Question about Dishwashers
This is a known issue for GE dishwashers and may be similar for other
models too. The fix is simple. The noise is due to
vibration of the arm for the middle sprayer. Just secure it with
a tie wrap or wire and the noise should be gone.
Refer to the following link for my earlier response to a similar issue which fixed the problem.
Posted on Oct 26, 2007
Yes, the issue was the middle spray arm. However, if you secure the arm, then you lose cleaning power on your glasses.
The true issue is having enough pressure to spin the arm.
1. Remove the arm and clean the ports.
2. Most important: Find the spot at the back of the washer where the male pipe meets the female flange. Wrap a rubber band around the male pipe which acts as a gasket and keeps more water pressure going to the arm.
Problem solved and no loss of cleaning ability.
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
Wow! I've been suffering with this growling/rumbling noise problem for 2-3 yrs with a 5 yr old GE dishwasher. As I was following the advice with the tie-wrap idea, I noticed that the little plastic clip that holds the spray arm tube (not the rotating part) to the underside of the upper basket was broken. I'd never noticed that before. I put a couple of tie wraps around the spray arm tube and through this clip to re-secure it and wala - no more noise! I did put the rubber band on one end of the rotating piece just for good measure, but I'm not sure it was ncessary to stop the noise.
Posted on May 15, 2009
SOLVED! I tried the rubber band thing, but it didn't make a difference, but upon closer inspection of the hose that supplies water to the middle sprayer, I noticed that the little clip that is suppose to keep that tight and out of the way was broken and the middle sprayer must have been brushing that and making the growling noise. I used a twist tie to fasten it in place and voila! no more noise. I have a 2 yr old GE.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
On my GE, the tube that carries water to the middle sprayer was loose. I used stainless wire and secured it to the basket. No more vibration.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
I have a GE Triton with the same growling problem and here is my fix. My middle spray arm was the noise maker, though all spray arms have a lot of play the middle arm seemed to cause the growling problem. The growling sound is coming from the spray arm vibrating side to side while spinning. There are 2 fixes that I did, 1) the tube running from the back of the machine under the basket I tye wrapped to the basket this stopped the tube from flopping against the basket, it was secure but still had to much play, 2) I unscrewed the nylon screw / stainless washer that the spray arm is held in place and took a flat file to the area where the spray arm is attached. This area is nylon also so when filing the area down make sure not to file more away than is needed. Doing this will take out the play thus will stop the vibration. I filed a little then re assembled for fit, I did this several times to get the proper fit. Take note to use a wide flat file and file flat and not to any one side if so you will "screwup". The worse thing you will have to do is buy another attachment for the spray arm under the basket. I have aprox. 05 play in the arm, take in consideration that the washer is hot while operating and all parts tend to expand so don't file off more than you think will hurt the arm while in operation. gk
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
Try pressing the upper rack firmly against the back of the dishwasher before starting the cycle, if you have growling after starting your wash cycle just open and push the top rack back and restart. Thank you everyone for showing me where to look!
I read a few posts and looked at the back of the dishwasher where the male pipe meets the female flange. I watched the movement as the two parts met and I learned that the two must be pressed firmly together. This is accomplished by simply pushing the upper basket firmly against the back of the dishwasher. Close the door and listen... silence, the growling is no more.
Posted on Feb 07, 2010
I have an 18 month old GE GLD5900 N00BB dishwasher that was making a loud grinding noise that was really caused by vibration, only on the discharge cycle. This washer has a separate pump for draining.
I took off the lower front cover (after making sure the filter was clear, and it was actually draining) and found that the copper water supply tubing was in such a position as to vibrate against the floor and against it self where the loop crossed. You can't fix this entirely by pulling the unit out, because you do not have total control as to where the tubing will end up when you push the unit back into place.
Try to avoid the temptation of using brute force to bend the tubing into a new position, because you risk snapping the plastic valve where the water supply connects to the unit.
I got some rubber fuel line from the garage (foam pipe insulation, or some other dense rubber should work with duct tape). I cut the fuel line (hose) into 4" lengths, **** them length wise with a razor, and fitted the rubber pieces around the copper tubing anywhere the tubing was touching (or close to) the floor, or anything else.
This corrected 90% of my noise problem. To my surprise, I determined that the remaining noise was actually coming from under my kitchen sink. The plastic discharge hose was properly secured to the back of the cabinet, but it still vibrated against the back of the cabinet when the discharge pump kicked in. This is so easy to check by opening the door below your sink during this cycle and see for yourself before trying everything else. There are many ways to keep this from vibrating against the cabinet, I leave that to you. You could use a very large rubber band around the sink drain pipe to pull it slightly away from the cabinet, but leave the clamp securing the discharge hose in place because it needs to be high up to create an air/vapor barrier, similar to what the drain trap does for the sink.
I am now back into "whisper clean" mode. Good luck.
Posted on Jul 09, 2009
Check the tube on the back of the dishwasher that feeds water to the middle spray arm. If you see a groove but no o-ring, trying putting a 5/8" ID o-ring on there and see if that gets rid of the noise. I installed that on a dishwasher over the weekend and not only is it quiet again but it also seems to be doing a better job of cleaning the dishes.
Posted on Jun 22, 2011
ZIp tie solved it for me also
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
I secured the middle spray arm as suggested with two plastic cable ties -- problem solved. Thanks to ALL for the advice. This thing has really been annoying! BTW - great web site.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
GEEZ! We have been listening to that noise for two plus years. Looked at the male end of the middle sprayer and the 5/8 O-Ring was GONE. Thank you.
By the way we asked a repair man, who was here repairing our washing machine, and he looked at us with dumb look on his face. He had no idea what was wrong. Or DID HE?
Posted on Aug 21, 2012
Had the same issue but with a non GE appliance. Turned out it was the 3 POPCORN KERNELS!!!! The were stuck in the motor spinner thing. I've just removed them and done a test run. Fixed. Now I can run the dishwasher overnight without waking the dead. :-)
Posted on Sep 18, 2012
Zip tie works, o-ring not a bad idea either. Thanks!
Posted on Oct 03, 2011
Im confused bc i dont know what you mean by the middle spray and tying it to the upper basket? can someone give a more detailed explanation for me?
Posted on May 03, 2011
Check the air gap (in the sink) isn't blocked. mine was making an almighty noise, and wasn't emptying. I called someone out to check it, and they spent less than 3 minutes to unclog the air gap!!!
Posted on Feb 16, 2011
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