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Kenmore Dishwasher #587.... doing nothing but heat dry

Filled dishwasher, sounded like it ran through a cycle but noticed that 3 hours later it was still on Heat dry.... when I opened it some of the plastic had melted and nothing was clean. Tested again and there is no water running through the DW but the heat works.... believe me!

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  • Christy Hennemann Nov 20, 2006

    BTW it's only 1 1/2 year old....

  • Stephen Hicks
    Stephen Hicks Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem, and mine is also only 2 years old.

  • kittymcneill Jan 05, 2009

    Yes, I have the same problem. Do you have a solution yet?

    Will not fill with water and clicks red light to dry heat.

  • jng442 Feb 19, 2009

    After running the dishwasher through a wash cycle, I find that all the dishes are still dirty, and the soap is now lying in a pile near the float thing at the bottom left corner. The heat and water do work.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    dishwasher starts the cycle the bottom fills with water then shuts off,start the dishwasher again the water drains out then nothing

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    I have an LG LD1403W1 dishwasher and the other day we had a smell (burnt plastic) it took some time to locate the source, but found it was the dishwasher. I removed the front panel and the actuator coil that opens the vent for the drying fan had fused and melted. removed and replaced, all OK. have run the unit through a cycle and the fan did not seem to operate, have checked the LG service manual and opperated in test mode, the fan is not operating, could this be deeper (PCB)? or something else?




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The problem appears to stem from the float and float switch. The float is a mushroom shaped plastic part that resides on the bottom left, just inside the door. It appears that the float does not release the float switch, causing the dishwasher to think it is full of water, and won't allow the dishwasher to fill. It's a relatively straight forward repair, but even with a new part, the same scenario is likely to repeat itself until the float or float switch is modified by Kenmore.

Posted on Nov 01, 2007


Where is the reset button found on a Kenmore 587 model dishwasher???...HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jun 26, 2008


Did you ever find a solution to this problem? We are having this exact same problem with a brand new dishwasher.

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