Whirlpool Dishwasher not Spraying Water (3 Quick Methods)

Whirlpool is one of the top manufacturers of dishwashers – they make a fantastic product. However, sometimes, they also malfunction.

One common issue Whirlpool dishwasher owners reported is their dishwasher not spraying water on the dishes.

Luckily, there is a straightforward fix that should resolve 90% or so of Whirlpool dishwasher that stops spraying water.

Whirlpool dishwasher not spraying water

If your Whirlpool dishwasher stops spraying water on the dishes, you need to reset it. First, unplug your dishwasher from the power outlet and wait for 5 minutes. While the dishwasher is unplugged, press and hold the start button for 1 minute to drain the residual power. After complete 5 minutes, plug your Whirlpool dishwasher back in.

If you have trouble resetting your Whirlpool dishwasher, please refer to our detailed guide on how to do that.

If resetting your Whirlpool dishwasher does not resolve the issue, try the additional fixes detailed below:

Remove some Dishes

If you put excessive dishes in your dishwasher, it won’t operate. The reason is that each dishwasher has a maximum capacity beyond which it cannot clean the dishes.

Secondly, adding too many dishes can block the water sprayer from reaching other dishes.

I never recommend fully loading your dishwasher and leaving a quarter of room for better cleaning and optimal performance.

Check Water Supply

If removing some dishes from your Whirlpool dishwashers does not do the trick, then the next thing you should check is whether the water supply to the dishwasher is turned on or not.

Also, ensure that the inlet water pressure is within the dishwasher range. If it is too low, your Whirlpool dishwasher won’t operate.

Clean the Dishwasher Spray Arm

As its name suggests, the spray arms on the Whirlpool dishwasher are responsible for circulating and spraying the water on the dishes. They have small holes which does the spraying function.

Inspect the spray arm holes and see if they are clogged or not. You can clean them with a toothpick or small needle if they are clogged.


If your Whirlpool dishwasher is not spraying water, don’t panic, and try the following troubleshooting methods to fix it:

  • Remove some dishes
  • Check water supply
  • Clean the spray arm

If you still have issues with your Whirlpool dishwasher, contact Whirlpool support at +1-866-698-2538. They are available Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM EST.

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