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My 18 month old Kitcenaid dishwasher........................
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Post# 357848   8/17/2016 at 11:08 (790 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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leaked all over the kitchen floor the other day. It worked fine, until then. I saw water on the floor, felt under the door.soaking wet.
Of course the warranty has expired. I called the repairman. He asked how old it was . When I said, "A year and a half", he first replied, 'well, it's getting up there". I replied, "Getting UP there"? It was $800.00 and used probably 25 times. He's coming next week. A stainless steel Kitchenaid dishwasher shouldn't leak after 18 months. Stay tuned......................................

Post# 357853 , Reply# 1   8/17/2016 at 11:39 (790 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Don't dispare just yet

Dishwasher leaking can be pretty simple, or . . .

For the Tall-tub units it can be as simple as rinse aid foaming a little too much and causing water to  bubble over the seal at the bottom.   A stuck float at the front right, could have allowed an overflow.  A gasket or leak of the fill hose.  A tiny creature making a hole in the tubing,  A lose pump/drain connection. 



My K/A dishwasher did a minor leak at about 18 months, what had happened was the rinse aid dispenser failed allowing it to dump the entire amount of rinse aid into one final rinse.   This caused it to suds.   They replaced the dispenser (luckily I did purchase the extended warranty)  No more problems.

Post# 357854 , Reply# 2   8/17/2016 at 11:41 (790 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

It may be the inlet water line, or drain hose or connection leaking. Who installed it? Did they use a floodsafe stainless braided hose with inline water valve? $12 bucks at Home Depot. If a leak happens, it shuts off the water within it.
Does it connect to your garbage disposer? I check all drain connections periodically. PVC threaded connections expand and contract and can loosen up. if the disposer shakes a lot when it runs, in time, the clamp for the dishwasher drain inlet may also get loose.
If it ends up being the dishwasher, call K/A customer service and bitch up a storm. Squeaky wheel gets oil. Be tactfull and stern. Tell them about all of your friends on here who spread the news.

Post# 357877 , Reply# 3   8/17/2016 at 22:18 (790 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

That is why I have a 1984 Kitchenaid made by Hobart..knock on wood, no probs and I bought it used from a couple who bought a house with it in it and they were rehabbing of course to all stainless steel. The best $75.00 I ever spent. My handyman who installed it said he'd never lifted such a heavy dishwasher before. I wouldn't give up my 1994 Kenmore washer/dryer either.. or my 1988 Whirlpool refrigerator..they just don't make things like they used to!

Post# 357893 , Reply# 4   8/18/2016 at 08:58 (789 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
My 1988 Maytag

Jetclean belt drive portable D/W was also super heavy. It had a heavy steel base plate, and a solid butcher block top. I gave it up in the divorce. I kept the tools.

Post# 357897 , Reply# 5   8/18/2016 at 09:13 (789 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Oh no,we just bought a brand new TOL kitchenaid. So far we love it. I hope it all works out John.

We eventually plan to go all new kitchenaid In our house but I also want to have a fully working vintage kitchen also somewhere for mini meets and such

Post# 357908 , Reply# 6   8/18/2016 at 10:24 (789 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Our kids

have a three year old Kenmore comparable to the Kitchen Aid. No problems yet.
It does not have the scrub zone jets at the back of the bottom. Stainless steel inside and out. Top of door edge console. Very quiet as well. I barely hear it run or pump out.

Post# 357910 , Reply# 7   8/18/2016 at 10:55 (789 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
1984 Kitchen-Aid

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My 1984 Kitchen-Aid Superba, as well as my 1984 Electrolux Diamond Jubilee are two of my most precious possessions. Neither have ever given me any significant trouble.

I would NEVER buy a new Kitchen-Aid - I hate the weak little motors they currently use. MY Kitchen-Aid is also known as a "hurricane in a box". Nothing comes out dirty.

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Post# 357913 , Reply# 8   8/18/2016 at 11:48 (789 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
two smaller

motors today rather than one large one. One for washing, one for draining.
Use a good detergent, and they clean and sanitizes dishes. Quieter as well.
Unfortunately, only a handful of old machines are still around. Not enough for everyone who wants one to have one.
I'd still have one also, if the tub hadn't rusted and leaked.
I may have been able to repair it, but my other half didn't want to wait for me to do it till I had the time.
So, we have newer appliances.

Post# 357962 , Reply# 9   8/19/2016 at 11:41 (788 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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My husband didn't want me pulling out the brand new Maytag dishwasher that came with our house, when we bought it a year ago. The first evening in our new house, I did a load of dishes. The thing started to count down from 2 1/2 hours. Who has that kind of time? The next day, we pulled the brand new Maytag out (sold it for $50 to a gal from work). I had my husband and my best friend install the Kitchen-Aid while I was at work. Took them many hours, because the fitting sizes from 'old' to 'new' were not compatible. They got it installed, and I couldn't be happier with it. My friend Brian, who gave me the Kitchen-Aid Superba, also gave me the service manual. So if anything happens, I will be able to fix it. Have a second Superba, same model, for parts if I ever need it.

Post# 357971 , Reply# 10   8/19/2016 at 15:36 (788 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
2.5 hours????

No way! Is that the normal cycle?
My GE Profile takes 90 minutes on anti bacterial with added heat. Pre wash, wash, two rinses, dry.

Post# 357990 , Reply# 11   8/20/2016 at 09:16 (787 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It has performed perfectly

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quietly,  etc.  I trust it will NOT be a big, expensive, drawn out thing.

It replaced an "Insinkerator" {Kitchenaid} model that lasted 27 years ...only needing a new hose once. Until the one day when it ran no more.


 Here's the old one.

Post# 357991 , Reply# 12   8/20/2016 at 09:21 (787 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 358019 , Reply# 13   8/21/2016 at 07:46 (786 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

Insinkerators and Kitchen Aids did last a long time, as did the Whirlpool versions following the acquisition from the early 90's.
I've had the same K/A toaster oven for over ten years John, similar to yours.
Do yourself a favor, get that flood safe fill hose. Eliminate the rigid copper waterline under the dishwasher if it still has one.
Dishwasher leaks are one of the most common insurance damage claims.

Post# 359290 , Reply# 14   9/14/2016 at 10:57 (762 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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"Robert", (U.S.Appliances) came last night at6 p.m. He looked at it, ran it, opened it, FULL OF SUDS!! He asked me what I use. I showed him...Cascade pouches. He was at a national meeting, and was told that they were the worst thing you could use........ soap doesn't always drain. He's pulled pouch residue out of hoses, etc. When the people all asked, "Then, WHY do the dishwashers say that they recommend CASCADE"? They were told,"we have a contract with PROCTOR AND GAMBLE". ahah!!

He cleaned out the entire thing, checked all seals, gaskets, etc and used FINISH, the little block with the red ball. PERFECT!! NO LEAKS, thank God!
I was running the washer/dryer. He noticed a delay in gas ignition. i THOUGHT it was slower. He opened it up. After trying new 'coils', he's ordering a new valve and will replace it in a few days. He told me once before to 'Do anything you can to keep these ". So, all will be fine. I'm relieved that the dishwasher was such a simple 'fix'.
Just thought I'd pass this along about the Cascade/Finish. He also told me that my glasses would be much clearer after a few loads using Finish.

Post# 359297 , Reply# 15   9/14/2016 at 13:36 (762 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Great news John!

Some repair techs are Super! My last one also was.
Is that a Blue Ridge bowl on your counter?

Post# 359300 , Reply# 16   9/14/2016 at 16:14 (762 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
No, it's

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Johnson Brothers, "Apple".

Post# 359350 , Reply# 17   9/15/2016 at 12:43 (761 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"Blue Ridge" pottery of Erwin,TN?

I'm 20 miles away.

Post# 359365 , Reply# 18   9/15/2016 at 16:35 (761 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I think so

Jimmy. They don't stamp the bottom of their pieces, you just have to know them.
John's was made for Franciscan pottery of California.
The other pattern is apple blossom by Johnson Brothers. They are now under Wedgewood.
Johnson Brothers also used to do the Laura Ashley patterns like "Suzanna".

Post# 359558 , Reply# 19   9/19/2016 at 09:25 (757 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Finish is all we use

Post# 359594 , Reply# 20   9/19/2016 at 15:55 (757 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Same here,

Finish tablets with bleach and the red dot. I also use a rinse aid. For large or heavy soil loads, I add liquid cascade to the small pre wash cup.

Post# 359629 , Reply# 21   9/20/2016 at 11:22 (756 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I also use the rinse agent, Finish

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formerly Jet Dry. I'm so glad it's all OK and that it wasn't broken, after such a short time.
Now, the dryer part is on order.

Post# 359647 , Reply# 22   9/20/2016 at 15:13 (756 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, that bowl is Franciscan

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I have both "Apple" and "desert Rose", service for 8 for each. I got them for a song (new). My late aunt had "desert Rose" in Ireland. When she moved back here, I got them so she wouldn't feel lonely when she came for dinner. She enjoyed them very much. I use Fiesta daily. They all go in the dishwasher. I never put the Lenox (3 patterns) in there, although there IS a china cycle.
I just picked up some "Finish" last night. So far, there are 3 spoons, 2 glasses and a bowl in there, waiting to be washed with others. Needless to say, I don't eat a lot at my house.

Post# 359683 , Reply# 23   9/21/2016 at 06:04 (755 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I know,

when I'm home alone, I always cook too much. I made osso bucco yesterday, so when my bud called and asked what I was doing for supper he stopped by. I was surprised he liked it. He cooks bland. Not that he cooks often. It's just himself also, so it's usually a chicken breast, veggies and rice or a baked potato.
I like more variety. I remember he used to open a jar of Ragu and call it spaghetti. Yuck! Then he had my chicken caccatore' and Lasagne.
When he had more money, I gave him a few lessons and he actually used to make tasty dishes. Once or twice, burgundy beef stew, a delicious pecan and honey beef brisket, and a nice smoked mozzarella pasta with peppers, shitake, and Portobello mushrooms.
He brought over two small cherry pies for desert. Just enough not to feel guilty.
Then we walked on a garden tour around the area. He's really big on gardening. He took photos even. He even thought my garden looked good. Not like his though.
He recently re connected with an old friend after 20 years who was shocked he has never been in a relationship. He's had some self esteem issues all the way back from childhood. I think I'd have ran away if my family treated me like that.

Post# 360829 , Reply# 24   10/13/2016 at 11:40 (733 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
was asked to "show my equipment"

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laundry..  so, here they are.  Made in 1990

Post# 360830 , Reply# 25   10/13/2016 at 11:43 (733 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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as if they just came out of the box!Thank GOD.


Post# 360831 , Reply# 26   10/13/2016 at 11:46 (733 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, the dryer

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with the new, $180.00 gas valve. Sure was better than a new dryer that has a much shorter shelf life.


Post# 360881 , Reply# 27   10/13/2016 at 20:57 (733 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Those two are pretty hard to beat! Nice looking set John.

Post# 360900 , Reply# 28   10/14/2016 at 07:32 (732 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I wish

we still had our old Maytags.

Post# 360911 , Reply# 29   10/14/2016 at 11:35 (732 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My serviceman told me to 'Do anything you can to keep th

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He looked amazed at the condition of them. It was worth every cent to service them.
He told me, 'Woe, you really take good care of your stuff". We were raised to, AND, it was very HARD to pay for them.....yrs ago. My late mom went to Ireland. When she came home, she saw these ...almost fainted. "What happened?" she asked. "A LOT", I replied.

Post# 360948 , Reply# 30   10/15/2016 at 07:09 (731 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I've also

been guilty of waxing my washer and dryer.
Then I got step children, who used the tops to apply stain pre treat to their garments, be careless with detergent, bleach, etc. Even as I placed worn towels on top of them.
One tires of preaching, and cleaning up after them. The more you do, the less they care. You can't watch them 24/7 unless you can stay home.
They had more pressing responsibilities like studying, playing video games, etc.
Heck, I was glad they at least washed their own clothes.
Now our daughter has her own family, and washer, and has discovered she needs to keep it clean, or mold and guck collect in and around the dispensers.

Post# 361106 , Reply# 31   10/18/2016 at 16:47 (728 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I usually wash them with Windex.

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My mom would use Ivory soap. I understand that they made a  polish for them, which I never bought.


Post# 361143 , Reply# 32   10/19/2016 at 06:10 (727 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Slip Stream

aircraft wax.
I had some left from waxing my Pontiac Bonnie. Remember those, when they still made real American cars, like real American washers and dryers?

Post# 361155 , Reply# 33   10/19/2016 at 11:28 (727 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, I remember fondly,

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VERY fondly. You're making me remember things. To quote Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing'. And, sad at the same time.

Post# 365137 , Reply# 34   1/14/2017 at 21:30 (640 days old) by damlvrusa (Columbia Heights MN)        

Hey Guys

You are not the only one who waxes their appliances. When I was a kid my mom had the old Maytags that had all the chrome around the console and the wht glass with gray stripes in them. I was always cleaning them up and making then shine like new even though they were far from it. I use to use Jubilee Creme on them and it always smelled so nice. She would always find me and say "you were cleaning the washer & dryer again weren't you, I can always tell" Thank You!
I have always been one to take really good care of all my things I have owned and it pays off in the long run because it seems to last that much longer. Hell even with all the vintage kitchen appliances I by on ebay the first thing I do is give it a good bath and then clean all the plastic handles and know and such with... get this Silver Polish or I will use plastic polish for cars. It is just a mild enuf abrasive that it cleans and does not scratch the finish. It works GREAT on stainless steel too.
John if I had the room for Maytags like yours I would but I have to have stacked units. I have a Maytag RR dishwasher that I bought used. I hunted Craigslist for yrs till I found the one I wanted. Its the TOL belt drive with push buttons. I had been trying to but another one on Craigslist and the woman would never call me back so I bought this one. Long story short she couldn't sell hers and she finally dropped the price to free so I have a spare for parts now. YESSSS! LOL I love the dam thing, it washes mad crazy clean.... loud but I don't care.

Post# 373136 , Reply# 35   6/3/2017 at 06:29 (500 days old) by albertwalton (Ellijay)        
That's really bad!

That's really bad! Water leak is the major problem faced by many homeowners these days. A few days ago we too had got the problem of water leakage from dishwasher, which causes the major problem of water damage in the house. Due to water damage, mold is also growing in the kitchen which becomes a severe headache to us. We also called the repairman, but he has taken too much to come and repair. Because of water damage in the house our neighbors suggested us to file an insurance claim from this site for the damage and also the insurance money will help to repair the damage.

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