Run the hot water in the sink
near the dishwasher before starting it, so the water is at or
near 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use a rinse aid to help the dishes
dry without spotting.
Use fresh detergent. Old lumpy
detergent can cause the unit to leak.
Promptly repair cut or chipped
plastic coating on racks to prevent rusting. Use steel wool to
remove rust and cap the damaged rack tines with slip-on rubber
tips. You can get a rack- or tine-repair kit or a new rack from
Sears PartsDirect at 1-800-366-PART (1-800-366-7278) or www.sears.com/partsdirect.
Twice a year, lift out the strainer
and clean it with warm soapy water and a soft-plastic scrub brush.
Twice a year, remove the spray
arm and clean it by poking a piece of stiff wire through the holes.
Then shake the spray arm to make sure nothing is inside, such
as seeds from fruit. Finally, scrub any mineral deposits off the
spray arm with hot distilled white vinegar.
Twice a year, place a small container
filled with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in both the lower
and upper racks of the unit and run a regular wash. The unit will
disperse the vinegar during the wash cycle. This will dissolve
mineral accumulation and soap residue throughout the dishwasher.
Never use regular dishwashing
liquid (used for washing dishes in the sink) in your unit. If
used by accident, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to stop the
If you live in an area with hard
water, use more detergent. If you live in an area with soft water
and your dishes are too soapy, use less detergent.