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Title: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on September 26, 2007, 11:03:59 AM
HI!
Thanks to the video I found here I was able to find out that the chopper assembly of my dishwasher is screwed up. The blade is not even attached to the shaft anymore. I found the blade, cap, and metal washer inside on the bottom of the chopper chamber. I found one round metal shaped like a dime and I can't figure out where it came from. Is it even part of the dishwasher or is it just something that got in there somehow?

I attached a picture of it. Sorry about the pic, I used my cell phone :)

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Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: AJ on September 26, 2007, 11:17:18 AM
Hi,

Can't think of what part of the dishwasher that would have come from.
Maybe it's just something that got in with the dishes.

Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on September 26, 2007, 12:19:37 PM
Thanks!  O0
I'm hoping my part comes in today so I can go ahead and install it and give my first dishwasher repair a try!  :D
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: AJ on September 26, 2007, 12:54:37 PM
That would be great!
Keep us updated. Glad the video helped you out.

Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on September 26, 2007, 08:43:31 PM
I guess shipping takes a while from where I ordered it from, not due til Monday. Oh well, while I'm at it. I attached a picture of the heating element from the dishwasher and I'm a little worried that it too would need replacing. That or it just got covered by a couple of years worth of buildup.  Please advise, thanks.



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Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: AJ on September 27, 2007, 11:50:51 AM
Looks like build up from hard water.
I would try it with the new chopper and see how it works first.

Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on October 17, 2007, 10:37:34 AM
Hello again!
Sorry for the very delayed update but I finally got that chopper assembly installed. I'm getting more water movement in the top area but the cleaning result is still not as good as it was a couple of years back. I've added the rinse aid but no go.

Anything else that might be the cause of poor wash? Heat doesn't seem to be it.
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: apptech on October 17, 2007, 12:30:08 PM
Do you have a water softener?
If so you need to get it check and if not you need to get one.
From the looks of that heating element in the bottom of the dishwasher it has been running a long time with hard water.

You really need softwater for the soap to work good.

Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on October 17, 2007, 12:35:27 PM
No softener installed. :(
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: rickgburton on October 17, 2007, 05:24:55 PM
That round metal part you found inside the dishwasher looks like the knock out plug from a food disposer. Try this; Buy a box of glass magic from your local grocery store. Use it in place of your regular soap not with it untill gone then go back to your regular soap.
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on October 17, 2007, 05:29:20 PM
I will try that redbeard. Thank you.
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: rickgburton on October 17, 2007, 06:42:27 PM
Please post back and let us know how it worked.
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on October 17, 2007, 07:12:55 PM
Hi again.
redbeard, I just came back to reread your instruction on the glass magic. You're saying I should just use plain glass magic as substitute for soap until I use up all the contents of the box from regular use and then switch back to regular dish washing soap?

Thanks!
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: rickgburton on October 17, 2007, 07:22:27 PM
Yes, use it in place of your soap. It's a small box and will usualy take a week or so before its gone. Then go back to your regular soap. I think (hoping) you'll be pleasantly surprised. ;)
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: sparky823 on October 17, 2007, 08:49:30 PM
If that doesn't help get you a bottle of Dishwasher Magic at Wal Mart and run it through. It might take two bottles.

A lady from another forum had a Whirlpool that was doing similar to yours(she didnt need a part, just not cleaning well) and she used the dishwasher magic (2 bottles) and it fixed hers.

The Glass Magic may be the same thing also. I would try it and see cause I know the techs here know more than me .

Let us know if it worked.
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: reybie on October 22, 2007, 05:53:33 PM
The glass magic is working much better than the regular soap. I did buy 2 bottles of the dishwasher cleaner (I forgot the exact name). I used one already and the heating element looks much much better than it used to.

I'll run the other bottle again during the weekend and see if clears up the rest of the gunk in the dishwasher.

Thanks for the tips guys. So far so good. By the time I'm done with this, the washer should be good as new :)
Title: Re: whirlpool dishwasher chopper
Post by: AJ on October 22, 2007, 07:28:20 PM
Thats great.  O0

Thanks for the update..