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Dishes on top won't clean, seems to stem from arm below

The dishes on the top won't come clean, either outside or inside (glasses and bowls). seems to be more of a problem with the arm/sprayer from below, not above.

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Sounds like the water pump is not pumping the water. Or the most likely problem is that your arm is plugged with hard water or something. Take it out and clean it and check there first. Or something in the arm has broken and it no longer spins because it is not pressurizing correctly. Some acids will help disolve hard water and clean up the problem. I use a commercial grade acid for cleaning ice machines to eat away the hard water. Good luck and let me know if i can help you out anymore.

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