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My Whirlpool Gold Series 980 dishwater no longer fills up with enough water to drive the washing arms, so the dishes do not come out clean. I cleaned the filter on the water intake valve (which was really clogged) and it still did the same thing. Replaced the inlet valve and still no change. The water does not reach the level of the overfill float switch, so that’s not it. Its been working fine for 4-5 years, what else could it be? Thank you.

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  • cheeky13 Nov 19, 2008

    The problem still presists. I tested further by manually adding about 1 1/2 gallons of water after the automatic filling stopped and it seems to work just fine. Is there a timer switch that can be adjusted that will allow the basin to fill to a higher level?

  • cheeky13 Nov 22, 2008

    The water is getting in without a problem. The input valve has been replaced. Replacing the entire unit does not seem like the correct answer, as it works perfectly if I manually add about another gallon of water. What controls the fill level? Is it simply a timer that can be adjusted?

  • cheeky13 Nov 22, 2008

    So it turns out that there are two filters. I initially cleaned the one in front of the water intake valve. When I started pulling apart the plumbing lines, I found another filter screen that was also clogged between the copper pipe and the connector. Cleaned that out and it worked fine.
    To answer my other question, the water fill is simply a timed fill. There is no adjustment for that.

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Test and eventually replace the water level switch, even if the water is not reaching the sensor, the switch connected to the sensor is probably defective and stop the flow on its own.

The water level switch is the device that stop filling, therefore that is the cause, even if its floating sensor is fine.

In sporadic occasions you can also have same problem caused by a faulty control assembly.

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Check the pipe going from the valve to the hot water pipe under the sink.if it is a rubber hose it could be kinked or blocked. check the valve under your sink, if you had build up in the fill valve then you may have a blockage at you valve under the sink.

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Check the water pressure, check the hoses that connect to the washer allowing water to gain through, they may be clogged, check all valves and filters, or it just might be time to replace the washer, they dont last any longer tn 4 to 5 years, and if they do after that they tend to wear out. so its best to update every 5 years to avoid water leaks and so on.

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The reason for this is classic limescale build up clogging the jets and moving parts, get some limescale remover and add it to the washer cycle, you may have to repeat the process a couple of time to get rid of it all

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 There are some good commercial products to clean water scale and calcium from the inside of your dishwasher...one is Rover , from Maytag.
For a dishwasher liner that is just looking "tired"....pouring in some crystal tang ( yes the drink )...run the dishwasher through a short cycle...the tang will freshen up the smell of your dishwasher and also help clean it out.

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    Do I really have to run the water in the sink before starting a cycle?

    Yes. Dishwashers work best with very hot water. Letting the water at the sink run for a few moments (until it's hot) before turning on the dishwasher brings hot water to the dishwasher faster. 



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    If there's no water entering your dishwasher, check these:

    Water-inlet valve
    Float switch



    Water-inlet valve

    The water-inlet valve lets water enter the machine. If this valve is defective, you need to completely replace it. It's usually located behind the lower access panel on the left or right side. It's the device with the main water line (usually copper) from the house, a rubber tube to the dishwasher, and two wires attached to it.




    Float switch

    The float switch is a small electrical switch that's located right below the dishwasher "floor." Above the switch, on the inside of the dishwasher, is a plastic cylinder that floats up as water fills the dishwasher. If this switch is defective, or if the plastic float gets caught or trapped in the raised position, the water can't enter the dishwasher. If the float switch is defective, you need to replace it.



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    he water doesn't drain from the machine

    If the water doesn't drain from your dishwasher, check these:

    Drain line/air gap
    Pump
    Drain valve and/or solenoid
    Belt
    Motor
    Timer



    Drain line/air gap

    A clog in the drain line or air gap (if there is one) is the usual reason that a dishwasher won't drain. Often the problem is at the point where the drain line attaches to the garbage disposer or household drain line. If you remove this line, you can clear any debris from the hose or hose connection. Be sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher again.




    Pump

    Your dishwasher pump ejects the water. The pump is usually mounted directly to the motor, then attached to the bottom of the dishwasher. You can reach the pump from inside the dishwasher, but first you need to remove the lower rack, the spray arm, and the spray arm support. 

    Look for an impeller--a round plastic fan blade-type of device that spins around. This is the wash impeller, which forces the water through the spray arm. Beneath the wash impeller is the drain impeller, which is similar in size and shape to the wash impeller. The drain impeller pushes the water toward the drain port. These components make up the pump. If any of the pump components are defective, you need to replace them.




    Drain valve and/or solenoid

    Many dishwashers use a drain valve with an electric solenoid. When electricity flows to the solenoid, the valve opens and diverts the water to the drain. Sometimes the solenoid, or the diverting lever, sticks and prevents the dishwasher from draining or filling properly. Try to free up the solenoid to lubricate the lever. Otherwise, you may have to replace the solenoid or pump assembly. With these systems, the motor always rotates in one direction. When it's energized, the drain valve diverts the water. 

    Other dishwashers simply reverse the direction of the motor to drain the dishwasher. These units don't have a drain valve. Instead, there's a drain hose connected directly to the pump housing.




    Belt

    One brand of dishwasher uses a belt to drive the pump. If this belt is broken or has fallen off, replace it.




    Motor

    If the motor isn't turning or working, the unit won't drain. First check to be sure you have power to the dishwasher. If not, see the section "It doesn't work at all." If the motor hums but doesn't turn, it may need to be replaced. 

    Some dishwashers are susceptible to getting stuck if you don't run them regularly. If you haven't run the dishwasher for more than a week, you may need to manually spin the motor to free it up. If the motor is defective, you need to replace it. Dishwasher motors can't be serviced.




    Timer

    Part of what the timer does is control the motor and drain valve. If the timer doesn't work properly, the water may not drain and you need to replace the timer. This problem is uncommon.



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