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built may 2002 I think. Unit was used up until about mid 2008. So it's been sitting about 3.5 years.

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Old 12-13-2011, 11:24 PM
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built may 2002 I think.

Unit was used up until about mid 2008. So it's been sitting about 3.5 years. Any precautions I should use before firing it up?

If it does leak, what is most likely the problem? I'm just planning whether to replace or fix...

The last time I tried this on a friend's dishwasher that was unused for about 6 months...the motor was stuck. I went in there with a stick, freed up the motor. We thought...wow, that's great! Turned it on....and water was pouring out underneath! He just bough the foreclosure, and had the 1 year home warranty so they took care of it. Lucky for him.

In my case...it's on my own tab...


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Old 12-14-2011, 12:20 AM
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Your friend's dishwasher was probably a GE. Very common.

One thing I would do is pour about a gallon of water in the tub before turning the dishwasher on. Some of the water will end up inside the pump, hopefully lubricating the impeller seal somewhat. That seal is what would usually crack after a long period of non usage. The seal is number 23 on this diagram Pump and motor parts replacement parts for WHIRLPOOL GU1200XTLB0 UNDERCOUNTER DISHWASHER | AppliancePartsPros.com You don't want to run a dishwasher dry.

This is how I would do it:
- Visually inspect all the hoses. Replace if bad.
- Connect the dishwasher properly (water, drain, then power).
- Pour about a gallon of water inside the dishwasher tub.
- Remove the bottom kick panel.
- Start the dishwasher. You want to make sure that the fill cycle is working and your dishwasher is getting water. Your dishwasher will first go in to drain cycle and will drain most of the water you had poured in it, leaving some inside the pump. Next, after about 30 seconds, it will go in to fill cycle. Make sure your dishwasher is filling with water. You will hear a hissing sound if it is. You can also open the door slowly for visual inspection. If the dishwasher is not filling with water, turn it off. You'd want to take care of this issue first (probably a bad water valve - a cheap and easy repair). If it is filling with water, keep it going while paying attention to any water leaks around the pump area (the kick panel was removed so that you can see in there).

If you spot a leak, most likely the seal I mentioned earlier is cracked. You have three options at this point:

1. Replace the seal (comes with either #23 or #22 impeller kit; I'd get #22, the price is almost the same) - this is a cheap job that will probably take about two hours.

2. Replace the whole pump/motor assembly. Somewhat expensive, but will take less time since you don't have to rebuild the old pump (option 1).

3. Buy a new dishwasher.

Hopefully this answers your questions. Let us know how it goes.
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Yes, I think my friend's was a GE. Builder grade...the house was vacant in the summer(around 90-105F) for a few months, and the dishwasher does face the back house wall...so I can see it drying up.

I had a GE before in the middle of the kitchen...it would get stuck every 3-6 months from non-use, and I kick started it at least a half dozen times with better luck, meaning no lucks.

Thanks for pointing out the seal, part #23...I would have not known which one to get. I take it I just pop the seal out with some pliers/flat blade and slide the new one on.

btw, does anyone know if this even a good dishwasher? I mean, if I buy an entry level Bosch for say $600-800, am I going to be that much more impressed? I'm trying to convince the wife ....that there are good dishwashers that don't need to be precleaned(just scraped) but I'm not sure if the current 10 year old one is going to cut it. fyi...we haven't used a D/W for years but now that the family has expanded, it's a good time to fire it up.
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