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Why does my dishwasher use too much rinse aid?

Just thought I'd try using rinse aid in the available dispenser. I have a Kenmore ultra wash quiet guard standard stainless steel dishwasher. I'm washing dishes right now, so I don't want to stop it to give you the model #. The manual says it should last from a month to 3 months. I've almost used up the whole bottle in less than a month. I quit using it, but that seems odd. I did turn the knob to the lowest setting, since we have well water with a water softener. Please advise.

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Manage My Life
Why does my dishwasher use too much rinse aid?

Without a model number I am unable to gain access to any specific information regarding your appliance.

The amount of rinse aid released in the final rinse can be adjusted in most dishwashers.

Here is some basic directions on how to adjust the setting:

Remove the dispenser knob

Turn the arrow adjuster inside then dispenser to the desired setting by either using your fingers or inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into the center of the arrow and turning.

Replace the dispenser knob

Check the rinse aid cap. If the o-ring on the cap is damaged or not sealing properly, you may need to replace the cap.

If the cap is okay and you are not able to adjust or reduce the amount of rinse aid dispensed, you will likely need to replace the dispenser assembly.
by Manage My Life
January 11th, 2010
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I am having the same problem, the rinse aid used to last the specified 1-3 months but now it runs out in a week or so. I have a Kenmore Ultra Wash QuietGuard Deluxe with model # 66513849K601. I don't notice any dripping from the dispenser knob and I've never adjusted the amount of rinse aid dispensed from the factory setting of 2. Before I take your advice and replace the dispenser assembly, is there any info you can give me based on my specific model? Thanks in advance for your help!
by CHRISTOPHER PECHIE Earned 7 community points in Kenmore
May 30th, 2011
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Manage My Life
I have a six-week-old Kenmore UltraWash model # 665.1329 3K 114, and I am following all of the instructions in the manual about the proper way to use the rinse aid. However, my new dishwasher is dispensing the rinse aid too fast. I have it on the 1 setting, and the rinse aid needs to be refilled after running the dishwasher only 3 times in about 8-10 days. I checked the cap, and it's beautiful because it's brand new.
Does my dispenser assembly need to be replaced? If so, can it be replaced successfully in this model?
by Manage My Life
May 28th, 2013
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