Clean the screen with a toothbrush and running water. If it is coated with mineral deposits, soak it in vinegar overnight and clean it again.
  9. Pop the screen back in and reconnect the hoses. Reattach the wires to the inlet valve and restore the power. Turn on the supply valve and check for leaks . Tighten the hose couplings as necessary.
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