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I have a three-year-old Sears Kenmore Elite dishwasher. I find that despite the fact that we scrape and rinse our dishes before loading the machine, after each three months of use (two loads a day) or so, I have to take the machine apart (spray tower, racks, bottom impeller, bottom screen housing, food grinder cover) and clean-out the food grinder area, for it fills-up with sludge. The sludge restricts the water flow and there isn't enough flow to turn the impellers via that steering jets.


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Have you tried different detergents? Some detergents after getting wet and going through the wash cycle with the debris from the wash turns into a grease substance that grimes up in some dishwashers. Try running the machine with hot water this sometimes help to keep the soap in a liquid state till it leaves the dishwasher. Another thing is a diswasher cleaning agent that is specifically designed to wash the sludge and debris from the machine. This will help you from spending hours cleaning the sludge out by hand. Hope this helps and thanks for using fixya have a wonderful evening.
I use a product called "Dishwasher Magic" and I also sometimes use simple white vinegar. They do a great job of dissolving scale, which can combine with food particles and make them harder for the pump to grind up.
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\015\012The Dishwasher Magic is actually just citric acid. It smells nice after you use it.
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\015\012I had a Bosch and was happy with it, but I can see how the screen might let floating particles by it when removed.
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\015\012As far as the plastic being stripped out with repeated disassembly, you can always wrap the screw with teflon tape or fill the hole with epoxy and then drill out. You can always buy that part and replace it too. Works for everything but the tub!
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