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Will not clean dishes on the upper rack

The unit will not clean on the upper rack. Water is hot. top spray (attached to the top of the machine) does not rotate when in use. Spray under the upper rack rotates during use. Could there be water leakage between the vertical manifold that delivers water to the upper rack spray resulting in low pressure to the upper sprays?

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Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side), in which case replace the water valve.

If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).

There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher. Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray arm.



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