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hard water issues

Timco Member Posts: 3,026
My dishwasher wands are FULL of hard, white chunks that come loose and block the holes...thus no clean dishes with a film. What will eat & remove the deposits??? I tried vinegar, Vanisol (hydrochloric acid) and tub / shower cleaner (hard water remover) that all did nothing. Surely something must dissolve these deposits...any east coast ideas (or far north) are welcome here in the west desert.

Just a guy running some pipes.


  • kpc_19
    kpc_19 Member Posts: 11
    sounds like....

    you need a softener. The deposits did not show up need to let the cleaners work over time and the water softener installed. kpc
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,517
    the wall of appliances

    check out this site for dishwasher [and more appliance ] repair info.
    just like the wall i learned enough to deal with the same problem you are having.the parts needed [wands etc.] are not expensive to replace and i never was able to clean them except as a temporary fix.nbc
  • Are you sure...

    it's not plastic from your dip tube or a previous water heaters dip tube? You've hit it with some prety serious chemicals there. Bout the only thinkg I know of that can withstand that kind of attack is PLASTIC...

    Just thinking out loud...

  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,026

    I think replacing the wands and filter is a good idea. These chunks are built up in the wands, and if I tap them on something hard, they crumble / break loose. The wand surfaces have a very hard film that will not dissolve, and just tastes like grit, not salt. The chunks from the wands are bright, pure white and are soft & gritty. I find it curious that hard water dissolver or hydro acid will not eat it. Maybe a byproduct of the soap?

    Just a guy running some pipes.
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