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My GE dishwasher, modelGSD530, is not getting the dishes on the top rack clean, and I am not sure it the spin arm is working -- I can manually turn it in either direction without any resistance. Is that normal, or is something broken? Thanks! Danna

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  • dannabob May 02, 2010

    The water gets hot. Water comes in fine and drains out fine. Water gets to the dishes on the top rack, but since I can't see what's going on during operation, I can't tell if the arm is spinning correctly. Also, there is an unusual sound coming from the machine -- not the normal whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound.
    Thanks!
    Danna

  • dannabob May 02, 2010

    Hi

    Thanks.

    The holes in the arm are clean.

    I am not sure how to even start troubleshooting. Should I pull the machine out of the cabinet and tip it over to see what's going on underneath? I want to make sure the inlet water supply hose is clean, but I'm not sure how to even access it.

    You said I could take the spin arm off, but I don't see how to do that. I thought maybe I could take off the arm, enable the door safety switch, and turn the machine on to see what happens. Does that seem reasonable?

    I have my owner's manual, but it is pretty useless.

    I'm thinking that the dishwasher must be fairly simple, so I SHOULD be able to fix it. And I'm willing, but I'm a little afraid I might ruin something in the process.

    Thank you again for your help. I appreciate it!

    Danna

  • dannabob May 02, 2010

    Thanks for the help.

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The arms can corroded food build-up and quit spinning. You can use a toothpick and clean out all the holes in the arms. You can also pull the arms off and flush them out or use bleach-water to clean them. They spin by water pressure so either they are dirty, clogged holes, or low water pressure in the machine.

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    Nate Stansfield May 02, 2010

    Can't really ruin anything in these. Unless you brake a wire off and even those are preety sturdy.
    I would pull it out, remove the access panels, and take a look at the pump and hoses.

    Partselect is a good site with diagrams, howstuffworks has some diagrams too.


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    Nate Stansfield May 02, 2010

    Not a problem! Thank YOU for using Fixya. Come back anytime!

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Hi


Thanks for using FixYa. First of all please check the Water temperature by using a thermometer inside the dishwasher to measure the water temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F to 140 degree F as possible. Now try using the temperature boost feature if your dishwasher is equipped with this cycle feature and check if this will help your wash ability issues.

Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together. Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded.

To check the proper filling dishwasher will fill with water up to and around the heating element. If water is more below the heating element, you may have low water pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try & listen if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough pressure.

For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump.


Low water fills are a very common trouble maker with today's dishwasher. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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