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Blocked dishwasher spinners - anyone else?

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NoPlanYet Fri 29-Apr-16 12:01:51

My dishwasher is shit.

I have to scrape every last speck of food off every item and scrub things with (minimal) baked on dirt otherwise the spinners get clogged up and just spray food particles all over every item, then bake the particles on for good measure during the drying section.

My friends put dirty things in their dishwashers and they come out clean, end of story.

I clean the spinners every month or so, soak them in a sink of water and lots of stuff comes out. I replace them ~once a year. The dishwasher is a Beko DSFN 6830 and is about 5 years old but has always been like this. Salt is filled up. I use a variety of tablets but often market leaders eg Fairy when they are on offer

Am I doing something wrong here? Did I not pay attention in whatever dishwasher maintenance training everone else seems to have got? Or is my dishwasher just shit and I need to get a better one if I want to be able to put dirty things in. I'm not talking half a plate full of dinner dirty, just the odd bean in a slick of sauce and sausage crumbs.

I'm about to start renting the flat out to tenants (good friends) so I think I'll replace it anyway as I don't want them cursing the day I was born everytime they open the dishwasher and get the dirty-plates-disapppointment I'm so used to, but just wondering if there is anything I need to know for next time.

situatedknowledge Fri 29-Apr-16 12:03:34

We had that problem in a house we rented. I eventually managed to find a tiny tiny piece of plastic wrapper jammed inside the arm. That said, maybe if it keeps happening, you're right and it is just a rubbish dishwasher.

wowfudge Fri 29-Apr-16 13:08:15

We only get particles of muck stuck on things if something has blocked the path of the water being sprayed round inside the dishwasher. Are you over filling it or putting really dirty stuff in the top basket? Do you clean the filter regularly?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 29-Apr-16 14:56:05

If it's always been like it then it's just not a great machine. Our house came with a new elextrolux one that drove me batty.

I replaced it with a Miele. No more dw stress.

NotCitrus Fri 29-Apr-16 18:08:13

Do you test the spinners can spin just before setting it going? Have you cleaned the filters in the bottom of the dishwasher?

It could be a piece of plastic film stuck inside somewhere, but if you've replaced them whole spinner then either there's a blockage in the water intake, or the dishwasher is just shit. I've just ditched an Amica one (given to us when our ancient Bosch finally snuffed it) as it was just rubbish - now have a newish but very basic Bosch and it's so much better.

NoPlanYet Fri 29-Apr-16 21:33:34

The spinners can spin round, i don't overfill well not every day and the top basket has stuff which is pretty clean - drained tea cups, scraped / licked clean cereal bowls, squash glasses. Nothing grisly at all.

Looks like a new dishwasher is necessary. I've been on which and a zanussi one for ~£260 looks like a good performer (81%) and best value, so I think my mind is quite easily made up.

The things I look forward to spending money on these days...

WingsClipped Fri 29-Apr-16 22:11:14

Sounds like you've just got a rubbish dw. I put non rinsed plates (sometimes not scraped very well) in our Bosch and it all comes out sparkling clean. It even does ones where the sauce has been dried on when I haven't had time can't be arsed to load the dw

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Fri 29-Apr-16 22:22:45

I scrape really clean but don't pre rinse. The spinners rarely need attention but the filter does or it seems to inflict bits onto clean plates.

Every now and then I run the machine on an empty but very high temp washload, same as I do to the washing machine. I also put a cleaner through it. Miele's is streets ahead of any other brand I've tried.

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