How to Remove Food Debris From a GE Dishwasher


GE manufactures built-in and portable dishwashers. Heavily soiled dishes or cookware with dried and burned-on foods should be cleaned with the Heavy cycle. Your dishwasher flushes away all normal food. However, hard objects such as fruit pits and bones can collect in openings and should be removed occasionally to prevent clogging of the drain system. The filters need to be cleaned monthly.

Things You'll Need

  • Small brush
  • Clean the spray arms. Usually it's hard water chemicals, not food, that cause problems with these parts, but give the arms a cleaning while you're working on the machine. Remove the spray arm by twisting the retaining nut 90 degrees and pulling the spray arm off the shaft.

  • Wash the arms in soapy water and use the brush on the jets.

  • Remove food from the filter assembly. Take out the filter by pulling up on the cup handle. Do this at least once a month. It will remove food particles from the wash water and allow the water to be recirculated during the cycle.

  • Rinse the main filter and cup under running water to remove large food particles.

  • Brush both the fine filter and the main filter.

  • Reassemble the parts. The main filter goes back into the cup and the cup inserts into the fine filter.

  • Reinsert the assembly back into the dishwasher. Position it in place and then press down.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unclean dishes and flatware are an indication that the filters need to be cleaned and that food debris needs to be removed.
  • Don't use the dishwasher without the filters.

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