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Diswasher not rinsing properly

My dishwasher has previously rinsed fine. Now whenever I run the dishwasher the soap doesn't all come out of the soap compartment. If I use powder detergent it mostly just gets wet and sticks in the compartment or what does dump out sticks to the dishes. If I use liquid detergent it just runs out and sticks to the door and in the detergent compartment. The soap dispenser is opening though. The upper arm doesn't seem to be rotating, but the lower one does. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Re: diswasher not rinsing properly

You may have a clogged wash pump, resulting in low water pressure. This may not be enough to drive both spray arms at the same time. This can also be causing the problem with your detergents not being distributed properly. An easy way to tell if you have good water pressure is to open the door slightly while its in mid cycle. Look for a good strong spraying action from both spray arms. If you're not getting enough water, and you've already checked your supply hose coming in, then suspect you might have an obstruction somewhere. Most cleaning problems can be attributed to something as simple as food particles stuck in the vicinity of the wash pump inlet. You will have to remove the lower spray arm and coarse screen to get to it, however. Rule of thumb: If you still have to chew it, then it shouldn't go through the dishwasher. Scrape your plates of food particles, yes. But, don't put things like meat scraps, popcorn kernels, chicken bones, orange or lemon seeds, beans (the skins can clog the drain screen), etc. This does not mean you have to pre-wash BEFORE you wash. Most dishwasher detergents require the oils in foods to help activate the cleaning agents. One more thing: City water - stick with liquids or gels. Well water - stick with powders. Now, if all else fails ad you've checked the inlet to the pump and it's clear, you may have a bad drive motor and pump. Go with the cheaper solution, first. I hope this helps you. Let me know if I can help you any further.

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