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Re: Issue with Dishwasher --- Spray ARM does not move
You can replace the impeller, it requires purchasing the part, removing the motor/ sump assy from the d/w( or uninstalling the d/w and flipping on its back) the motor does separate form housing with 1 3/8 screw and a twist. new part(s) are installed and reassemble. part number 8268398 impeller kit, and you can order it from sears.com.. you can remove the top filter plate(5 torx 15 screws, that will give you acess to lower unit 2 more torx screws will give you acesstothe chopper assy, you may be clogged with gunk there, that would prevent good cleaning results and noisy operation, bu tif that area is relatively clean,and your motor is running, just very little water pressure form lower arm assy. the impeller kit will do the trick.
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I had the same problem I own a Kenmore Elite dishwasher. Diverter motor needs to be replaced. The diverter motor is connected to a plate that controls the flow of water to each washer arm. When the plate moves it has holes that align to the proper tube that supplies water to a washer arm. When the diverter motor is broken it is unable to rotate and cannot direct flow of water. When this happens water will only be able to come out of one spray arm in my case the back sprayer or turbo wash. The diverter motor is located under the dish washer and the diverter plate is located under the bottom sprayer arm.
This is common if the wrong detergent was used or some regular sudsing soap like hand dish washing soap was accidentally used. Clear the suds if there by adding a small amount of cooking oil to the soapy water then wash for a bit and cancel drain. Repeat if needed.
If this is not the problem look for something blocking the spray arms from turning, if they spray in one spot only they can splash water out the front.
Check the unit for level, if it is tilted forward it could be spilling while washing.
Look for cracks in the spray arms where too much water sprays from one place.
Make sure the middle spray arm has not fallen off. If it continues try moving the rack to the higher or lower position and see if this helps
Ensure that the spray arm is movable. Inspect the spray holes in the top spray arm. If clogged, clean the openings. If no clog, position the spray arm in a certain position (e.g.: arms facing front and back). Then activate the dishwasher for a minute or so and open the door to determine if the spray arm has moved. If not, there may be an issue with the water feeding to the spray arm (typically via the water pump, etc.).
YOU WILL PROBABLY FIND THE TOP SPRAY ARM IS BLOCKED WITH FOOD. UNSCREW THE SPRAY ARM AND MAKE SURE ALL THE SMALL HOLES ARE CLEAR OF ANY BLOCKAGES AS THIS IS WHERE THE WATER COMES OUT OF TO WASH THE PLATES.IF THESES ARE BLOCKED THEN YOU GET POOR WASH RESULTS
If the water doesn't drain from your dishwasher, check these:
Drain line/air gap--A clog in this part is the usual
reason that a dishwasher doesn't drain. Remove the drain line to clear
any debris from the hose or hose connection at the household drain line
connection. Reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher again.
Pump--You can reach the pump from inside the
dishwasher. Remove the lower rack, spray arm and support. Look for an
impeller, a device that spins around and forces water through the spray
arm. This is the wash impeller and beneath it is the drain impeller
that pushes the water into the drain port. Replace it if found
defective or worn out.
Drain valve/solenoid---The drain valve may have a
solenoid with lever that sticks or frozen and prevents the dishwasher
from draining. Free up the solenoid and lubricate the lever.
Belt---A certain brand of dishwasher uses a belt to drive the pump. Replace it if broken or worn out.
Motor---Check it if turning or working.Turn the rotor
manually to see if stuck and free it up. Replace if defective, it is
If someone is putting dishes in the washer and obstructing the spray ams that would cause food to stay on dishes. After loading dishwasher and pushing in baskets make sure the spray arm doesnt hit any of the dishes causing them to not clean properly. If that doesnt work or is definately not your problem try removing the spray arm and seeing if it has food inside of it. Some times they get food build up in them and need to be flushed out.
If the water doesn't drain from your dishwasher, check these:
Drain line/air gap
A clog in the drain line or air gap (if there is one) is the usual reason that a dishwasher won't drain. Often the problem is at the point where the drain line attaches to the garbage disposer or household drain line. If you remove this line, you can clear any debris from the hose or hose connection. Be sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher again.
Your dishwasher pump ejects the water. The pump is usually mounted directly to the motor, then attached to the bottom of the dishwasher. You can reach the pump from inside the dishwasher, but first you need to remove the lower rack, the spray arm, and the spray arm support.
Look for an impeller--a round plastic fan blade-type of device that spins around. This is the wash impeller, which forces the water through the spray arm. Beneath the wash impeller is the drain impeller, which is similar in size and shape to the wash impeller. The drain impeller pushes the water toward the drain port. These components make up the pump. If any of the pump components are defective, you need to replace them.
Drain valve and/or solenoid
Many dishwashers use a drain valve with an electric solenoid. When electricity flows to the solenoid, the valve opens and diverts the water to the drain. Sometimes the solenoid, or the diverting lever, sticks and prevents the dishwasher from draining or filling properly. Try to free up the solenoid to lubricate the lever. Otherwise, you may have to replace the solenoid or pump assembly. With these systems, the motor always rotates in one direction. When it's energized, the drain valve diverts the water.
Other dishwashers simply reverse the direction of the motor to drain the dishwasher. These units don't have a drain valve. Instead, there's a drain hose connected directly to the pump housing.
One brand of dishwasher uses a belt to drive the pump. If this belt is broken or has fallen off, replace it.
If the motor isn't turning or working, the unit won't drain. First check to be sure you have power to the dishwasher. If not, see the section "It doesn't work at all." If the motor hums but doesn't turn, it may need to be replaced.
Some dishwashers are susceptible to getting stuck if you don't run them regularly. If you haven't run the dishwasher for more than a week, you may need to manually spin the motor to free it up. If the motor is defective, you need to replace it. Dishwasher motors can't be serviced.
Part of what the timer does is control the motor and drain valve. If the timer doesn't work properly, the water may not drain and you need to replace the timer. This problem is uncommon.
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Sometime objects tend to build up under the screen and around the circulating pump. These objects will block the water ports and cut the ability of the spray arms to rotate. If you are carefull you can disassemble the unit under the bottom spray arm and inspect/clean the screen and circulating pump.