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KDS15: Vintage KitchenAid Automatic Dishwasher by Hobart - $75 (Green)
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Post# 982550   2/12/2018 at 22:39 (183 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Post# 982686 , Reply# 1   2/13/2018 at 17:04 (182 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Wow!: Can we say BAD WATER SOFTENER?

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Otherwise that one's in good shape. I'd want to run a commercial lime solvent made for de-liming dish machines (Such as Ecolab's version of Lime-A-Way) through it to get rid of the deposits though. I would bet that the fill valve is at least somewhat plugged with iron buildup as well. The Racks are in AMAZING condition as is the console and the tank in general. I think this is a low mileage machine run on rusty water that was not properly softened.

Post# 982694 , Reply# 2   2/13/2018 at 18:57 (182 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I would try White Vinegar first. That baby is at least 50 years old.

I know myself when I want to descale, I start gently first. : )

Post# 982696 , Reply# 3   2/13/2018 at 19:20 (182 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The rinse aid dispenser apparently doesn't work

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Post# 982698 , Reply# 4   2/13/2018 at 20:07 (182 days old) by ncphoneman (Charlotte, NC)        

That is the exact model that I grew up with. Only problem we ever had out of ours was when my brother was a toddler he "discovered" the timer knob that was right at his eye level and had the best time playing with it. As was the usual practice Dad started the dishwasher before going to bed not realizing that the timer knob had been messed with. Guess how surprised he was when he got out of bed the next morning and stepped in 6 INCHES of water in the back master bedroom! Poor Mom & Dad had no idea that, thanks to my brother, the timer knob was stuck on "fill" and had been "filling" for approx. 6 hours!! And to make matters worse, this was the late 60's when deep pile shag carpeting was all the rage. I remember the fire dept. coming out to pump out the house (they would do stuff like that back then) then Dad spent the day ripping out all the carpeting. Oh the memories......

Post# 982745 , Reply# 5   2/14/2018 at 06:01 (182 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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"The rinse aid dispenser apparently doesn't work ".

It wouldn't surprise me at all if they had no knowledge that the machine HAS a built in Rinse Aid dispenser.

Post# 982752 , Reply# 6   2/14/2018 at 06:29 (182 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Still a deal for a brushed-chrome front 15 Series....  That rust staining will probably rub right out!

Post# 982755 , Reply# 7   2/14/2018 at 07:49 (182 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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A very handsome machine. What is it with Superbas? I just love their styling.

Post# 982772 , Reply# 8   2/14/2018 at 10:23 (181 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Flooding KDS-15 KA DW

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No amount of messing with the timer knob could cause this machine to flood, I hope your brother was not blamed for this DW failure, blaming a child for something like this could traumatize them for life about appliances.

John L.

Post# 982784 , Reply# 9   2/14/2018 at 14:17 (181 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Was the 15 series the first to use the 4 arm spray arm? Did they also have an upper spray arm? Anyone know why the earlier cast iron arm was superseded by the 4 arm design? Better performing? Cheaper to produce?

Post# 982791 , Reply# 10   2/14/2018 at 14:52 (181 days old) by Frigidaireguy (Wiston-Salem, NC)        

I had a washer with bad iron rust stain and used a product called "IRON OUT"
It worked great and came out perfect.

Post# 982793 , Reply# 11   2/14/2018 at 14:56 (181 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Ken, the 15 series was indeed the introduction of the "4-way Hydrosweep" wash arm.  The top spray didn't come into production until the 18 series (along with the second-level wash arm).  


As to why Big Blue got put out to pasture, it may have been partly due to the taller tub in the 15 series - the extra jets may have been needed to move plenty of water up to the upper rack.  Spoiler alert - they do... LOL 

Post# 982798 , Reply# 12   2/14/2018 at 15:30 (181 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Thanks for the info Paul.

Post# 982822 , Reply# 13   2/14/2018 at 18:34 (181 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Ahhhh... But the first "Constant Rinse" on the top of the chamber did not appear until the 17 series machines.

stevet... please confirm...

The first under the bottom of the top rack did not appear until the 18 series went into production.

I always will believe the 18 series run of the machines were the best. Yes, they wasted water but they cleaned like all get out. Hydro Sweep from the bottom... Under top rack Spray arm, and then the Constant rinse from the top of the tank.

Sorry to say but it's stupid to ever hear these 18 series did not clean well.

I just want one more before I go to the Big Constant Rinse in the sky.

I know why KA got rid of the Constant Rinse but to not to improve it or refine the design just left me sooooo miffed... I never understood why they didn't fix it.

Like the New Agitub Speed Queen. It just ruined everything.

Post# 982872 , Reply# 14   2/14/2018 at 22:25 (181 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
The Constant Rinse Arm

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Came out in the 16 series DWs, overall the KD 18s did not clean as well as MT or WP DWs of the same time period, especially the KDC-18, which did not have any heater at all to boost water temperature.


John L.

Post# 982893 , Reply# 15   2/15/2018 at 05:16 (181 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Sorry Paul...

I didn't see your post.

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