We are about to replace our dishwasher, but I also know that most dishwasher problems are not actually the dishwasher, but other issues instead. Despite this, I am convinced that our issues might actually be the dishwasher.
Here are the facts; please provide your own FOOpinion:
-The dishwasher was amazing for about two months when we moved in, then it had problems for a few weeks, then it was amazing again, and now it's the worst it's ever been.
-The dishwasher is old enough that the racks inside are that mint green/turquoise color from when my mom was a kid.
-If I put in dirty dishes, the dishes come out like they were rinsed off but not washed.
-If I clean the dishes first, they come out looking dirty. I don't want to say it's dishwasher soap residue, but maybe that is what it is—it's whitish and it has to be scraped off with a scouring sponge, but there is no thickness to it.
-We have a water softener.
-We have two whole-house water filters.
-We have tried using less soap, more soap; JetDry, and no JetDry.
-The water heater is set to the middle position.
-I took the dishwasher apart and tried to clean the screen where the hot water supply comes in.
-I ran an empty cycle with distilled white vinegar two separate times.
I am at a loss here. All similar problems I read about online state that it's a hard water issue, but we have a water softener (and the dishwasher worked well even when we weren't using the softener before). So, maybe I just need to adjust the water softener hardness to solve everything? That being said, it's a Morton softener with the hardness set to “35,” but I can't find a manual about what that number translates to, and whether a bigger or smaller number means softer water.
(Okay, back to taking care of the 8-day old.)