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The spray arms on my GSD2230Z02WW dishwasher are not continuously spraying water throughout the cycle; thus, the dishes are not coming out clean and the powder detergent just ends up clumped near the dispenser, within it, and in some cases, on the bottom of the dishwasher (tub area). How can this be fixed?

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Take the spray arms out and look at the ends. There should be some holes drilled at an angle to make the arm rotate. If they are blocked there will be no rotation. Also make sure the filter is clean; if it clogs up the force of the water being recirculated would be inadequate to get a good stream. And finally, if the water temp is below 150 degrees inside the dish washer it will not completely dissolve all the components of the detergent.

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