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My top wash arm does not spay water. Not enough water pressure.

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You need a new wash motor, the impeller is stripped.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

  • JJ Sep 24, 2011

    I had a similar problem and was able to fix it. Sort of a nonstandard approach, but it worked, and I did not need a repair man or any parts. Here is what I did at the advice of a friend who is also a handy man: I ran a few cycles with no dishes with CLR and Lime Away in the detergent and rinse aid compartments. Then I did one with Drano in the detergent compartment. Then I ran a couple cycles with just water to rinse it all out, and NOW IT WORKS! The top sprayer arm spins again, not all the time, but apparently when it is supposed to. And more importantly, the dishes are clean again! I noticed there had been some whitish grayish deposits on the heating element, and those are now gone. I think because of the Lime Away and CLR. After the Drano cycle, I noticed there were food particles that had splashed into the sink since my dishwasher drains into the disposal, as I am guessing most modern homes in the US do now. Anyway, before you buy any parts or call a repair man, I would give chemicals a shot!

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