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Thread: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    I've always used powder dishwashing detergent in past

    But for some reason I bought some gel detergent to try
    out

    Tow days after using it my dishwasher (albeit old) just
    up and quit. It does act as if the drain system is
    plugged up.

    Could it have been the gel detergent? Possible?

  2. #2
    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    On Mon, 09 Feb 2009 19:44:16 -0600, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've always used powder dishwashing detergent in past


    Like software....the moral of the story is don't try to fix something
    that wasn't broken.

    Run the cycle again empty with a half cup vinegar. Try the powder
    again and see if that corrects the problem.




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    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    [email protected] wrote:

    > I've always used powder dishwashing detergent in past
    >
    > But for some reason I bought some gel detergent to try
    > out
    >
    > Tow days after using it my dishwasher (albeit old) just
    > up and quit. It does act as if the drain system is
    > plugged up.
    >
    > Could it have been the gel detergent? Possible?



    Short story, no.

    Some other nastiness got in there.

    Be grateful that the computer system didn't get jacked and cause the
    dishwasher to pump huge volumes of filthy water throughout the first
    floor of your home because it simply wasn't registering fill levels.


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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    Kathleen wrote:

    > Be grateful that the computer system didn't get jacked and cause the
    > dishwasher to pump huge volumes of filthy water throughout the first
    > floor of your home because it simply wasn't registering fill levels.


    Somebody hacked your dishwasher?

    Cool. I gotta learn how to do that.

    -sw


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    sueb Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    On Feb 10, 12:54*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    > Kathleen wrote:
    > > Be grateful that the computer system didn't get jacked and cause the
    > > dishwasher to pump huge volumes of filthy water throughout the first
    > > floor of your home because it simply wasn't registering fill levels.

    >
    > Somebody hacked your dishwasher?
    >
    > Cool. *I gotta learn how to do that.
    >
    > -sw


    It was probably the refrigerator. They're natural enemies.

    Susan B.

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    Toronto Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    On Feb 9, 8:44*pm, m...@privacy.net wrote:
    > I've always used powder dishwashing detergent in past
    >
    > But for some reason I bought some gel detergent to try
    > out
    >
    > Tow days after using it my dishwasher (albeit old) just
    > up and quit. It does act as if the drain system is
    > plugged up.
    >
    > Could it have been the gel detergent? Possible?


    Maybe it knocked loose a clod of grease that had built up in your
    filters. (Don't ask how I came to that guess.)

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    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    Sqwertz wrote:

    > Kathleen wrote:
    >
    >> Be grateful that the computer system didn't get jacked and cause the
    >> dishwasher to pump huge volumes of filthy water throughout the first
    >> floor of your home because it simply wasn't registering fill levels.

    >
    >
    > Somebody hacked your dishwasher?
    >
    > Cool. I gotta learn how to do that.


    I hacked it with my butt.

    I'd just unloaded it, it was standing open, I took a quick step
    backwards to avoid stepping on Zane, tripped backwards and basically sat
    down, full force, on the dish rack and the open door.

    I'm grateful the silverware rack was empty. There'd been steak knives
    in there earlier. Nevertheless, it left huge freakin' bruises on my
    calf and thigh.

    Even so, the dishwasher came out the loser in the battle. The encounter
    with my butt left it brain-dead.

    Let's be careful out there, people. Don't leave that dishwasher hanging
    open, not even if you mean to start loading it in the next few minutes.
    Shut it, then open it back up when you're ready. That open door is a
    freakin' menace.


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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    On Feb 9, 8:44 pm, m...@privacy.net wrote:
    > I've always used powder dishwashing detergent in past
    >
    > But for some reason I bought some gel detergent to try
    > out
    >
    > Tow days after using it my dishwasher (albeit old) just
    > up and quit. It does act as if the drain system is
    > plugged up.
    >
    > Could it have been the gel detergent? Possible?


    Possible, but probably not.

    On my old dishwasher (dunno about the new one), there was a valve in
    the bottom of the washer that set the level of water. The water
    raised a float that triggered a switch that fed into the controller to
    tell it that the proper water level had been reached. Over the course
    of a couple of years, crud would build up and block the float, which
    would tell the controller to pump more water into the tub than it
    should have. And the excess water would leak out. It would appear as
    though the main drain was plugged up, but it was the level detector
    that was the problem. Look on the bottom of your dishwasher for a
    similar mechanism, take it apart (nothing more than pulling off the
    cap in my case), and clean out all the crud. This *may* be your
    problem.

    Good luck.

    --
    Silvar Beitel

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    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    In article <Tunkl.10501$[email protected]>,
    Kathleen <[email protected]> wrote:


    > I hacked it with my butt.


    > Even so, the dishwasher came out the loser in the battle. The encounter
    > with my butt left it brain-dead.


    Remind me to stay far away from your butt! If it could do that to a
    dishwasher, think what it could do to my poor old body!

    :-)

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    sueb <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Feb 10, 12:54*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    >> Kathleen wrote:
    >>> Be grateful that the computer system didn't get jacked and cause the
    >>> dishwasher to pump huge volumes of filthy water throughout the first
    >>> floor of your home because it simply wasn't registering fill levels.

    >>
    >> Somebody hacked your dishwasher?
    >>
    >> Cool. *I gotta learn how to do that.

    >
    > It was probably the refrigerator. They're natural enemies.


    I'd put money on the garbage disposal.

    -sw

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    Kathleen <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Let's be careful out there, people. Don't leave that dishwasher hanging
    > open, not even if you mean to start loading it in the next few minutes.
    > Shut it, then open it back up when you're ready. That open door is a
    > freakin' menace.


    A few years ago a 13-year old put his baby brother in there and
    turned it on. The baby brother didn't survive. The 13-year-old
    denied everything of course, and said the kid climbed in there on
    his own and managed to turn it on from the inside.

    -sw

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    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    Dan Abel wrote:

    > In article <Tunkl.10501$[email protected]>,
    > Kathleen <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >>I hacked it with my butt.

    >
    >
    >>Even so, the dishwasher came out the loser in the battle. The encounter
    >>with my butt left it brain-dead.

    >
    >
    > Remind me to stay far away from your butt! If it could do that to a
    > dishwasher, think what it could do to my poor old body!


    Yep, used carelessly it can be lethal. On the other hand, what a way to
    go... I could put Kevorkian out of business.

    "The most recent victim, yet another end-stage cancer patient, was found
    dead under suspicious circumstances. The deceased was found flat on the
    floor, blue in the face, and smiling.

    Beware the buns of doom...


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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    "Kathleen" ha scritto nel messaggio >
    > Shut it, then open it back up when you're ready. That open door is a >
    > freakin' menace.
    >


    The menace was Zane! The DW just stood still. That's like being accused of
    causing an accident when you're parked.



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    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Can gel dishwashing detergent plug up a dishwasher?

    Giusi wrote:

    > "Kathleen" ha scritto nel messaggio >
    >
    >> Shut it, then open it back up when you're ready. That open door is a >
    >>freakin' menace.
    >>

    >
    >
    > The menace was Zane! The DW just stood still. That's like being accused of
    > causing an accident when you're parked.
    >
    >


    Of course Zane's a menace. That goes without saying. But I dodge him
    literally dozens of times a day without incident. The problem came when
    *I* introduced an additional obstacle into my environment by leaving the
    door to the dishwasher hanging open. And yes, in fact it *is* an unsafe
    thing and it should be kept closed unless there's a reason for it to be
    open.


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