Amana Dishwasher Not Spraying Water: How to Fix

There are several reasons why your Amana dishwasher is not spraying water. This problem could be mechanical or electrical. In most cases, it is usually a mechanical problem that would require you to inspect the components of the dishwasher.

To get started with how to fix an Amana dishwasher that isn”t spraying water, we recommend you keep your owner’s manual close by.

Amana Dishwasher Not Spraying Water: How to Fix

amana dishwasher not spraying water

Check for Circulation Pump Failure

The circulation pump is needed to circulate water inside the dishwasher by pumping it through the machine’s spray arm and several other parts. When working correctly. The pump will spray water at the right pressure to clean the dishes in the dishwasher.

With continuous use, the circulation pump is prone to failure. When this happens, water won’t be able to circulate within the machine as it normally would. This will make it more difficult for dishwashing soap or detergent to dissolve, leading to blockages in other parts like the spray ar.

Solution

To fix this problem, you would have to replace the failed circulation pump. Doing this will require locating the circulation pump in the machine. You might want to try going this the DIY way, however, it is recommended that you get a technician to locate and replace the circulation pump.

Circulation Pump Could Be Clogged

Most times, you won’t be dealing with a failed circulation pump but rather a clogged pump. If you’ve been using your dishwasher for a few months and have not performed any cleaning or you tend to add dishes without scraping food particles off them, chances are these bits of food are the problem.

The dishwasher comes with filters that are designed to remove these items from the water supply. However, not washing the filter as frequently as recommended by the manufacturer could cause the filter to fail to do its job causing these foreign items to clog the pump. When this happens, the spray arm might not be able to spray water at a strong pressure to clean the dishes.

Solution

To fix this problem, you will have to access the circulation pump. This can be pretty tricky as you would have to remove access panels, hoses, and electrical connectors to access the pump.

Using the owner’s manual, you should be able to access the pump with ease. When there, remove any dirt, debris, and hard objects that might have been stuck at the impeller. Using the manual, reinstall the pump in the dishwasher and run a cycle to see if it works.

Clogged Spray Arms

The spray arms of the dishwasher are long plastic arms with openings in them that allow pressurized water to spray out and wash the places in the appliance. As the spray arm release water, it will spin to ensure all the contents of the dishwasher are sprayed evenly.

The openings of the dishwasher are designed to be very small which means tiny food particles, dirt, and debris can easily clog them. This is most likely to happen if the dishwasher’s filters are damaged or dirty.

Solution

Fixing the spray arm is very easy. You can easily reach the spray arms since they are located in the dishwashing area. Once you’ve removed the spray arms from the machine, you will have to flush them with water to loosen up any clogged items.

You can also use an old toothbrush out of the holes on the spray arm. Kettle brushes and toothpicks can also get the job done. After that, you should use some white vinegar to give the spray arm a thorough flushing

Water Inlet Valve Could be Clogged or Damaged

The water inlet valve controls the flow of water from your home water supply into the dishwasher. The value is designed to open and as needed to ensure sufficient water supply while preventing overfilling. If your dishwasher doesn’t spray, it could be due to a faulty water inlet valve.

The water inlet valve could become clogged from any debris or due to contamination from your home water supply. It is also possible that the water inlet valve is faulty due to consistent use. When damaged, the water inlet valve will fail to open and shut as it normally would and no water will be able to flow into the dishwasher.

Solution

To fix this problem, you would have to inspect the water inlet valve. You will have to disconnect the power and water supply. After that, follow the instructions on the owner’s manual on how to access and remove the water inlet valve. Inspect the valve to see if it is clogged.

After that, you can remove any debris. However, if you notice any burn marks or burn smells, it could indicate the valve is burnt out and would have to be replaced. To replace the water inlet valve, follow the instructions in your owner’s manual.

Chopper Blade Could be Clogged Or Partially Clogged

With certain models, you will find a component known as a chopper blade. The function of the chopper blade is to cut up any more significant food particles into smaller bits. Smaller food particles are easier to pump out of the machine once the washing cycle is complete.

With continuous use, the blades would become jammed or clogged. This is most likely to happen if you don’t scrape your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. When the chopper blade gets jammed, the wash pump will stop spinning, which will bring the dishwasher to a halt.

Solution

To fix this, you will need to get a technician. The chopper blade is quite sharp and could lead to cuts if not handled properly. If you want to handle this yourself, then you should ensure that the power is turned off first. Locate the chopper blade.

Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual to access the chopper blade. Inspect the area and the chopper blade to see if there is anything causing in there. When done, rotate the blade by hand to confirm that it turns. After that, put everything back together again.

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  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.