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Dishwasher doesn't clean as well as it used to

Suddenly my dishwasher doesn't seem to clean as well as it used to. Lots of food particles show up inside and outside glasses, sometimes on silverware, often on plates & bowls. I haven't changed my detergent, how well I rinse off dishes, settings, or anything else. The water drains okay, so I would imagine that it's not a blockage of some sort.

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  • reevesp Mar 31, 2008

    I have the same problem. Worked great the first year, now food particles on dishes. No loud noises. Seems to be filling up and draining fine???????

  • Handyannie Apr 27, 2008

    I have the same problem - was working great for 1.5 years and now there are lots of food particles on glasses and dishes. I've looked to see if there is a screen/filter that needs to be cleaned but can't find anything. Both arms are spinning and water levels are fine.

  • Warren Griffin Mar 30, 2009

    I've recently posted a similar question (3/30/09). I have checked the spray arms - no holes blocked. Time to fill is short, so no blockage in fill line. The drain line is transparent so I can see there is no blockage near the dishwasher (and no food particles visible, but I had run the unit with no load and drained it a couple of times before looking) or near the sink drain. About 4 feet of the drain line is under the cabinets so I can't see it, but the low point appears to be right under the dishwasher, so would expect a blockage to be there, if anywhere. Also, flow during draining appears to be very rapid.

    The wash pump doesn't appear to be noisy and was replaced about 8 months ago. It was replaced to resolve the same symptoms I am now seeing and did, for awhile.



    The spary arms stop rotating within about 1/8 of a turn when I open the dishwasher during a wash cycle. Should they be rotating more before stopping? (In other words, are they rotating too slowly so they don't have enough momentum to rotate further when I open the door?)



    A technician indicated that there was an internal filter in the pumping unit that could be clogged but that it could not be cleaned. The pump unit had to be replaced. Is this true?

  • Warren Griffin Mar 30, 2009

    I've recently posted a similar question (3/30/09). Ihave checked the spray arms - no holes blocked. Time to fill is short, so no blockage in fill line. The drain line is transparent so I can see there is no blockage near the dishwasher (and no food particles visible, but I had run the unit with no load and drained it a couple of times before looking) or near the sink drain. About 4 feet of the drain line is under the cabinets so I can't see it, but the low point appears to be right under the dishwasher, so would expect a blockage to be there, if anywhere. Also, flow during draining appears to be very rapid.

    The wash pump doesn't appear to be noisy and was replaced about 8 months ago. It was replaced to resolve the same symptoms I am now seeing and did, for awhile.

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Poss a blockage in the base hoses or try checking the spray arms for hole blockages. is the wash pump noisy?

Posted on Jan 20, 2008

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