What to do when your dishwasher detergent won’t dissolve

If your plates don’t sparkle when you take them out of the dishwasher, very often the problem isn’t hard to spot: it will be staring at you, defiantly, in the form of a detergent tablet that did not dissolve. This is a pesky problem, but Ateliers G. Paquette, your experts in home diswasher repair, can help you find the solution. Keep reading for some pro tips for resolving this common dishwasher issue.

Is the detergent the problem?

A tablet requires more time to dissolve than powder. It’s important that you choose a dishwasher detergent that is appropriate for the cycle you run. For instance, a short cycle might be too quick to entirely dissolve the tablet. You could try experimenting with different brands to determine which one works best.

Is the detergent compartment your culprit?

It’s important that the compartment opens up at the right moment. During the washing cycle, usually you can hear when the compartment opens up: either you hear it unclick or you hear the tablet tumbling out. When you open the dishwasher door at the end of the cycle, pay close attention: if the tablet falls out at this moment, then the compartment was likely blocked by the dishes.

Does the dishwasher itself need cleaning?

The filters and the wash arms in your dishwasher need to be clean. If they’re dirty, this can reduce water pressure and hinder circulation. As a result the detergent might not become sufficiently immersed in the water, which prevents it from dissolving. Also, your dishes won’t get adequately soaked. Inspect these parts and clean them if needed. Are they still functioning poorly after being cleaned? Then it’s probably time to replace the wash arms or the pump.

Is the water hot?

The water needs to be sufficiently hot for the wash cycle to be effective. When the cycle is over and you open the door, is there a burst of steam that gets released? Are the dishes hot to the touch? If needed, adjust the water temperature by consulting the owner’s manual that came with the dishwasher.

Did none of these tips do the trick? Then it could be that your dishwasher is defective or requires a replacement part. Through the Ateliers G. Paquette website, you can buy quality appliance parts.

If you’re in Montreal or Quebec City and need a home appliance repaired,give us a call. We’ll send a technician over right away to fix the problem.