I'm looking for any ideas about how to get my dishwasher working better. Right now I need to take it apart and clean out a filter each week, but this filter is not easily removed (~8 screws) and did not ever need cleaning in the past. Even after running the dishwasher empty I have observed this filter getting a bit of gunk in it. After cleaning, it works well and gradually gets more clogged up, by the end of the week there's soapy residue left on the dishes.
Some bad choices made leading up to having this issue:
running the dishwasher with juicer parts that were packed full of apple pulp, causing the bottom of the dishwasher to be full of standing water and the first time I observed the permanent filter being clogged
trying different more eco friendly soaps which was the first time we observed dishes not getting clean and soapy residue remaining
taking apart the dishwasher and noticing one of the gaskets did not fit clearly back into place, I think it's right now but liable to be wrong
Some things I've tried:
running the dishwasher empty with vinegar
running the dishwasher empty
The dishwasher is a Frigidaire FPHD2491KF0
Please see the pictures on this post. Appreciate any ideas about things to try!
above: inside of dishwasher and the problem area
above: cleaned the filter, and then ran an empty cycle with vinegar and this grime showed up
above: the filter that's difficult to remove, after a week of usage
above: confusing o ring, it doesn't seem to sit right in there and its not obvious to me how it should fit
above: it seems too big to fit into the groove in there, I regret having taken this apart
above: under the sink, for context