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Frigidaire Ultra Quiet III - How is it that the bottom rack has plenty of water pressure and spins well and the top rack puts out a trickle of water and doesn't spin the washer blade. Is it a water pump (or what) that needs to be replaced or something else? If so, what's a ball park figure for the part? Doesn't appear to have anything clogging the ports. ~thanx
 

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I don't have a Model # for this is a portable dishwasher (Frigidaire Ultra Quiet III) that I am wanting to buy out of the newspaper. It features delayed start, pot scrubber, normal and light wash, extra water heat, etc.
I would think that the question regarding the basic function of how the water pressure reaches the top rack is generic to all dishwashers. None of the jets are clogged and water pressure to the lower rack is strong, but the amount of water coming out of the top to feed the top sprayer arm is just a trickle. I know this because when I open the door I can see that the sprayer arm had not moved. Then I put a glass upright on the top shelf to see how much water is coming out of the top port and after several minutes the glass only has about an inch of water in it, when it should be overflowing. Certainly not enough water or pressure to cause the top sprayer arm to rotate.

So would this be a water intake valve problem, a pump problem, or a possible clog somewhere between the pump and the top port?
 

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I would think that the question regarding the basic function of how the water pressure reaches the top rack is generic to all dishwashers
It might be if all the d/w's where the same....each manufacture is different and each manufacture has 2,3,4 different styles as well.

None of the jets are clogged and water pressure to the lower rack is strong, but the amount of water coming out of the top to feed the top sprayer arm is just a trickle. I know this because when I open the door I can see that the sprayer arm had not moved. Then I put a glass upright on the top shelf to see how much water is coming out of the top port and after several minutes the glass only has about an inch of water in it, when it should be overflowing. Certainly not enough water or pressure to cause the top sprayer arm to rotate.
Model# tells all....but many Frigidaire d/w's do not use both spray arms at the same time....approx 80% is lower and the upper only turns 20% of the time.

So would this be a water intake valve problem, a pump problem, or a possible clog somewhere between the pump and the top port?
Could be any of these or more.
Might be close to this mystery model...
http://www.applianceaid.com/frigidaire-new.html

jeff.
 
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