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Junk inside spray arms stopping them up.

Hello all. This dishwasher (Maytag MDB6800AWW) is the victim of hard water and constant use. I need to know how to stop junk from getting into both spray arms (pieces of food, plastic, etc..)

Also, need a service manual for this where I can get some part numbers (the plastic seals that go in the bottom have broken (that could be part of the problem), and the clip that attaches the top sprayer arm.

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Every once in a while, run it with powdered lemonade inside. It'll cut down on your lime deposits. It works. Just dump it inside. No need to put it in the resevoir

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