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Kenmore elite dishwasher making loud buzzing sound when washing

It sounds like there is something lodged down somewhere in my dishwasher as it is making a loud buzzing sound when it the arm is turning while washing, the dishes are clean, it is still working, but can i fix this myself, will i damage the machine by running it?

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  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    I have the exact same problem! I bought the dishwasher about 2 years ago (ultrawash quiet guard premium) and it ran very quietly until about a month ago. I tried decalcifying it but no luck. It's soooo loud. Can anyone help?

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    Same deal, I suspect the motor bearing but will have to investigate. Anyone have a clue out there? How about Kenmore? Any advisories?

    cjs

  • vthai61 Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem. I took apart the dishwasher last night and was able to get to the food chopper. I removed it and it didn't look like it was clogging. I put everything back together and ran it without dishes and seemed a little quieter, but no where near normal sounding. Today my wife ran it with dishes and says the noise is back. It's defining. We use to be able to carry a conversation while in the kitchen, now we can barely carry one if we're in the next room! It's suppose to be an "Ultra Quiet" model! Yeah right! I called Sears and it's past the 1 years warranty, so they won't do anything for me. I'm waiting to see if this is a recall issue but have yet to see my model listed. I'm going to take the motor off from behind the dishwasher tonight and see if there's water getting to the bearings as other sites have suggested.

  • vthai61 Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem. I took apart the dishwasher last night and
    was able to get to the food chopper. I removed it and it didn't look
    like it was clogging. I put everything back together and ran it
    without dishes and seemed a little quieter, but no where near normal
    sounding. Today my wife ran it with dishes and says the noise is
    back. It's defining. We use to be able to carry a conversation while
    in the kitchen, now we can barely carry one if we're in the next room!
    It's suppose to be an "Ultra Quiet" model! Yeah right! I called Sears
    and it's past the 1 years warranty, so they won't do anything for me.
    I'm waiting to see if this is a recall issue but have yet to see my
    model listed. I'm going to take the motor off from behind the
    dishwasher tonight and see if there's water getting to the bearings as
    other sites have suggested.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    Same model, same problem as the rest.

  • Artstudio1 May 11, 2010

    We are having the same problem with our Kenmore Elite Ultra Quiet dishwasher. After two years of use, out of nowhere, our dishwasher got much, much louder. It is unbearable compared to what it used to sound like. The dishwasher still cleans but the noise is terrible. We have had nothing but trouble with Kenmore Elite appliances. We had major problems with our refrigerator, stove, and now our dishwasher. We are done with Sears Kenmore appliances. I suspect many of the parts are manufactured in China (which are junk). It will be hard to find someone who produces a top of the line dishwasher that isn't made from parts that were made in China. We are looking into Bosch, Kitchenaid, or Fridgidaire. Nonetheless we are dropping Sears Kenmore Elite appliances for good.

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I had the same problem with by Kemore Ultrawash after two years. The motor bearing went bad because the seal went out and dish water got to the bearing. If you are handy, this motor comes out after taking the dishwasher out. I was surprised how easily the motor came apart from the dishwasher, a good design. The motor has three screws that holds it together, I took them out and took the motor apart.
I took the old beaing off the shaft with a grinder, careful not to groove the motor shaft. I did, but just put some high temp silicone caulk in the groove before I put the new bearing on the shaft. I bought a new bearing on the internet, it is a 22mm x 8mm x 7mm. I bought one that went in a small engine, a quality one. I placed it on the shaft, put the motor back together and put the dishwasher back together. It has run quiet and great for many weeks now. I expect the dishwasher may last many years now, because the bearing I took out was a cheap aftermarket one, and the new one is vastly superior in quality.

Good luck and fire away with any questions. I love this dishwasher and am glad I could fix it for 19$ and some of my time.

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Several sites on the Internet suggest doing some basic disassembly on the inside bottom of the dishwasher to locate and remove fragments that may be interfering with the cutter blade of the built-in chopper. Much like a garbage disposal, most dishwashers chops up larger waste particles to be able to flush them down the drain.

I have a 2-year old Kenmore and followed these directions to locate and remove a tooth pick as well as some plastic/alumimum fragment of a medicine pill tablet. Unfortunately in my case this did not resolve the noise issue. Having found these 2 fragments I didn't investigate further and reassembled the 4-5 pieces I removed. All together it took me about 20 minutes to do this. I am leery to call-in a service professional as the dishwasher is working, albeit a noisy.


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