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Dishes not washing clean

The upper rack is not washing the dishes. It seems like there isn't any water being sprayed from the top sprayer.

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  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2008

    I have removed the tube from the bottom to the top, removed the screem covering the lower area and cleaned, can not get the cover off of the empeller of the pump.

  • agenett23 Jan 12, 2009

    the top sprayer arm in my dishwasher is not not working. It appears that no water is spraying out of the top and detergent was not dissolving?>

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    The dishes in upper rack is not washing . But the dishes in lower rack cleans fine

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Check water level in machine
may be not filling enough and the wash pump is starved from water thus not pushing water to upper arm
drain water from machine dismantle and clean out air tube to pressure switch take off air tube at pressure switch and blow back into sump then pinch air tube with fingers to stop air from flowing back up tube then refit to p/s
run and see if that solves problem

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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SOURCE: will not clean dishes on the upper rack

Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side), in which case replace the water valve.

If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).

There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher. Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray arm.



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