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The top rack is poorly cleaned once cycle is complete and middle sprayer arm does not appear to be circulating. Water comes from the top spray arm fine.

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Hi, I have an older dishwasher also and recently mywife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I amtried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installedthem in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also foundthat 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 makesure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the onlinebuying...
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I had a similar problem and fixed it by disassembling the lower spray arm and return filter, and cleaning all the junk out.
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I had the same problem and fixed it by disassembling the lower spray arm and return filter, and cleaning all the junk out.
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