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Identifying a Clogged Dishwasher Spray Arm

Your dishwasher works wonders to keep your dishes clean — but sometimes, its interior parts like the spray arm might clog from a buildup of food, soap, and mineral deposits over time. If the openings of the spray arm are clogged, it won’t be able to distribute water evenly throughout the dishwasher during a cycle.

How Do I Know If My Spray Arm Is Clogged?

If your dishes are coming out dirty or you notice low water pressure, your dishwasher’s spray arm may be to blame. If your dishwasher is struggling to operate, inspect the spray arm for any potential clogs.

How to Check for Clogs in Your Spray Arm

  • Open your dishwasher and find the spray arm. Some dishwashers only have one, which you can find at the base of the compartment. In some cases, your dishwasher may have one at the bottom and one under the top tray.

    To remove the spray arms, hold the arm at the center point, then twist and pull gently. It should twist off.

  • Look closely at the spray arm(s). All the holes should be clean and clear of debris. If you see food or dirt in the holes, your spray arm needs to be unclogged.

    If the holes look clean, you may be overloading your dishwasher. Washing too many dishes at once or distrubuting them unevenly can also affect the spray arm's ability to distribute water properly.

If the spray arm doesn't seem to be the issue, consider other reasons for dirty dishes.

What To Do About A Clogged Spray Arm?

The best way to handle a clogged spray arm is to clean it. You can try using a toothpick to scoop out any food buildup or run the spray arm under hot water. To prevent future clogs, make sure to remove big pieces of food from your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher racks.

If the spray arm doesn’t seem to be the problem, there may be something else causing issues with your dishwasher. Reach out to one of our Remote Assist technicians that can offer a virtual diagnosis and help guide you through the issue!

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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