The chopper was broken, the screen was clogged

ApplianceWhirlpool Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers
Socket set


Feb 07, 2012

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Somehow, a wooden chopstick found it's way to the chopper (a small disposal in your dishwasher), and broke the (plastic) rotor. Food was no longer being finely chopped, and was unable to pass through a filter screen. This reduced water pressure, and prevented effective operation of the upper spray arm. It is not difficult to get to the chopper to make the repair. Refer to the guide taped to the backside of the floor panel. Note that the chopper can be accessed through the bottom of the tub itself. Remove the spray tube from the wash module manifold, then twist the manifold CCW to release it. Then, remove attaching screws to the screen, foreign object protector and inlet protector to reach the chopper assembly. I replaced the broken chopper and reversed procedure.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Chopper Assembly

Part Number: PS392939

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