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Water fills bottom of washer but doesn't get sprayed around

I haven't used the dw for about 6 months. now when i start it, the water gets pumped in, i hear all the "normal running noises" but when i open the door (sever seconds later) there is no water in it. no water is being sprayed from the top or bottom sprayers. when i hit cancel/drain the water gets drained out.

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    The pump seems to be running fine and it looks like the normal amount of water in the washer, but dishes aren't getting clean and if you open the door while it is running, you can see that there is barely any water coming out of the spray arms.

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This is the problem with these units, you have to pull it out to get to anything.when they work they are nice but when they break they are a pain in the a---- you get my idea

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You must have been eating out for a long time now. 6 months with no use will cause the wash pump to seize up and not spray water. if you can get to the motor and try to turn it by hand and that may get the shaft freed up and allow it to turn again.
the biggest problem is to get to the motor you will have to remove the unit from your cabinet and then you can reach the motor.
once you can get to the motor turn the shaft and then hook it back up.
this is the problem with these units, you have to pull it out to get to anything.
when they work they are nice but when they break they are a pain in the a---- you get my idea!!

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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