My GE dishwasher isn't working right. It turns on, I can hear the motor running, it fills with water, but then it just sits in the bottom. The heating element is working, because it smells really hot. Is there anything simple I can do to fix this?
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Hello, How long has your dishwasher been do this? Have you washed dish's in
it? Also, these German made dishwasher run on less than 2 1/2 gallons of
water. These German manufactured dishwasher machines run really quite. Because
of the German water conservancies laws. They limit the amount of water
dishwasher and washing machine can use. Also, there is no storage hot water
system in there homes, it on demand hot water. You can't hear the motor running
and about the only thing one can hear is maybe the water washing the dishes.
Now, the water at the bottom of the dishwasher, if the drain isn't connected
up under is the sink drain and trap area or the garbage disposable in the sink.
but some place lower on the drain pipe. You will not have a spiffing effect on
the the bottom of the dishwasher, it the same with washing machines. One the
discharge pump starts sucking air, it will not drain the dishwasher. The siffen
effect works if the water is below the outlet for the drain. Example: Home owner
have the new washing running and continue fill with water. Why, because the
drain pipe end is below the the bottom of the washing machine tub. It fill up
with water and siffen action continues emptying the tube will it still filling.
One heck of a water bill.
If you turn it on and hear a slight hum after water fill the motor is locked from non use. You will need to remove bottom panel and with power off you will see the motor right in the middle near the front. This is called a side winder motor because of how it sits. There are some blades you can turn to unlock the motor. Once the motor breaks loose which you will be able to tell when it does, turn power back on and let run thru complete cycle with heat dry in the off position. GE are about the only ones out there that will do this and it is usually from lack of use. Hope this helps.
Make sure you get water to the
dishwasher. Check to see if the water shut-off valve (located under the
sink) is open. If you get water to the dishwasher, but there is still
no water inside during the fill cycle, the problem might be with a
faulty water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the
kick panel, on either side), in which case replace the water valve.
f code is a fill fault problem to much or to little water to determine the problem is to hit cancel drain buttons on the front of the machine and wait for cl on the display turn off machine and wait 30 seconds turn back on and the first thing you will hear is the drain motor turn on for 15 sec then you should hear the water filling into the machine if you dont hear water filing then check to see if the valve under the sink is open to allow water to fill machine
When you use your dishwasher so infrequently the water inside evaporates and allows the pump seal to dry out, so there is no longer the lubricating water there. You may be able to solve this by pouring a couple cups of hot (not bioling) water directly into the center of the lower wash arm (center spray tower) and letting it sit for several minutes.
If that does not work, you can take the bottom panel off and turn the fan blade on the motor by hand until if turns freely. (don't do this with power to the motor or you may have some nasty banged up fingers !)
To prevent this from happening in the future, keep some water in the dishwasher by poring a bit in every now and then, or by running a fill and pump cycle at least once a week or so. If you are away for extended periods, you can try adding RV antifreeze to the dishwasher while away.
Check the faucet first, turn off the faucet, disconnect the dishwasher copper hose, re-open the faucet and check you faucet see if there is water come out, sometimes there is a small stone or sand block the faucet. Good luck, hope this can help, if not we check the others.
Most washers do not fill they spray the dishes. When enough water has accumulated in the bottom a float switch shuts off the water and turns on the pump to remove the water. If the pump motor does not remove the water the cycle will not continue but the timer will. There may be something clogging the pump and resulting in an overload condition for the motor. This would account for the smell. A pump may turn freely when you spin it by hand because you cannot spin it fast enough by hand to determine if the pump is obstructed. Does the cycle drain the water? If the cycle stops and there is water in the bottom not being pumped out then you should look at the pump and the motor to determine problem.