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Dishwasher not getting water into spray arm, so no clean dishes

My dishwasher fills in the bottom, but then yet water isn't going into the spray arm so no dishes get clean, as far as I can tell the arm isn't moving at all during the cycle--any help on what could be causing this to happen? Thanks

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  • Dixiepenny Jan 10, 2008

    I have the same model, and it fills up with hot water - goes thru the noise of making me think it's washing, and rinsing but the arms that spray water aren't moving and the dishes remain dirty.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    water is not comming out of my spray arm in my dishwasher

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    the dishes in the top unit are not cleaning. the arm that turns spraying water is not working

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    As I, stated both the water inlet valve and upper spray arm have been replaced, the water is filling appropriately and the cycle is running to completion. But the upper spray arm does not rotate all the time, even though water is going through it. Hence, the dishes are not cleaning on the upper tray.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    when i run the dishwasher water sprays/leaks out from underneath the door.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    I've spent all morning cleaning it, and trying to figure out why it doesn't clean any dishes, and I've noticed the arms are always in the same position - so they're not moving. I've tried to get as much gunk out as possible - but I don't know how to actually detach the arms to clean them thoroughly, which I assume would go a long way to fixing the problem.

    Any and all help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

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Two possibilities: open door when in use. check if water is coming out of the spray arms. if it is and at a good rate, then the problem may be the spray arm jets blocked. the spray arms are only rotated by water coming out of the angled jets at their end or is the main circulating pump running ok?

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