a possible cause of bad dishwasher odors?
Could reduced or no interior air circulation ~AND~ the current "scrape-don't-rinse" of dirty dishes be the cause of the bad dishwasher odors that so many of us are experiencing?
We've had our new Bosch DW a couple of months now, and I'm noticing bad odors from it, but only when there are dirty dishes sitting inside. DW is correctly installed by professional with proper air loop, etc.. There is no water - standing or otherwise - on the floor of the tub after a cycle finishes; it is bone dry.
Our Bosch smells great after the DW has run a cycle and the dishes are unloaded, but:
-When there are dirty dishes inside and the door to our Bosch DW door is propped open slightly, there are NO ODORS.
-When I allow the door to close naturally, creating no air circulation, with those exact same dirty dishes, on the same day, an hour or two later the interior smells like a garbage truck. Gag.
-Leave it propped open again (approx 1/4" to 1/2"), mimicking the old Kenmore/Whirlpool DW door, there is no blast of odor when opening the door on the same day.
-We are using the same detergent (Finish Powerball tabs) as with our former DW.
We've never had this happen in 40 years of DWs. With the old 'American' DWs, we rinsed dishes, and the doors were not so heavy that they automatically closed tight. The door was always cracked (slightly open) until we fully closed it to start a wash cycle. All our previous 'American' DWs had visible 'steam vents' (non-technical term) that the Bosch does not have because of new condensation drying technique or whatever-they-call-it.
? ? ? Is it possible the American style 'steam vents' and drying system allowed better/any fresh air circulation inside the DW between wash cycles that the Bosch and other Euro brands do not? Air displacement when water enters the tub would indicate some sort of escape vent for air in the Bosch, but it may not be as large as those old traditional steam vents, especially due to the reduced amount of water the new DWs utilize. Rinsing the dishes definitely left less food on the plates and such.
As long as our Bosch can 'breathe' between cycles, there is no discernible odor, just like the old days with our Kenmore/Whirlpool DW.
Any thoughts? Opinions?