Question about Kenmore 24 in. 15173 Stainless Steel Built-in Dishwasher
New construction home owned since 9/2007 and in the past month our dishwasher has been making a loud pulsating grinding sound during the wash cycle. When I open the door there is no water in the washer. After shutting it the noise stops and I can hear water entering into the machine followed by a short wash cycle before it drains and grinds again. seems to happen two or three times during each wash. Looking for a possible fix before I call out a repair person
This isn't a solution but rather a comment, if the problem is happening only during the fill, then it could be the water inlet valve. Perhaps there is a soliniod going in the valve, watch to see if the fill cycle starts to dimminish over time. Does the sound come anytime the washer fills, ie: rinse cycle? if so I would replace the valve, probably 50 dollars would get you a new one and you can do it yourself to save a little more cash. good luck.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
I have a very similar dishwasher, with a very similar problem. I fixed it by removing debris from the water evacuator pump located towards the front of the bottom of the machine (the last motor before the drain hose. In my case, grape stems had clogged it up. Once emptied, it purrs once again. NOTE: don't disassemble the motor, just flush it out, there is an o-ring gasket that is a bear to re-install.
Posted on Sep 04, 2009
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If you select the Normal Cycle, twice during the cycleyou will hear the wash motor going on and off at amuch different cadence. The pump will pulse severaltimes, repeatedly turning on for less than a secondand off for 10 seconds. This allows it to drive soils off the filter and into the drain while using very littlewater. If, after selecting the Normal Cycle, you select either the Sanitize or Hi-Temp Wash options your dishwasher will understand that a stronger wash is needed and it will not use this pulsing routine
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