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Water not spraying on the arms.

Dishwasher is old but has been good. Only recently the water will not spray on the arms and water is sitting in the bottom of the machine and not being pumped out. Please help me as Christmas is approaching!

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  • trevpasty Dec 24, 2007

    My dishwasher does not pump water through spray arms, I suspect this is a problem with a pump, can it be tested easily or replaced?

  • need2fixit Jan 08, 2008

    my kitchenaid (18) yrs old but working, draining, cycling filling , drying, just developed the same type of problem, on this unit there is a rubber tube that runs along the top rack and slides into a supply at the back of the machine I had replaced this a while back, this tube is what feeds the water to the sprayer arm on the top rack however I checked it out tonight & that dosen't seem to be the problem the machine will fill go into wash cycle but water is not getting to spray arms it just sits at the bottom until it drains. pump issue maybe? or impeller?

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Darema,

This is an issue with the pump or the timer. Hard to know which from here. You can do some testing but it is difficult. First, find the float in the machine which gauges the water level...if it has one. Raise it to its highest height and secure it by wedging. That makes the machine 'think' it is full of water. Can't find the float...first try the tests below at the end of the wash cycle...to make the machine think it is draining the water...still no go...you may have to actually fill the machine. With the power off, remove the cover on the lower part of the machine.

Locate the motor and open the connector to it. If you own a volt meter, with the power back on and with the timer set to midway in the wash cycle, see if there is voltage at the motor terminals. If there are more than two terminals, try white and any color and then black and any color. No voltage... try a couple of other positions where the motor should run...no dice...replace the timer. Don't own a voltmeter, you can use a household test light, available for a dollar or two at the hardware store. Be sure the light you buy is for home use...not automotive.

If there is voltage, you've got a motor issue.

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