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Hi Jenny - I had a terrible smell coming from under my sink, and I too thought it was a dishwasher/garbage disposal drainage issue. I used vinegar, baking soda, bleach and hot water on a daily basis. When I cut out the wallboard from under the sink and the smell got even worse, however, there was no sign of any water leaks or evidence of a dead animals. Come to find out, when I had a "friend" cut out a pass through from my kitchen (above the sink) into the den, he cut the pvc exhaust pipe and didn't re-route it nor cap allowing the fumes to escape outside via the attic. Thus, the fumes had no place to go other than down. The smell confused me because I thought it was rotten food or most likely a dead mouse trapped between the wall. The smell was actually causing me to get headaches. It's been almost 24 hours that this was repaired and I already can "smell" the difference. I hope this helps! Good luck.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Jan 01, 2019


You can either siphon it out or easier is to use a wet/dry shop vac.

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Tappan... | Answered on Feb 25, 2015


nope most modern appliances dont have fuses anymore, what is the model number? i may be able to help narrow down possible causes

Tappan... | Answered on Oct 09, 2014


I found out the water wasn't staying heated which caused the white film on our dishes and for them not to be cleaned. We replaced the thermostat and heater ring. That fixed the problem.

Tappan MDB531RF... | Answered on Sep 18, 2014


Open the door whe the unit stops and check the water temp. you should get steam when you open the door. If not it is probably an issue with the heat circuit issue.

Tappan 18 in.... | Answered on Jan 26, 2014


Follow the waterline.

Tappan... | Answered on Nov 14, 2013


You may have a saftey switch in the door thats not working when you close the door. But first and formost, check your circuit breakerbox and make sure the circuit breaker is not tripped. These are the two most problens for a dishwasher now coming on.
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Tappan... | Answered on Feb 13, 2013


I replaced the water inlet valve to stop water filling tub when machine was off. was very dissatisifed with first solution you gave me, Just went out and got water water inlet valve and replaced it, before I got the second e-mail

Tappan... | Answered on Dec 11, 2012

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