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Ge dishwasher hums but will not work. is a 1999 model,,seldom use

Maybe uses 6 times a year. Water valve is on.

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  • escamry Nov 16, 2008

    Please help. Basically use at holidays. so practically new

  • escamry Nov 16, 2008

    thank u for your help. It still won't run, but will try it again.

  • escamry Nov 16, 2008

    No i didn't do that, not sure I can, I see the pump motor (black round), but couldn't get to the blade part. Will I have to remove something??? Again Thanks for your help

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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.

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    Carl Schulzetenberg Nov 16, 2008

    Did you try turning the fan blade of the pump motor? It may turn hard at first. Make sure to do at least a full revolution.

  • Carl Schulzetenberg
    Carl Schulzetenberg Nov 17, 2008

    blade part is toward the pump side, away from the wires. will not have to remove anything further than you already have.

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