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Dishwasher Still Not Cleaning?

Why do my “clean” dishes still look dirty? Is this dishwasher even working?

If you’ve asked yourself these questions then we’re in the same boat. A few posts ago I discussed how I cleaned our dishwasher and changed from a gel detergent to a powder. It took a few weeks but the dishes started to look amazing. One assumption is that the gel and powder didn’t play nice together. Not to mention there was unidentifiable grime underneath our coarse filter that I couldn’t remove without a grinder (just kidding, please don’t use a grinder on your dishwasher-it won’t work out well in the end).

So I cleaned the dishwasher the best I could and sure enough the grimy film dissipated over several weeks.


This past weekend I bit the bullet and decided to purchase both the center and lower spray arms.

The total cost with tax plus shipping & handling was $36.

The parts that you will need to order for your dishwasher repair:

  • Center Spray Arms
  • Lower Spray Arms
  • (Both of which should be available from
Spray Arms Are Cheap

And since the arms were super easy to remove I decided it was a no-brainer to do this fix myself.

Why would you want to do the same thing?

Well, I noticed that GE (the maker of our 4-year-old dishwasher) redesigned the center spray arm.

Different Spray Arms

They repositioned some of the holes and made them bigger in certain areas. This confirmed my suspicion that the engineering kinda sucked. Sorry for my harsh words but it’s completely frustrating that

  1. A relatively new dishwasher wasn’t cleaning THE DISHES
  2. We didn’t get any notice about the redesign!!

Okay, I admit that I’m being a bit whiny about this whole ordeal. There are worse things happening around the world than dishwasher dismay.

But here’s the lesson, if your dishwasher isn’t performing the way you want it too then maybe check to see if the spray arms are clogging and replace them. You can buy the arms separately and in fact the center assembly was a WHOPPING $8.30.

I bet you any money that your spray arms can be found at All you need is the model number of your dishwasher to find every part you could possibly need. Plus, you can return a part for any reason within 365 days of placing your order-now that’s customer service.

What’s Next

It’s always a good idea to try and clean the dishwasher before replacing the arms. You might just save yourself some money.

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Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.



Dishwashers Not Cleaning