How to Fix: Bosch Dishwasher not Dissolving Tablet / Soap
Your Bosch dishwasher doesn’t dissolve the tablet or soap fully? Here’s the fix! Finally!
In this post I’ll discuss how I fixed my Bosch dishwasher. This one at the right is actually my second Bosch, the first one was identical and lasted only about three years.
The Symptom: Tablet or Soap Powder does not Dissolve: Dishes Dirty…
Is your dishwasher driving you nuts? I was about to throw it out the window like its predecessor because patience is low these days.
Symptom #1: the tablet gets stuck in the handle area shown as A, see picture at the right.
Obviously you have already:
checked hot water temperature is above 120F (50C)
and that the strainer filter at the bottom is completely clean. This was the cause of death of my previous Bosch dishwasher. The filter needs to be religiously cleaned once a month or the pump will die prematurely.
The Fix: Design Flaw Causes Pipe to Loosen “B”
As you can see in the in the picture above, arrow B points to the gray pipe which runs from the bottom pump along the depth of the dishwasher, and then up.
The reason why the tablet was not dissolving was that the pipe loosened up and very little water made its way up. The tablet was getting stuck at “A” shown above because hardly any water was sprayed around at the top.
You need to push the pipe all the way down until you hear a “click”. Once in the correct position proceed as usual and load the dirtiest dishes you can find. And since you made your hands dirty you might as well use the opportunity and clean the strainer filter once again, just in case. Reduced water flow due to dirty filters may also impact water pressure inside the dishwasher, which could also lead to tablets and powder not dissolving.
Shame on you Bosch, this is clearly a product design flaw that could have been easily avoided…
Fix #2: Update in 2018. A Very Effective “fix”
If fix #1 didn’t solve the problem to 100%, there is another fix: buy liquid dishwasher detergent, i.e. gel.
I tried all brands and they all work well. You may have to use a little more gel but it works way better than powder or tablets. The cleaning power of the gel will depend on quantity and brand used. But as long as we rinse the dishes before placing them into the dishwasher I have to say it works well.
Call me a amateur conspiracy theorist but I think the dishwasher tablets were only invented so we use much more soap than necessary. Let’s remember: the capitalist form of production aims at profit maximization, not quality maximization. If, of course, a great product is occasionally produced, that’s a great outlier, the company and vendors take immediate notice, and the product is quickly removed or superseded with an ‘improved’ version that has the ‘corrected’ lifespan. (^_^)
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Genius! Am old lady (74). Have year old Bosch dishwasher with exact problem – soap pods catches in handle of top rack. With this excellent explanation and the picture to help, I was able to make the repair myself – in less than a minute. Had to feel around a bit because the spray arm visually covers the pipe connection. Mine had moved completely away from the incoming water pipe so no water at all was going to the top spray arm. Thank you so much for saving me a service call and repair charge for what amounts to something so simple. I agree about the pods. Think I will go back to the gel.
First time it happened today. Washed same dishes 4 times with same pod not dissolved in exact place from the picture. After 4th time, I knew it’s a water issue, but I know I wouldn’t be able to figure out that “flaw” from the article. First Google search, first link and one minute later I made my wife happy lol Thank you for helping. This is Bosch and maybe a year old…Too early for problems like that.