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There is a possibility the water pressure itself is low from the kitchen line or the dishwasher is set at incorrect water pressure setting and does not collect enough water based on the flow time of inlet valve. If you hear the wash motor cut in then there is not enough water in the base to start pumping it to through the arms.
The water pressure must be good and the spraying must be seen to be
good. If there is low pumping or pressure then the spray arms will not turn
around to inject with pressure which can result in poor washing and leaving of specks. If so
the pump must be checked for clogging.
If clean light is blinking then it may be an
issue with heater circuit, door switch or wash pump, please reset the power to
the dishwasher. After, 5 minutes check if you are still getting the same error.
If yes, then it is a water heating fault. To resolve this error try pressing
this reset sequence-- Heat Dry - Normal - Heat Dry - Normal or High Temp - Air
Dry - High Temp - Air Dry or Hi Temp Scrub, energy saver dry, Hi Temp Scrub,
energy saver dry or high temp wash-heated dry-high temp wash-heated dry. Now let the unit run for 2-3 minutes and then you press
the Cancel/Drain button and allow it to completely drain and reset. If this
doesn't work then it's an issue with the wash pump not pumping the water past
the heater efficiently or due to lack of water to heat. Please make sure that
heater is not open circuited and is heating the water efficiently. You'll have
to check the heater using a multimeter; the meter should read between 3000 to
3300 ohms (Use multimeter on Rx1 ohm setting). If heater is fine then make sure
water pressure is optimum and fill valve is working fine. Hope this helps...
Please post back if you need more information.
Check the spray arm. Machine water pump. After this pump pressure builds up to the spray arm. Rubber hosejunction inside the wash tub. This place gets connected to the spray arm system. You can see this when you draw the tray for loading vessels. Slowly push it and watch the junction where this gets locked into the rubber hose mouth inside the wash tub. There should not be any water pressure leak.
Heating element may fail. This will lead to the machine stopping part way through its cycle
Pumps. There are 2 pumps in most dishwashers. The drain pump,( which describes itself -it pumps the water out of the machine.) The recirculating pump which forces the water at high pressure through the spray nozzles and arms. (This is how the cleaning action is performed) These pump may either leak, or burn out. Either way, the only solution is replacement.
Hi Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please check the Water
temperature by using a thermometer inside the dishwasher to measure the water
temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F to 140 degree F as possible. Now
try using the temperature boost feature if your dishwasher is equipped with
this cycle feature and check if this will help your wash ability issues. Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store
your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together.
Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the
dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded. To check
the proper filling dishwasher will fill with water up to and around the heating
element. If water is more below the heating element, you may have low water
pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try & listen if it sounds like
it is spraying the water around with enough pressure. For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the
entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the
proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check
the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water
is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in
dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump. Low water fills are a very common trouble maker with
rate this solution and revert for further assistance. Thanks
My Whirlpool Quiet Wash plus dishwasher seems to have died. No power. None of the buttons work, it quiet mid-cycle. No breaker issue, my garbage disposal runs off same breaker and is working fine. Any ideas? I was thinking the comp. board that the buttons work off of is fried. If this is the case any idea how much to replace it? Would it be cheaper to buy a new dishwasher?
You sound like you diagnosed it pretty good, so I think you can change the impeller. The biggest problem is making sure everything is lined up so it wont leak after its re-installed. I've never had much luck removing the old impeller without breaking it into pieces. just be careful not to mess up the shaft. If its an older machine, some Whirlpool/Kenmore can have the whole thing changed in one part. Its a little more $$ but it has the motor and all. And its easier and faster!! Also, your pressure problem may be related to the motor.
It sound like a pump issue. The pump is attached to the motor and forces the water up into the sprayer arms and during the drain cycle, it pushes the water out of the dishwasher.
Look if the pump's impeller (a round plastic fan blade-type of device) spins around.
In case it doesn't spin, look if it doesn't blocked or stuck from any other reason.
Check first that no debris is blocking the holes in the spray arm where the water comes out, and clean out the holes.
In case it will not solve your problem, it's look like a pump problem (the pump has two functions : drive water to the spray arms and to drain water out the washer).
Open the rear panel and listen if the pump works during the wash cycle. In case it doesn't work, it should be replaced.
Good luck !