Question about Danby 22 in. DDW396 Free-standing Dishwasher
I have had a similar problem numerous times, a couple of which required
manoeuvreing it into a place I could work on it, and a laborious
removal of the covers. Each time, up until this current incident, the
solution that worked, at least temporarily, was quite simple. The
recurrent problem was at least consistent: every 6-8 months I would
find that the pump would work but the spray arm was not moving. The
solutions always seemed to be something different: once all I
needed to do was to prime the pump, other times it seemed like calcium
and lime build-up was clogging up the parts so a little C.L.R. got me
on my way.
This most current incident was more baffling, as my standard solutions did not work. However, I think I finally got to the root of the problem.
Look inside the dish compartment, to the right, near the top. There are two little nubby holes. Their function is to allow air to enter/exit either the spray arm pump tubing or the water filling tubing. Remove the one zillion screws from the cover to access the innards. Pull off the tubing and unscrew the washer (it will be tight due to the sealant on it). Upon inspection, I found that the air hole for the spray arm pump was clogged with food residue. A tiny screwdriver will clear things out nicely - you should be able to see through it. If you clear it out a little but, but still can't see through it, then I presume you're just going to have the same problem back again.
It is important that this be clear so that the water can displace the air while filling is occurring and allow for good suction. Actually, it looked like a manufacturing flaw - there was still some residual plastic from the original molding on the inside, and food was getting caught on it.
Posted on May 26, 2009
On the arm you have 3 port two spray up one left the other right clean out the once that look like a half dome "this is a water port ' it spray's to the back of the washer .. that how it spins .... the other side as it too take a tiny Tiny screw driver an pick out all the food you can get. turn it on let it run use powder dish soap do this a few time then use c l r on a week or two week bases you might have to do this more then once * do not put plates with food on them in your dishwasher* rinse them first or you can call me to fix it. to came to your home $65 + part an labor have a nice day
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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