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I have a plugged wash arm, how do I remove it to clean?

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  • victor timmons Aug 02, 2010

    Thank you. Tried rocking ARM, CAME RIGHT OFF!!!
    THANK YOU AGAIN

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Hi,

Kindly mention the make and model of the dishwasher?

Thanks!!

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

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  • victor timmons Aug 02, 2010

    the model is a GSD4800WW

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Aug 02, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!

    Removing and replacing a spray arm

    Note:
    Disconnect the power source to your dishwasher before you conduct this or any other repair. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.

    Water is forced through the spray arms of a dishwasher by the unit's pump and motor assembly. The force of the water propels the spray arms, spraying water and detergent onto the dishes on the dishrack. Depending on your model, you may have only one spray arm located on the bottom of the dishwasher, or you may also have an upper spray arm located at the top of the unit above the upper dishrack. There may or may not also be a plastic tower extending from the center of the lower spray arm, whose purpose is to spray an additional blast of water at the dishes.

    Remove the lower dishrack from the unit. If your dishwasher has a spray tower in the center of the spray arm, remove it now by unscrewing it with your hand. You should see a bolt in the center of the spray arm. Remove the bolt and then remove the lower spray arm by pulling up on it. If your particular spray arm is not held in place with a bolt, lift up on the spray arm to remove it from the unit. You may need to rock it back and forth a little to help ease the process.

    If there are any washers used with your spray arm, make sure you return them in the same order they came off.

    If you are replacing the spray arm, simply discard the spray arm you have just removed, and insert a new one in its place. To clean your spray arm, soak it in warm, soapy water. Rinse it clean with a high pressure spray of water. Return spray arm to dishwasher.

    Good Luck!!

    Thanks!!


  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Aug 02, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!





    Note:

    Disconnect
    the power source to your dishwasher before you conduct this or any
    other check. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the
    appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flick the appropriate breaker in
    the circuit breaker panel.

    Water is forced through the spray arms of a
    dishwasher by the unit's pump and motor assembly. The force of the water
    propels the spray arms, spraying water and detergent onto the dishes on
    the dishrack. Depending on your model, you may have only one spray arm
    located on the bottom of the dishwasher, or you may also have an upper
    spray arm located at the top of the unit above the upper dishrack. There
    may or may not also be a plastic tower extending from the center of the
    lower spray arm, whose purpose is to spray an additional blast of water
    at the dishes.


    Remove the lower dishrack from the unit. Reach into
    your dishwasher and spin the lower spray arm. Take note of whether or
    not the arm moves freely or if its movement is restricted. It should not
    be restricted in its path of motion. Now gently pull up on an end of
    the spray arm. The spray arm should be free to wobble up and down. Next
    carefully examine the spray arm seams. If they have split or are
    damaged, the dishes may not receive the amount of water pressure
    required to fully clean the dishes. What's more, if water is in fact
    spraying out of the spray arm from its seams, it is possible that it can
    cause your dishwasher to leak.


    If your dishwasher has a spray tower, pull up on it
    as far as it will go and then let it fall back down. Again, this
    movement should not be restricted. It should be a fluid and smooth
    motion. Also, unscrew the spray tower and examine it for any debris or
    foreign objects. Remove any that you find.


    Gain access to the upper spray arm by removing the
    upper dishrack. Perform the same tests for the upper spray arm as you
    just did for the lower spray arm. Keep in mind that the upper spray arm
    may not wobble as much as the lower spray arm.


    On a final note, some dishwasher models have a water
    tube that meets up with the upper spray arm once the upper dishrack is
    pushed back. It is a good idea to check to make sure this tube is
    aligning properly with the upper spray arm.




    Dishwasher spray arms are removeable. You can take them out and clean them, or you can take them out to replace with new ones.

    The above 2 comments would help you to figure it out how to clean it.

    Good Luck!!

    Thanks!!




  • victor timmons Aug 02, 2010

    My lower wash arm has NO screws, bolts or anything that I can see or feel that holds the arm in the tower.

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Aug 02, 2010

    Thanks for your response!!

    Unscrew the spray tower
    (if any) by hand and remove the bolt (if any) in the center of
    the spray arm. Otherwise lift and rock the spray arm until it
    comes off.



    If problem still persists, revert and i would try to pull up service manual with instructions.

    Good Luck!!

    Thanks!!


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