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GE nautilus wont run

When you turn it on, just hums. I pulled bottom pannel and when I turn it on I can see the motor jump. Trys to turn but only moves a half inch or so and hums. Pulled the thre screws holding the motor on {oh and it wont pull out) and by turning the housing it rotates freely. The problem seems to be behind that... in the pump? I pulled the top screen off and can feel the little propeller/pump thing. Nothing seems to be jamed in there. I can turn it some... slow only so far. Is it maybe an o ring or seal sticking? How do I unstick it???? Thanks in advance!

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  • Dirty dish Nov 15, 2007

    Thanks. I ended up taking the the end apart, pretty easy actually when I looked at it a little closer. Rinsed it out and put it back together and it spun free. Have done two loads of dishes problem free.


  • cooldil Nov 26, 2007

    5 yr old GE Nautilus dishwasher won't run. I did the following:
    1) Loaded dishes
    2) Put dishwasher liquid
    3) Selected Normal Wash cycle
    4) Turned the knob to "Start"

    I could hear water filling up in the dishwasher. Once that is complete, the dishwasher doesn't run, though the dial keeps ticking away.

    I bought the house with this dishwasher only 2 weeks ago, and am trying to see if it has any problem. Any assistance is appreciated.

  • fwh202 Mar 17, 2008

    I had the same problem. As the solution states, use a couple screwdrivers to turn the fan. After a few tries (you'll posibly feel like you're breaking it... but hey, it's already broken, right) the fan rotates and the motor works.

    So far, so good. Only done one load of dishes, but this seems to work and has at least delayed a more costly repair or replacement.

    btw, our dishwasher is 5 yrs old.


  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    I have the same problem, but I'm getting extremely tired of getting on the floor and "helping" the fan EVERY time I need to run the dishwasher. How difficult and expensive is it to replace this part. I have NO electrical knowledge, and my husband has even less. ü



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These motors were famous for the seal sticking to shaft. If this is an older unit turn the fan on motor by hand until it breaks free. Do this with power off.

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No, don't use your hand after it has been running. It's hot! But turning the fan with a couple of screwdrivers until it breaks free and spins freely does work.

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