Question about Kenmore 24 in. 16534 Built-in Dishwasher

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Extended Cycle and No Dry

My dishwasher is about 4 years old and is a replacement of one that blew an element within the first six minths under warranty. What starts as a 78 minute cycle on smart wash lasts upwards of 2 hours while it is heat-pausing. (I keep my water heater turned up quite high -- which offsets any savings I'm getting from this energy-saving dishwasher! ) As well, the heat dry is ineffective and unless I open the door immediately and allow the dishes to air dry, they are still dripping when the cycle is complete. I'm guessing either an element or thermostat. I'm pretty handy - - can I replace either myself and how do I go about finding out which one? Has anyone else had problems with this model? My aunt has one and has exactly the same problems.

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  • Penny Stinson Jan 04, 2007

    Thanks, this makes sense. My unit starts with FP21 (but Canadian numbers don't always jibe with US) but this sounds right. Will check out as soon as I can and report back.

    Thanks again.
    Pennys

  • mlsnts Feb 06, 2009

    My element also went bad. I am trying to find a diagram of how to replace it. Any idea where I can get one?

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Pennys, If your serial number begins with FM27 through FM33, there was a service flash regarding the heating element not heating the water enough. If you can use a meter, you can ohm out the element. It should read between 10 and 35 ohms. The recomended part number for the replacement is 8572861 for plastic tub and 8194200 for stainless. If you remove the bottom toe panel there should be a tech sheet attached. Here you will find the procedure for using the test mode to test other componets of the dishwasher. To answer your last question, there has been many problems with this issue on this dishwasher. Catriver...post back.

Posted on Jan 04, 2007

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I broke down and called in a service tech. Yes, the element was shot but once replaced, the thing works like it was supposed to! Unfortunately the cost makes you appreciate why people are now replacing rather than repairing.

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