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The spinner for the top rack gets water, but doesn't seem to ever spin.

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  • markandpa33 Jul 31, 2009

    The top spinner is not spinning on our Frigidaire Series dishwasher. The bottom one just cranks out the water and spins like crazy. The top one fills with water, but doesn't seem to move.

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Sometimes the place where the tube fits in at the back of the inside of the washer chamber has a second hole which has a rubber flap that fatigues and doesn't provide a good enough seal to provide adequete water pressure to spin the squirting propeller, remove the top rack and look in the back to inspect the holes that accomidate the feed pipe for the top rack if there are two one is not used and it may need a flap valve replace it if it appears fatigued or is not closing all the way.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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There are clogs most likely in the spray holes. You can use a toothpick to dig out the gunk in the holes.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

Hi there

It sounds like there may be a small blockage causing the pressure to reduce and prevent the spin. Are you able to tell if water goes through the top spinner? This may be difficult to tell as the door would have to be closed.

See if you are able to remove the spinner and find any blockage inside.

If it cannot be removed, attempt to use a needle to clear any possible blocking of each nozzle.

Finally, try to spin it it by hand. Does it spin freely? If so, is it possible the spinner hits a dish in the dishwasher which prevents it from spinning? Test it without disher.

Let me know how it goes.

I look forward to your reply

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Posted on Aug 03, 2009

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If debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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If you can turn the "spinner" freely by hand chances are you have a water pressure problem that is caused by a leaking connection joint at the lower manifold connection, a leaky seal or joint at the upper "spinner" or you could have some debris in the water supply manifold or "spinner" that is plugging the water jet holes you can see in the "spinner"
I would start by removing the manifold and spinner. Check for cracks, broken locks and debris that may need to be cleared.
Remove the trays, generally the manifold and upper spinner snap into place, but double check for screws.
Let me know what you find.
Regards,

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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Check that water is getting from the water supply with sufficient pressure.
Check the top arm attachment to the main line.
Try spinning the arm with your hand, ensure that is spinning and wobbling freely.
Check that the impeller pump hose is not clogged.
If you do not find anything else wrong, then it is usually a faulty pump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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Jeff, When a dishwasher acts like this, the most common problem is a blockage in the sump area, underneath the lower spray arm. Removing any/all filter and covers down there (screws will need to be removed) and inspecting with a flashlight, remove all debris (watch out for broken glass!)  Also, inspect the "impeller" that is turned by the wash motor for damage or being loose while you are down there.  Reassemble and test out.
If problems remain, the next most common problem is a failed wash motor.  It is common over the years for it to weaken as it heads towards total failure.  These motors, when they fail, can not be repaired, rather they must be replaced.
Please post back with what you find, OK?

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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There may be a couple of solutions to your problem. First, if you are not rinsing the dishes thoroughly before loading, your sump area in the bottom of the machine will get clogged, thus preventing enough velocity to reach top rack. Second, and most likely, your water inlet valve (or solenoid valve) is restricting. You have a timed fill mode through the timer and if the valve is not opening fully, you do not get the proper rate of flow into the machine. Replace the valve and your problem will most likely be solved.

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SOURCE: clean on bottom rack but dirty on top

Clean the filter at the bottom of the tub. If it is dirty or clogged the water pressure may not be strong enough to spin the top arm. Make sure also the there is nothing blocking the holes of the spinner arm. If the filter and arm are clear then the pump may be failing.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009

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First, confirm that the holes are not blocked on these arms. (I did not want to assume you have done this.)

Then check the impeller on top of the motor stem for being loose or worn/damaged - to rule the impeller out. If it is fine, then the motor is failing and too weak to drive the spray arms.
To answer your question, I think the answer is "They don't make them like they used too!"

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i have a du1148xtpb1 whirlpool dishwasher and the top rake dishes are not getting clean please advise

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