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My Whirlpool Dishwasher is not Cleaning Dishes

Why is your Whirlpool dishwasher not washing your dishes? Good question. We don't know. But we will, because below you'll find a list of possible causes, with instructions on how to test each one. Work your way down the list and you'll find the reason. When you do, we'll have the part you need ready to order, and instructions on how to install it. Your frustration will melt away and you might just feel satisfaction in saving money on a technician and doing the repair yourself.
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Common solutions for: Whirlpool Dishwasher not cleaning
Solution 1:
Water Pump Belt
The water pump belt might be worn or broken. However, few dishwashers have a water pump belt, you should search for your model number to determine if it has a water pump belt. To access the water...
Required Part
Dishwasher Water Pump Belt
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Solution 2:
Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve opens to allow water to enter the dishwasher. If the valve is clogged or defective, the dishwasher won’t get enough water to clean dishes properly. If the water inlet valve is...
Required Part
Dishwasher Water Inlet Valve
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Solution 3:
Center Wash Arm Assembly
The center wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the upper rack. If water can’t flow properly through the center wash arm, the dishes in the upper rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food...
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Dishwasher Center Wash Arm Assembly
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Solution 4:
Lower Wash Arm Assembly
The lower wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the lower rack. If water can’t flow properly through the lower wash arm, the dishes in the lower rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food...
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Dishwasher Lower Wash Arm Assembly
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Solution 5:
Lower Wash Arm
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Dishwasher Lower Wash Arm
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Solution 6:
Upper Wash Arm Assembly
The upper wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the upper rack. If water can’t flow properly through the upper wash arm, the dishes in the upper rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food...
Required Part
Dishwasher Upper Wash Arm Assembly
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Solution 7:
Circulation Pump
The circulation pump uses a motor and impeller to force water up through the wash arms. If the circulation pump is defective, the dishes won’t be cleaned properly. If the motor isn’t making any noise...
Required Part
Dishwasher Circulation Pump
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Solution 8:
Pump and Motor Assembly
The motor drives an impeller to force water up through the wash arms. If the motor is defective, the pump impeller is broken, or some part of the pump is clogged, dishes won’t be cleaned properly....
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Dishwasher Pump and Motor Assembly
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Solution 9:
Wash Impeller
The wash impeller is a small plastic blade that forces water up through the wash arms. If the impeller is broken or is missing some of its fins, it might not generate enough pressure to force the...
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Dishwasher Wash Impeller
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Solution 10:
Circulation and Drain Pump Motor
The circulation pump uses a motor and impeller to force water up through the wash arms. If the circulation pump is defective, the dishes won’t be cleaned properly. If the motor isn’t making any noise...
Required Part
Dishwasher Circulation and Drain Pump Motor
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Solution 11:
Upper Wash Arm Spinner
The upper wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the upper rack. If water can’t flow properly through the upper wash arm, the dishes in the upper rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food...
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Dishwasher Upper Wash Arm Spinner
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