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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Model 665.16919001 Buzzzing sound

Buzzing sound came out of nowhere. One day quiet the next day buzzing sound. Followed steps to clean machine. Removed and disassembled racks, filters etc up to where the blade sets right ahead of a screen. Removed all debris, plastic toothpick, bread bag twist tie. No sign of leaks cleaned all parts and replaced. Result: No change. Machine still makes buzzing sound in wash and rinse cycles but not while draining or drying. Still cleans dishes but buzzing sound wearing me out. Any ideas. Stein

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Try running the dish washer a couple of times with out any dishes and see what happens.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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SOURCE: Dishes not clean in bottom rack of Whirlpool Quiet Partner I (du1048xtps4)

check to make sure your lower spray arm openings are not blocked.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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SOURCE: kenmore elite dishwasher making loud buzzing sound when washing

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.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite ultra wash dishwasher

When it is off, reach down around the base of the spray assy and run your fingers around the entire circular base where junk can get caught. I've found broken glass and plastic utensils. Why do some of us wash disposable utensils? Huh? You may find something like a piece of plastic, glass, or the like that is making the noise. Be careful not to cut yourself.

If this buzzying sound is not coming from the tub, and is actually below the tub and in front right side, it is most likely the electrical relay switch ( which can make that sound when it is straining or failing).

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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SOURCE: Loud Buzzing Sound from Dishwasher

have you ever seen green led "Clean" light flashing? before or about the same time the buzzing sound started? and if so that would indicate that the control senses a fault in the temperature rise during the heating cycle and that the electronic control could be reset by initiating a service diagnostic cycle.(which is what you were trying to do) pls reread your manual there are times during that sequence that some buttons have to be pushed at the same time and within a certain amount of time..possible that your machine also has a bad timer which would give you a buzzing noise..if thats the case I would recommend replacing the cpu or control board..or the machin all together..The Kenmore Ultra Wash Quiet Guard name is sears but whirpool has the contract to produce all "kenmore products.hope that helps.

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