TS26 - How do I back flush

The detergent you add to your tank may congeal and separate from the water over time. The congealed detergent may accumulate in the tank, hose, tube and wand. Miscellaneous particles that come through your water lines may also accumulate. Back flush to wash out the obstructions. Caution: this procedure causes water to flow backward. Be sure to follow the steps to confine the water to the sink.

  • Lift the detergent tank, with lid and tube attached, into the sink.
  • Unscrew the tank from the lid and place the lid in the sink with the two small holes facing upward.
  • Place a sponge or dishcloth in the bottom of the sink.
  • Remove the brush from the end of the wand.
  • Turn on the water and adjust the temperature to warm.
  • Divert the water from the spout to the wand.
  • Press the end of the wand into the sponge or dishcloth to restrict the water flow - you will not be able to completely restrict the flow.
  • Press the red button.
  • Water should flow from both small holes and from the end of the tube where it is attached to the button at the top of the lid.
  • Clean the detergent tank.
  • Refill the tank.
  • Screw the tank to the lid.
  • Place the assembled detergent tank beneath the sink.
  • Reattach the brush to the wand.

Your Dishmaster will work best if you routinely perform this procedure. Make it a habit to take a few moments and back flush every time your tank runs empty and before refilling.

Are the hose connections made properly? Check the connections

WHAT DETERGENT SHOULD I USE IN MY DISHMASTER?

  • USE DETERGENT, NOT SOAP. Soaps are made from natural ingredients, which you think sounds great and usually we agree. But...soap is basically fats and oils mixed with a base and it's going to clog the system. If you choose the soap path, you should expect to back flush the system more often.
  • DO NOT USE DETERGENTS WITH LOTION ADDITIVES. Just like soaps, lotion will clog the system and create work for you with increased back flushing.
    • Choose a detergent that is transparent; avoid anything cloudy or opaque.
    • Avoid detergents that advertise "lotion", "makes hands soft", or similar wording.
  • DO NOT USE DETERGENTS THAT CONTAIN CITRUS ADDITIVES (CITRIC ACID). The acid will deteriorate the copper tubing in your hose assembly and you will have to replace it.
  • LIQUID ONLY! DO NOT USE POWDERED DETERGENT OR POWDERED SOAP.

HOW MUCH DETERGENT SHOULD I ADD TO THE TANK?

  • START WITH THE RECOMMENDED MIXING RATIO OF: 1 tablespoon of detergent per 16 ounces of water. Your water conditions and experience will determine if you want to increase or decrease the amount of detergent.
    • For faucets that have the detergent tank in the faucet body, begin by using one tablespoon of detergent per tank of water.
    • For faucets with a 72-oz reservoir beneath the sink, start with four tablespoons of detergent per tank of water.
  • Your water conditions and experience will determine if you want to increase or decrease the amount of detergent. Use of thicker solutions will require that you back flush more often.