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When a dishwasher won’t clean dishes, one of the first likely causes is the pump outlet. This part connects the main water supply tube to the pump and spray arms. If it cracks, water pressure decreases and will not properly shoot out of the spray arms to effectively wash food particles away. Here’s how to fix a Whirlpool dishwasher in just a few minutes with replacement part 8194582.
1. Unplug appliance. Even though this repair doesn’t involve electrical components, unplugging or flipping the circuit
breaker to major appliances (especially major appliances with water) better ensures your safety.
2. Access spray arms. Open the dishwasher door and remove lower rack. Unscrew spray arm central piece and fully remove, along with arms and bearings. One metal bearing is in the spray arm apparatus, and the other is below resting on the pump outlet.
3. Remove pump outlet. There are eight screws holding the pump outlet in place below the spray arm apparatus. Use a
screwdriver to remove the screws. Set them aside for later use since the replacement parts do not come with replacement screws. Disconnect from supply tube. Remove the old pump seal with flathead screwdriver.
4. Install replacement part. Put seal in housing and connect pump outlet to water supply tube. Make sure outlet is aligned with holes and screw into position.
5. Put the dishwasher back together. Reinstall bearings and spray arm apparatus. Make sure it spins with friction or tension.
Special thanks to Fred’s Appliance Academy for this helpful tip.