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Grinding noise from my GE Quiet Power 1 dishwasher

I recently moved into a 2 y.o. previously owned home. The dishwasher is a GE Quiet Power 1 model. After being in the home for 2 months, the dishwasher suddenly started making a low hum/grinding type noise. It's not continuous, happening intermittently regardless of where it is in the wash cycle. Also, when it occurs, it oscillates - grrr, grr, grr, etc. rather than a continuous grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... Thought it might have something to do with the ''bearings'' in the spray bar???

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  • CHARLIE MAULDIN Dec 01, 2008

    The owner's manual and online diagrams don't give a clear description of how the washer arm is attached, so I tugged on it trying to see how to detach it to clean possible residue. I wasn't successful (yet) in safely detaching it. However, just the action of torqueing the arm must have had some effect. The noise stopped and hasn't been heard in several subsequent usses. I really appreciate the rapid response to my question and think it has me on the right track. If you can point me toward instructions for removing the washer arm, that would be great. Thanks very much for the ideas.

  • mrdrfreeze Dec 06, 2008

    Yes mine makes the noise had the thing apart two times cant find the problem.

  • Pastorjdh Apr 15, 2009

    Same problem here! No solution yet

  • ward2006 Apr 19, 2009

    same dishwasher house 2 yrs old and neither washer arm works any ideas on the problem?

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Solution #2 by user dwdamron is accurate. I checked the docking nozzle and sure enough the o-ring was gone. replaced the upper wash supply tube with new o-ring and problem was fixed.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

  • marshymay Apr 03, 2010

    I have also found that a rubber band stretched around the nozzle and doubled up a few times is a really cheap fix!

  • arkrube Jan 06, 2011

    AWESOME! Nice troubleshooting and fix....I, too, folded/doubled a simple rubber band around the "male" part in lieu of an o-ring...worked like a champ! THANKS!

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The sound is almost always caused by a worn docking cone “O” ring on the main conduit. When the docking cone “O” ring wears, the mid level spray arm conduit is no longer constrained and it can vibrate against the docking cone, making the “growling” or vibrating sound. The recommended repair for this problem is to replace the titanium or gray docking cone.

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Some scale buildup within the mid level cone and the conduit it docks with removed but I did not see an o-ring. After reviewing a parts list it doesn't appear that there is an o-ring available. After scraping the buildup off both pieces I used a rubber band on the conduit piece and it seems to have solved it at the moment. I did notice a bushing available for each sprayer (top, middle, and bottom). Very low cost parts so I will add those pieces as well as try to find an o-ring to place on the conduit.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010

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Might have also something to do with limescale build-up in the washer arm itself.
Makes ballance off and can creat the noise. If it is clean you might check the filter and pump for any dirt build-up

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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I also had success with replacing the O-Ring. I took the hang clip off of the top drawer, then I removed the tube that leads to the spray armature. (first remove the spray armature screw in the center). Then I slid the O-Ring from the other end so it fit snugly on the flange. Perfect fit and no more rumbling noise! Thank you all for this simple solution...

Posted on Sep 09, 2012

  • DGS Sep 10, 2012

    any chance you could send a picture of the O ring you replaced? many thanks!

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I tried new o rings but that didn't fix it on mine. What fixed it was cleaning out some egg shell debris that were completely plugging/clogging one of the spray arm holes/nozzles.

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It's the O-Ring!!!

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