Viking Dishwasher is not working again!
One of the most frustrating experiences we’ve had with our Viking Dishwasher (professional series) has to be the 6 months we spent trying to figure out why our dishes (especially the top rack) ended up with a sandy-grit on them after each wash cycle. Without fail, the dishwasher was depositing what looked and felt like sand onto the bottoms of our cups/jars/etc (remember, they’re loaded upside down on the rack so the bottoms are collectors…) At first, it was a small amount and only a minor annoyance, but this like all things in life grew with intensity over time.
Again, we considered calling a Viking repair shop, but our experience has taught us to roll up our sleeves and get in there and do it ourselves!
Our Sleeves are up!
We tried and tried different methods and different madness over the course of many moons to address this problem: Replace our dishes (anything chipped or pitting required a complete replacement); pull out all components and clean them, soak them, sing to them; switch detergents; the list goes on. Nothing seemed to do the trick for long. It was quite frustrating to repeatedly believe that you solved the problem only to have the sandy-beach make its way back into the tub.
Then one day, we declared that enough is enough and we took a drastic measure: We removed all components from inside the tub and blasted them with a high-pressure wash from our fancy-spray-nozzled-garden-hose. That’s right – full pressure. While we had everything out of the dishwasher we repeatedly ran the most sterile, hottest and longest wash cycle without letting the dishwasher enter the dry cycle; that’s right, we caught it right before it started drying and then restarted the sterilize/high-heat/longest-cycle again, and again, and again.
Turns out that the high-pressure wash seemed to do the bulk of the fixing. The components within the dishwasher tend to accumulate all sorts of materials (food, dish-pieces, etc) within them and those materials don’t come out with a normal kitchen-sink wash/soak. Couple all of this with some really intense wash-with-no-dry cycles and you have the recipe for a good-as-new Viking Dishwasher.
What did we do after we fixed yet another Viking Dishwasher on our own? We went on vacation, to the warm sunny and sandy beaches of Florida! (I wanted to say “We went to Disney World”, but we did that a few months before we fixed the Dishwasher 🙂
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