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I keep getting a washer arm blocked error.

I have a GE 2800 dishwasher (old). It works but now I keep getting a washer arm blocked error but the arm is not blocked. Is this just a case of simple deterioration -how can this be addressed?

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I have had the same problem for a couple of years. When it tops without opening the door just press the start button and it will resume and finish the load.

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