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    We have an older Maytag dishwasher.
    Usually it runs just fine, however, there are times
    we get a "blocked washer arm" indication and the unit
    stops until we open and close the door.

    This can occur if we have the dishwasher loaded to the maximum
    or half empty.

    I have been unable to determine any specific pattern or cause for
    the alarm.

    I do run the dishwasher empty every so often to make sure
    all is clean and clear.

    I also have inspected the top and bottom wash arms to ensure the spray holes are clean and open. Yes, I remove them, wash them out and look where they are attached for debris....

    Now, I realize the manufacturers are messing with the dish soap
    ingredients again and have removed what ever phosphates
    were still in the formula. We tried those liquid gel capsules and different brands of dish washer detergent, there is no difference.

    The dishwasher does go through the various cycles correctly
    [other than the blocked wash arm alarm] and
    the dishes come out clean. etc. We do have a water softener.

    I'm just trying to determine why the blocked washer message
    keeps happening. Of course the Maytag documentation is worthless.

    Any comments are appreciated.

    Cactus Man

  • #2
    Re: Dishwasher question

    When you say older what does that mean? How old....model number ??
    Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
    You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

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    • #3
      Re: Dishwasher question

      i would think the problem is in the sensor that trigers the alarm. is it a pressure switch? or an electrical overload?

      chances are if you google that problem, there will be dozens of threads on what to do.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Dishwasher question

        Dishwasher specific information:
        MAYTAG
        Model DWU9962AAB
        Serial 10148177QH
        Vintage/installed 1997

        It seems many folks [Google] have similar challenges with
        "blocked wash arm" messages

        The Maytag website does not have any useful information
        regarding this anomaly.

        One comment was to ensure the drain hose is at the correct height...
        It is!

        I did read one more comment about cleaning the "filter pump
        screen" item 6

        I do not have any drainage problems

        Cactus Man

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        • #5
          Re: Dishwasher question

          Is it possible that if a spray stream deflected off an item and back against the spray arm, the system may detecthat resistance and signal a problem?

          Aren't all arms powered by water spray and not mechanically turned?
          Thank you.
          I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
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          • #6
            Re: Dishwasher question

            This older style had a sensor that goes bad...about a 200-250 part...probably not worth fixing...plus I think its a hard part to find...(This information comes from my uncle who is a appliance repairman...)I personally just bought a really nice Maytag for about 400.00 so 14 years is pretty darn good...
            Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
            You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

            Derek

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            • #7
              Re: Dishwasher question

              Originally posted by cactusman View Post
              Dishwasher specific information:
              MAYTAG
              Model DWU9962AAB
              Serial 10148177QH
              Vintage/installed 1997

              It seems many folks [Google] have similar challenges with
              "blocked wash arm" messages

              The Maytag website does not have any useful information
              regarding this anomaly.

              One comment was to ensure the drain hose is at the correct height...
              It is!

              I did read one more comment about cleaning the "filter pump
              screen" item 6

              I do not have any drainage problems

              Cactus Man
              An excellent help forum on appliances is www.appliancejunk.com
              Last edited by lovetheUSA; 03-07-2011, 08:24 PM. Reason: add

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              • #8
                Re: Dishwasher question

                Originally posted by dcman View Post
                This older style had a sensor that goes bad...about a 200-250 part...probably not worth fixing...plus I think its a hard part to find...(This information comes from my uncle who is a appliance repairman...)I personally just bought a really nice Maytag for about 400.00 so 14 years is pretty darn good...
                dcman: I bought two Maytag dishwashers' a few years back. They were middle of the road Maytags. Neither cleaned dishes very well, and neither lasted longer than six years. I installed Kitchenaid dishwashers. They have worked fine ever since (a decade at least) and they clean much better.
                Time flies like an arrow.

                Fruit flies like a banana.

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                • #9
                  Re: Dishwasher question

                  Originally posted by geno gardner View Post
                  dcman: I bought two Maytag dishwashers' a few years back. They were middle of the road Maytags. Neither cleaned dishes very well, and neither lasted longer than six years. I installed Kitchenaid dishwashers. They have worked fine ever since (a decade at least) and they clean much better.
                  Middle of the road...does that mean like lowes or home depot level? Mine is a grade above those, with a softener, and so far I have been very happy...Not taking anything away from Kitchen-aid...they used to be the shiznit, but I think its like Maytag, you gotta spend above consumer grade stuff to get a good product...
                  Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
                  You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

                  Derek

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dishwasher question

                    Just for those with too much time on their hands....

                    "How come only expensive parts break?"


                    Cactus Man

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                    • #11
                      Re: Dishwasher question

                      I bought a G.E profile dishwasher 11 years ago and its great. Washes until the dishes are clean....no matter how long or how short the cycle is,the machine decides. Another one of those fancy sensors I guess

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                      • #12
                        Re: Dishwasher question

                        Originally posted by cactusman View Post
                        Just for those with too much time on their hands....

                        "How come only expensive parts break?"


                        Cactus Man
                        How else can they pay those CEO's million dollar bonuses?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Dishwasher question

                          Originally posted by Pipestone Kid View Post
                          How else can they pay those CEO's million dollar bonuses?
                          ....Government Conspiracy....
                          Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
                          You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

                          Derek

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