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  • MeGotProblem Mar 31, 2009


    Dishwasher doesn't do a good job anymore. Lots of food particles still on the dishes. Purchased 7-2003 and is now 3-2009. We've got a Maytag QuietSeries 200.

    In our case, the output of the dishwasher goes into a black tube which then goes into the under-sink area and ***UP*** to the sink's garbage disposal. This alone has me pretty concerned, since some pump needs to be strong enough to move all that water and gunk up to the disposal, and I suppose there's also a chance that **** from the disposal can go down this tube and into the dishwasher. Or that stuff just sort of lingers in the tube and mostly its just the water that makes it through.

    I never went to plumbing school, but I'm thinking the right way for this device to work is to flush straight down like a toilet, not to try and push stuff all over the place against the way gravity wants it to move.

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If your machine has the collapsible tower in the center of the bottom spray arm, it may not be operating properly. While the machine is running, quickly open the door to determine if the tower has popped up. (You might see it collapsing when door first opens.) If it pops up, it may not be sitting straight, which means the water is then not shooting up to the funnel of the arm located under the upper rack. (Your upper dishes will certainly not be cleaned well if this is the case, even if there is enough water to wet them.) Now open the door after running the machine 15 seconds to determine if the arms are moving. If upper arm is not rotating, you can be sure there is not sufficient water feeding into it. If the lower arm is also not moving, you likely don't have enough water in the machine to begin with. After about 5 yrs, the hot water can expand something inside the water intake valve (a washer?) which then blocks the flow of water. This was our problem and was very easily replaced.

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