Dishwasher Not Spraying Dishes


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Old 09-06-09, 06:59 AM
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Dishwasher Not Spraying Dishes

8-YO Maytag DW. Fills properly and makes noise as if working well, but does not appear to be spraying water onto the dishes. Lower arm assembly is rotating but there is no cleaning action.

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Did you quickly fling open the door during the wash cycle to see if it is spraying adequately?

I presume from your post that it must not be - so therefore, if you have adequate water in the bottom, then you could have junk down in the sump pit where the water is at it's low point just before the pump sucks it up and recirculates the water out the spray arms, into the bottom, into the sump, back out the pump, etc.,etc.

Remove any screen cover back down behind/under the spray arm and remove possibly a second pullout screen (note how both are oriented), and then feel down in the sump pit and look with bright light and mechanic mirror. Also make sure nothing looks distorted or parts like some spring hanging out or something, down there.

Also you can unscrew the spray arm and shake it, once out of the unit, and see if junk is floating around in it, and get it out.

If these are not it, the problem is serious - like a worn or loose pump impeller or something, requiring decision on replacing pump/motor assembly (maybe $125-150 + your time labor -1 hour if experienced, or 2 hours or so if not), or to replace whole dishwasher
 
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Old 09-07-09, 01:15 PM
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For those who use powder, usually not all of the powder desoves and can drop into various spots and than solidifies into concrete.
 
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Old 09-07-09, 04:50 PM
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Cleaned out the area in the bottom of the washer. Did not need to disassemble. Working again like a champ. Thanks!
 
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Old 09-08-09, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by kilowatt View Post
For those who use powder, usually not all of the powder desoves and can drop into various spots and than solidifies into concrete.
It makes you wonder though, if there is some underlying problem with the dishwasher, as to it doing this.

You'd think any company that makes the soap would see to it that it works, in test labs or otherwise. Seems most odd a soap company specializing in soap, as that is all some of these companies do, is not even be able to make soap right. Doesn't it?, from a pure common sense reasoning?

For example, maybe there is inadequate pumping action, or sprayer arm action, or the dispenser door is not flipping open right, or the people have cold water and not hot water - or something.

I'm the kind of person, that if I find out that some company cannot make some product right (especially something basic), they hear an earful from me.
 
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Old 09-08-09, 07:51 AM
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Cleaned out the area in the bottom of the washer. Did not need to disassemble. Working again like a champ. Thanks!
That is great news. Sometimes things are simple. Refrigerator malfunctions are good for this where often it, is not the compressor or freon.
 
 

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