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Dishwasher not cleaning dishes; water not coming out of top spray arm

*We Have disassembled the strainer below the bottom spray arm, but there was hardly anything to remove *poked at the holes in the top spray arm (in case they were clogged) *Used CLR to remove poss. calcium..build up (use hard water) *checked to make sure water hot enough & it does fill up to coil *top spray arm not working (dishes on top wrack were only slightly moist; from steam & arm was not wet underneath) *dishes at first were not cleaning only top rack, but now does not clean bottom rack either Have NOT: done anything with inlet valve & screen (does not make any hammering sounds to indicate it is starting to fail)--would this be the next step or what else would any one suggest we try WE are not experts, so, step by step instructions or where to find step by step instructions are appreciated. Thanks in advance...I will send feedback about what helps.

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  • Marianne Jan 30, 2013

    I was the person whose Whirlpool Quiet Partner III dishwasher was not cleaning the dishes.

  • Marianne Jan 30, 2013

    I got it working tonight!!! It turns out I needed to clean the part below the lower arm. It had stuff (Ie: paper bits, screw, caked on dish detergent (no more cheap dry detergent for me)inside. Remove lower spray arm and rear water supply tube to upper spray arm. Remove torx screws that secure the sump cover. Remove the rounded cover on the left side to expose the

  • Marianne Jan 30, 2013

    the chopper assembly. Inspect for breakage of blockage. There is an additional plastic screen to remove first.

  • Marianne Jan 30, 2013

    C-the post dated June 8, 2008 from Reg 501 (great help). Since I am a novice I also must credit the a

  • Marianne Jan 30, 2013

    awesome mom who posted her video with step by step detail on how to clean it. She is referred to as "Sharp Mimi" and her video on youtube is Repair Whirlpool Quiet Partner I Dishwasher for cleaner dishes--maintenance. I feel so humbled and thankful Mimi and Reg501 for their detailed advice. I could not have done it without them. (Sorry, about the choppy response). Evidently I am still a bit computer challenged, but I will continue to strive for better on this as well. Take Care.

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You are right to go to the inlet filters. If they are clogged you would lose pressure, but not that much...The pressure pump is probably not outputting any longer. Locate it and see if it is moving freely.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

  • Marianne Jan 14, 2013

    Thank you. How do I access and check the pressure pump?

  • Leigh Perlmutter
    Leigh Perlmutter Jan 15, 2013

    Well, if you located the clean out screens, the pump is behind one of the lower panels that you need to access behind the back panel of the machine.

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SOURCE: water not spraying hard enough

Could be a a couple different issues.. Not filling with enough water or food chopper broke or food chopper filter screen clogged.

Check water level:
Run the DW and wait for the main wash to start (water will fill. pause then complete fill) The water should be no more than 1/4 inch below the heating element. If not there..replace water inlet valve.

Inspect food chopper:
Remove lower spray arm and rear water supply tube to upper spray arm. Remove torx screws that secure the sump cover. Remove the rounded cover on the left side to expose the chopper assembly. Inspect for breakage of blockage. There may be an additional plastic screen to remove first.

Posted on Jun 08, 2008

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SOURCE: kenmore dishwasher

Check the motor pump housing for an obstruction on the impellor. Impellors can go bad and not actually churn the water around the way they are supposed to.

Posted on Jul 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Kitchenaid, new dishwasher, stopped cleaning top rack dishes

The problem most people encounter with dishwashers is a simple inability to get the dishes clean. There might be stuck-on food or residue from the detergent. A water pressure problem may be the culprit. You may need to replace the water intake valve. Another common problem is mineral build-up. If your house has hard water, the mineral build-up can clog the water jets. Clear each jet with a wire or pin, and run an empty load with some vinegar in the detergent dispenser about once a month.

Sometimes, the dishwasher has problems draining properly. There could be a clog in the drain hose, or a problem with the pump. It's also possible that the dishwater is getting too sudsy, and sensors in the washer aren't detecting the soap foam as water. This causes it to shut down the drain cycle too early. Just use less detergent.

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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SOURCE: calcium build up

Here is the manual in PDF
http://www.retrevo.com/support/Frigidaire-FDB510LC-Dishwashers-manual/id/1060bh934/t/2/

For the calcium,you can try TANG drink mix.
There also is a product called Restore 4, but it has a lot of fumes. It removes deposits. Get this at a home store, or online.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Dishes all cloudy and spotty. Maytag Intellisense

The problem is hard water. Go to www.dishwasherfilter.com. They have a new product out that solves this problem once and for all. It filters the water entering your dishwasher and removes the hard minerals that cause these spots. Very affordable and guaranteed to leave your dishes looking amazing every time.

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