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The dishwasher does not work at all and there is water in the bottom. I tried to see if there was a blockage but couldn't find anything.

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Usually when this occurs on an older model the motor has stuck. It requires shutting
off power at the circuit breaker that feeds the dishwasher. Then manually rotating
the motor shaft either by moving the fan blade located in the metal housing inside the
slot near the plastic pump (at the back of the motor itself for round motors).
or move the aluminum fins which are easily seen on the front of square pumps.
This applies only to
single pump units like Hotpoint, Kenmore, or GE. for others, such as Frigidaire or
Haier, often the drain pump has failed. Remember to give a little silicone spray on
the bearing ends and to make sure the disposal is working on the sink if you have one
since most dishwashers drain through them.

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