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Noisy dishwasher My dishwasher is about 2 years old and about 98% of the time it makes a very loud growl/rumbling noise in the wash and rinse cycles. I have checked to make sure that it is not clogged and open the door during the cycle but can't pinpoint where the noise is coming from. Sometimes it runs with no noise but that is not usually the case. Any thoughts?

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  • mr joe Nov 18, 2007

    you are a genius...we've been suffering with the same noise for about a year and have worked on everything but this (i've leveled it 3 xs hoping to fix the problem. seems GE would have been able to fix..or at least pass on a product alert. thanx for the good help

  • alex2007 Nov 28, 2007

    I seem to have the same problem with my dishwasher making loud humming noise during some cycles of the wash, and i was able to somewhat fix the problem by putting a rubber band on one of the segment of the middle sprayer. Can somebody elaborate on the technique to secure the middle piece? i still don't understand what Vish2 meant by tying with the tying wrap "front and back" to the upper basket. if you tie to the top segment of the middle sprayer, wouldn't that impede certain rotating motion of the top nozzle?

  • drummer_roy Dec 26, 2007

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    I had the same low growl/grinding noise problem with a GE PDW7880J10SS dishwasher bought in July 2006. I doubled-wrapped a rubber band (as suggested, I think) on one side of the middle spary arm and presto the noise stopped. I see that it was (also) suggested to tie up the water supply tube more directly to the upper rack. I may try that, too.



    Finally, I may try to find a thin nylon washer to shim the wobbly spray arm single screw attachment point around which the arm rotates to see if that will work as well.



    Thanks to all for their insight and creative problem solving.


  • jacksonhole Dec 28, 2007

    Loud grinding noise during the wash cycle its a whirlpool dul300 model the noise just started and hasn't stopped,any help?

  • pj md Jan 12, 2008

    Wow, Vish2 is da man! After dealing with this issue for over a year, I was planning to surprise my wife by having a plumber come "fix" our dishwasher while she was out of town next week. On a whim, I googled "rumbling dishwasher" and got here. less than 5 minutes and one tie-wrap later, our dishwasher is quiet and good as new. Awesome!

  • karenlinda69 Mar 24, 2008

    GE Max making a loud rumbling noise, argh!!

  • clairsginga Apr 11, 2008

    GE dishwasher that makes a terrible grinding noise when running. So loud that I can't hear the tv, when sitting in the next room, if the dishwasher is running. Have started to run it at bedtime, but just read about GE dishwashers overheating, and don't want to worry about it catching the house on fire. One repair man told me I was using too much detergent, and the pump was having trouble getting water out of the machine because of the suds. I cut way back on amout and now have started using the new gel packs, but it hasn't made any difference.

  • mineshn May 31, 2008

    my dishwasher also too noisy.i callone technician and he suggest to but new dishwasher as noisy is due to old motor.and motor price is about $ 300. Now i am thinking to buy new one and send old dishwasher to garbage.

  • macmary10 Sep 24, 2008

    My Kenmore dishwasher that is a little over a year old is very noisy while washing and rinsing ( I think) the dishes. I tried a dishwasher cleaner and I am very careful about the amount of liquid dishwasher soap I use. It has gotten progressively worse.

  • arcticcircle Oct 30, 2008

    my dishwasher has run very well for 2 years, but suddenly it makes a very loud noise, as it is on the verge to break down. Why is this happening? What to do? I do mnot dare to run it.

  • quilterkat Nov 09, 2008

    My Kenmore UltraWash Quietguard 3 is definitely NOT quiet any more. The last time I ran the dishwasher it was a lot noisier than usual, and now it's so loud I can hear it across the house. No more setting it to run in the middle of the night--it would keep the whole house awake!

  • ortizpark Nov 11, 2008

    My maytag makes a lot of noise. It was fine for over 3 years. Suddenly, out of nowhere, it sounds like a freight train.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2009

    This all too familiar. I have a GE that was barely a year old when it started making the grinding noise. It started out sporadic, but is fairly consistent now.

  • addermom Jan 01, 2009

    This piece of **** makes a loud grinding noise. Then nothing! Does not seem to go through the cycles and leaves water in the bottom. (pump or moter. or both.

  • jharris1962 Jan 03, 2009

    My dishwasher is about 4 years old and it makes a very loud growl/rumbling noise in the wash and rinse cycles. I have checked to make sure that it is not clogged and open the door during the cycle but can't pinpoint where the noise is coming from. Any thoughts?

  • azcosta04 Apr 19, 2009

    Had the same rumbling noise on my GE Triton dishwasher. Rubber band wrapped around one side of the middle rotating sprayer arm and a tie wrap securing the tube to the bottom of the upper basket and the noise is gone. Brilliant solution for whoever thought of it. I am sure some day the spray arms will need replacing......Not today though

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    MIne rumbles most of the time it is running. It's about 4 years old.

  • Dee Kolmer Oct 15, 2012

    Same issue for me w/ GE dishwasher. Repairman told me it was a $450 fix! Followed the lead of some posts here. Used 2 zip-ties, front & back,on the plastic pipe under the top rack. My clasp was cracked. Also used a 5/8" O ring at the back of the unit where the water enters to prevent vibrations. Also removed the lower spray arms, pored in a cup vinegar & let it sit for 1 hr, then added 1 cup boiling water & let it sit another hour.Works better than ever,quiet & no hard water spots.

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This is a known issue for GE dishwashers and may be similar for other models too.  The fix is simple.  The noise is due to vibration of the arm for the middle sprayer.  Just secure it with a tie wrap or wire and the noise should be gone.

Refer to the following link for my earlier response to a similar issue which fixed the problem.

http://www.fixya.com/support/t204050-ge_adorda_dishwasher

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  • heavenleeleo Feb 06, 2011

    Zip tie WORKED! You want to to connect the straight arm under the top basket to the basket in the back. I was a bit confused from the direction s above so I wanted to clear it up some. I am a woman and try to fix stuff all of the time, I succeed 98% of the time :) Also, make sure not to tighten it to much, this will cause a popping noise when the rack is pulled out. Took me a couple of times to get it perfect. Ahh, nice and quiet, no more growling noise.

    Still shocked that it was such an EASY fix!!!

    THANKS VISH2!!

  • Bud Wyser Mar 03, 2011

    Can't believe I listened to that growl for so long. One zip tie to secure the arm of the middle sprayer to the bottom of the glasses rack and its quiet again! Vish2 Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    theroxelders Feb 14, 2012

    Try the 5/8" o-ring, this is the problem with most of these dishwashers. very simple. securing the female pipe on the top rack is NOT the solution, only a remedy. The O-Ring on the male end is the key. Unfortunately GE doesnt tell you that because they want you to buy the whole Main Conduit costing you $40.00 instead of .99 cents.

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    theroxelders Feb 14, 2012

    Try the 5/8" o-ring, this is the problem with most of these dishwashers. very simple. securing the female pipe on the top rack with a zip tie is NOT the solution, only a temporary remedy. The O-Ring on the male end is the key. Unfortunately GE doesn't tell you that because they want you to buy the whole Main Conduit costing you $40.00 instead of .99 cents.

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    falstaff_20 Dec 21, 2012

    Checked out my machine, lo and behold groove with no O ring. Thanks for the easy and cheap fix to this extremely annoying problem!

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Yes, the issue was the middle spray arm. However, if you secure the arm, then you lose cleaning power on your glasses.

The true issue is having enough pressure to spin the arm.

1. Remove the arm and clean the ports.

2. Most important: Find the spot at the back of the washer where the male pipe meets the female flange. Wrap a rubber band around the male pipe which acts as a gasket and keeps more water pressure going to the arm.

Problem solved and no loss of cleaning ability.

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Wow! I've been suffering with this growling/rumbling noise problem for 2-3 yrs with a 5 yr old GE dishwasher. As I was following the advice with the tie-wrap idea, I noticed that the little plastic clip that holds the spray arm tube (not the rotating part) to the underside of the upper basket was broken. I'd never noticed that before. I put a couple of tie wraps around the spray arm tube and through this clip to re-secure it and wala - no more noise! I did put the rubber band on one end of the rotating piece just for good measure, but I'm not sure it was ncessary to stop the noise.

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SOLVED! I tried the rubber band thing, but it didn't make a difference, but upon closer inspection of the hose that supplies water to the middle sprayer, I noticed that the little clip that is suppose to keep that tight and out of the way was broken and the middle sprayer must have been brushing that and making the growling noise. I used a twist tie to fasten it in place and voila! no more noise. I have a 2 yr old GE.

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  • fixedinidaho Aug 30, 2010

    Bingo! I noticed the clip at the back of the top rack that holds the middle sprayer tight was broken. An old wire wrapper (like a bread wrapper) fixed the problem - and no more growling / grinding noise.

    Thanks Adason!

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On my GE, the tube that carries water to the middle sprayer was loose. I used stainless wire and secured it to the basket. No more vibration.

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I have a GE Triton with the same growling problem and here is my fix. My middle spray arm was the noise maker, though all spray arms have a lot of play the middle arm seemed to cause the growling problem. The growling sound is coming from the spray arm vibrating side to side while spinning. There are 2 fixes that I did, 1) the tube running from the back of the machine under the basket I tye wrapped to the basket this stopped the tube from flopping against the basket, it was secure but still had to much play, 2) I unscrewed the nylon screw / stainless washer that the spray arm is held in place and took a flat file to the area where the spray arm is attached. This area is nylon also so when filing the area down make sure not to file more away than is needed. Doing this will take out the play thus will stop the vibration. I filed a little then re assembled for fit, I did this several times to get the proper fit. Take note to use a wide flat file and file flat and not to any one side if so you will "screwup". The worse thing you will have to do is buy another attachment for the spray arm under the basket. I have aprox. 05 play in the arm, take in consideration that the washer is hot while operating and all parts tend to expand so don't file off more than you think will hurt the arm while in operation. gk

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Try pressing the upper rack firmly against the back of the dishwasher before starting the cycle, if you have growling after starting your wash cycle just open and push the top rack back and restart. Thank you everyone for showing me where to look!

I read a few posts and looked at the back of the dishwasher where the male pipe meets the female flange. I watched the movement as the two parts met and I learned that the two must be pressed firmly together. This is accomplished by simply pushing the upper basket firmly against the back of the dishwasher. Close the door and listen... silence, the growling is no more.

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I have an 18 month old GE GLD5900 N00BB dishwasher that was making a loud grinding noise that was really caused by vibration, only on the discharge cycle. This washer has a separate pump for draining.
I took off the lower front cover (after making sure the filter was clear, and it was actually draining) and found that the copper water supply tubing was in such a position as to vibrate against the floor and against it self where the loop crossed. You can't fix this entirely by pulling the unit out, because you do not have total control as to where the tubing will end up when you push the unit back into place.

Try to avoid the temptation of using brute force to bend the tubing into a new position, because you risk snapping the plastic valve where the water supply connects to the unit.

I got some rubber fuel line from the garage (foam pipe insulation, or some other dense rubber should work with duct tape). I cut the fuel line (hose) into 4" lengths, **** them length wise with a razor, and fitted the rubber pieces around the copper tubing anywhere the tubing was touching (or close to) the floor, or anything else.

This corrected 90% of my noise problem. To my surprise, I determined that the remaining noise was actually coming from under my kitchen sink. The plastic discharge hose was properly secured to the back of the cabinet, but it still vibrated against the back of the cabinet when the discharge pump kicked in. This is so easy to check by opening the door below your sink during this cycle and see for yourself before trying everything else. There are many ways to keep this from vibrating against the cabinet, I leave that to you. You could use a very large rubber band around the sink drain pipe to pull it slightly away from the cabinet, but leave the clamp securing the discharge hose in place because it needs to be high up to create an air/vapor barrier, similar to what the drain trap does for the sink.

I am now back into "whisper clean" mode. Good luck.

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Check the tube on the back of the dishwasher that feeds water to the middle spray arm. If you see a groove but no o-ring, trying putting a 5/8" ID o-ring on there and see if that gets rid of the noise. I installed that on a dishwasher over the weekend and not only is it quiet again but it also seems to be doing a better job of cleaning the dishes.

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ZIp tie solved it for me also

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I secured the middle spray arm as suggested with two plastic cable ties -- problem solved. Thanks to ALL for the advice. This thing has really been annoying! BTW - great web site.

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GEEZ! We have been listening to that noise for two plus years. Looked at the male end of the middle sprayer and the 5/8 O-Ring was GONE. Thank you.

By the way we asked a repair man, who was here repairing our washing machine, and he looked at us with dumb look on his face. He had no idea what was wrong. Or DID HE?

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Had the same issue but with a non GE appliance. Turned out it was the 3 POPCORN KERNELS!!!! The were stuck in the motor spinner thing. I've just removed them and done a test run. Fixed. Now I can run the dishwasher overnight without waking the dead. :-)

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Zip tie works, o-ring not a bad idea either. Thanks!

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Im confused bc i dont know what you mean by the middle spray and tying it to the upper basket? can someone give a more detailed explanation for me?

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Check the air gap (in the sink) isn't blocked. mine was making an almighty noise, and wasn't emptying. I called someone out to check it, and they spent less than 3 minutes to unclog the air gap!!!

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I also have a GE Profile model GLD4260L00SS POS growling problem. Thanks to your fixes I can now run our dishwasher and hear the TV. The clip on the tube that secures to the upper rack of the dishwasher was broke. I used a zip tie to secure the tube to the upper rack.

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  • tedcol Nov 16, 2010

    thanks alot! the wire tie worked. I also made a rubber washer to tighten the washarm on its shaft, NO MORE NOISE. The wife is impressed.

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