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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

TL;DR Temperature Dishwashers use hot water, because that's the way to clean dishes. Then they heat up the hot water even more to sanitize the dishes. Food safety requires it. US dishwashers normally ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

This is NOT intended use It's way too much water for any intended use. To give you an idea, the last time I saw a $700 bill, it was from a toilet at a rarely-used facility, which had a stuck float. ...
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Dishwasher plug blocking disposal outlet

Re-wire the outlet so the top one is on the switch instead of the bottom one. Is this even possible, and if so, considering I've never done it before and it's under the kitchen sink without much room, ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

Capsule summary of the comments: Your old valve should probably be replaced with a new quarter turn ball valve version. Those old valves wear out and break your heart when it really matters. Report ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

First, it's almost certainly not the fault of your dishwasher. A dishwasher has to physically pump the water out of it, and they really only hold enough water to fill the bottom. If it started to ...
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What is the cloth around my dishwasher and do I need it?

It's called an insulation blanket and its main purpose is to muffle the noise made during operation. Since it's usually made of fiberglass, it provides some heat insulation too. You don't need it, ...
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How can I cut a metal pipe while preserving the wires inside?

You have to pull the wire out. Period. What you're looking at here is the conduit wiring method. It's actually a very excellent way to run wiring, but I gather it's completely alien and unfamiliar to ...
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How to check how much water my dishwasher is using?

To just answer your question about how much water your dishwasher uses, unhook the drain tubing for the DW and stick it into a big bucket so you can catch the water as it drains out. You might need ...
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can a dishwasher be installed 17 feet from sink?

You can put the dishwasher wherever you want. You will have to provide it with water and a drain that meets code - and it's not at all likely that you can run 17 feet to join the sink drain while ...
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No ground wire or GFCI for a dishwasher

That metal cladding is a valid ground path, provided it is connected properly to a metal box with either a ground wire from the breaker panel connected to the metal box or the metal box connecting to ...
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Why are we to leave a front-loader clothes washer open, but not the dishwasher?

Certainly washing machine door seals are more prone to mould, but there's another reason to leave the dishwasher door shut: It's perfectly placed for walking into and tripping over, in the kitchen ...
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Brand new dishwasher tripping GFCI breaker

As noted in a comment, you should do a sanity check on the GFCI, just to be sure. Plug in another appliance - toaster, radio, whatever. If that does not trip the GFCI then the problem is the ...
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Does a garbage disposal and/or dishwasher need to be on a GFCI?

There are no requirements in National Electrical Code (NEC) that a residential disposal must be GFCI protected. However, there may be requirements in the installation instructions, which would make ...
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Getting rid of hard wire for dishwasher

Purchase an appliance cord, at least 6' long. Route the power cable from the house for the dishwasher into the the under sink space. Install a electrical box and conventional receptacle on this power ...
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My dishwasher is too short for the counter

Looks like you got about 3.5" to make up. I'd put a couple of 2x4s front to back stacked flat and screwed down where the DW feet go. My wife and I are both tall and when we built our house we ...
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No ground wire or GFCI for a dishwasher

Congratulations on moving to the big city. Now, get familiar with big-city electrical. You'll see a lot of the metal conduit wiring method. This is an industrial-grade wiring system that is required ...
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Dishwasher electrical connection up to code?

For a hardwired appliance, either one of two things are true in order for the connection to comply with Code: The appliance provides a junction box on itself where the field wiring connections can be ...
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How do I get 150F water to the dishwasher?

You don't. Let the dishwasher do it for you. I have read in a maintenance manual that the ideal temperature for incoming water to a dishwasher is 150F. Was it a maintenance manual for your actual ...
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How can I repair a worn and rusting dishwasher rack?

There are products designed specifically for this, like this one: I haven't tried it - I actually have a kit but never got around to it... I definitely would not use tape because if it comes off ...
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Installer won't install dishwasher due to "old" stop valve

You should update this valve now that you are in there installing a new dishwasher. The dishwasher purchase, "with installation" correctly does not include updating your plumbing. It is ...
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Diagnosing food particles in dishwasher spray arm

Does the dishwasher rinse the dishes with post-filter grey water? Yes. The dishwasher fills the bottom basin with water (and heats the water to a good bacteria-killing temperature) then pumps the ...
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What should I do if the plastic waterline connection on my dishwasher is stripped?

The blue plastic piece itself can't be replaced. The whole inlet valve needs to be replaced. Pretty sure it's this part which costs about $50. Not very familiar with taking apart dishwashers down that ...
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What would happen if I connected a dishwasher to a hot water supply line?

Follow the manufacturer's instructions. New and higher priced dishwashers are more frequently starting to connect to cold water. The better dishwashers fill with so little water that the hot doesn't ...
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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

The green wire ends up connected to the chassis of the washer through the connector on the gray wire. If you'd open up the dishwasher you'd see one of the connectors going to a metal plate. If you ...
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Bosch Dishwasher check water light flashing

In the end, the solution was to tip the dishwasher backwards but at a far greater angle - about 60 degrees. This lead to a small amount of water running onto the floor and the problem was fixed.
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Can I clean out a GE dishwasher drain pump?

GE dishwasher won’t drain. Washer is washing, but doesn’t drain. During drain cycle you hear a hum, but no water is flowing into the garbage disposal. Troubleshooting: Two common problems: 1. Drain ...
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Dishwasher Hose Clamps won't open

Based on other answers and comments, I'm hoping I can provide some help by bringing together some of the relevant information into one answer. How it works As @user1289451 pointed out, the "screw" ...
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Draining problems in dishwasher. Is this drain setup ok?

Put the dishwasher drain line into the disposal. But that is NOT your air gap. There is a difference between an air gap and a trap. The output of the disposal has a trap, which is important. But you ...
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I'm replacing old dishwasher but the connectors are different

It is in your interest to understand / measure the connectors on the dishwasher and your water supply to select the right hose adapter. Perhaps one of these lines will allow you to bridge the new ...
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Can I piggyback off a hard-wired dishwasher circuit for a disposal?

If the undersink cabinet has a door, you don't need GFCI as of 2017 in letter. That from the horse's mouth. You also don't need it in spirit if the appliances are hardwired and grounded. Here's ...
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