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Top sprayer not turning

Hi -- our dishwasher has suddenly stopped cleaning as well as it had been. We see that the top sprayer is not turning, but it doesn't seem clogged and water is coming through.

There is a film on our glasses, water spots on dishes, bits of food that are baking onto the dishes -- usually it cleans beautifully.

This is a Kitchenaid dishwasher, model KUD1220T4

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  • biddersweet5 Jul 31, 2008

    Did you check the rack? Ours have rusted out (same model) after 16 years of ownership and it makes the sprayer inoperable. No one seems to carry the racks so we need to buy a new dishwasher.

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SOURCE: film and food residieu remains on upper rack

Hi, is the wash arm underneath the upper basket turning freely and is it not blocked with any food particles? I've had items out of my dishwasher with a similar problem and it's been when the upper wash arm has been blocked or a spoon has fell through and prevented it from turning and washing properly.

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I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...


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