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Dishwasher We have a Kenmore Dishwasher that is about 7 years old.. it will not drain anymore. We have pulled the dishwasher apart and cleared any debris we could see, we also checked the hose for blockages... any other suggestions? What can we do?

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Check that the pump spins freely.

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