A number of Whirlpool-suggested troubleshooting tips can help get your washer back on track.

Troubleshooting Whirlpool Dishwasher Model Series 900

by Bill Reynolds

Your Whirlpool Series 900 dish washer can free you up for household endeavors more enjoyable than hand scrubbing dishes. Whirlpool has a number of suggested do-it-yourself fixes for some of the most common troubleshooting queries linked with this series of washer. With any luck, your dishwasher can be up and running again in no time.

Food Remains on Dishes

If your wash cycle completes and there’s still some food residue on your dishes, you may have used an insufficient amount of dish detergent for the load. Whirlpool suggests that you use an amount of dish detergent for the load size according to instructions included on the detergent. Also, leftover food stains could be a result of too-cool water temperature during the wash cycle. Select the hottest water setting available on your machine, and follow proper loading procedures when stacking your dishes on the cleaning racks. Refer to your Whirlpool user’s manual to brush up on your plate-loading skills.

Washed Plates Are Spotty

Spotty, streaky plates can result from a number of different factors. Your household water supply could contain high mineral content, which would leave your washed plates with “hard water” residue. In this case, Whirlpool suggests that you use a rinse agent to prevent spotting and filming. As with food remaining on dishes, spotty plates can simply be a result of ineffective -- or not enough -- dishwashing detergent.

Dishes Don’t Dry All the Way

If your dishes don’t dry all the way, it could be because you simply overloaded your dishwasher. If there are too many dishes crammed into the wash trays, it could affect your machine’s water drainage. Use more temperate load-sizes when washing dishes. Also, Whirlpool recommends using a liquid rinse agent to help speed up draining, resulting in dryer dishes once the cycle is complete.

Wash Cycle Takes too Long

If your wash cycle seems to be taking too long, ensure that your machine is installed per Whirlpool’s instructions. Dishwasher performance can be compromised by improper installation. Also, verify your home’s water temperature. If your water heater isn’t heating your water to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the dishwasher cycles may run longer. Check your home’s water heater settings -- per that appliance’s user’s manual -- and adjust if needed.

About the Author

Bill Reynolds holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Rowan University. He has written hundreds of articles for print and online media, drawing inspiration from a wide range of professional experiences. As part of the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, he has been nominated for the James Kirkwood Prize for Creative Writing.

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