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Dishes not clean, water spots

Have model KUDD230BO that came with house, pre rinse dishes added new rinse agent. Have run empty washerwith vinegar to clean. Other than scrubing dishes then using dishwasher, dishes still have food on them. Please help!!!!

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You might have really really hard water which would leave mineral deposits on your dishes,,, something could also be blocking the wash arm from rotating, or the water from shooting out of the wash arm which would result in very poor cleaning results

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The problem sounds like hard water. go to because they have a new product out just for this problem. it will filter the water going into your dishwahser solving your problem once and for all. it is guaranteed to work and very affordable also. you will lvoe the way your dishes come out.

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My Maytag quiet series 200 is not cleaning and despite many attempts it is also leaving terrible residue on dishes.

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Dishwater residue is a fairly common occurrence, and several things can cause it. Even the newest dishwashers may leave residue, and it might have nothing to do with the actual dishwasher function itself. However, there are things you can do to prevent, limit or completely remove dishwasher residue during every washing cycle.

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Not sure about the rinse agent but the film is caused by hard water.

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After washing the dishes are not clean. There is a white film over-all. Our water is "hard." I have had this dishwasher several years.

It probably isn't a problem with the dishwasher.
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Sorry to disappoint, but this is a general internet help forum. I really don't know who you are complaining to: the Cascade detergent makers, or the company who sold you your dishwasher. You should most likely call them if you believe you want silverware replaced?? But I honestly do not know if they would because they can say it was all about your choices in detergents; how do they know it was the dishwasher and not previous issues, etc...
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