Question about Kenmore 24 in. 15142 Built-in Dishwasher
We have a fairly new (2 months old) Kenmore Elite Dishwasher. Just recently I have noticed that it will run a couple cycles normally and then it has problems. Seems that it either doesn't fill with enough water for it to run or maybe the spray arms don't get rotating? It will kind of surge like it is trying to get going, then be quiet for 30 seconds or so and then surge again? I've checked the filter and it is clean. What could be the problem? THank you!
Hi: I just posted a similar problem, but found a solution. After taking the arm, etc. apart (and verifying no blockages), I thought maybe the lack of water pressure was being caused by the fact that there are TWO holes for the top spray arm (higher and lower rack setting) on my model. ie. that water was being forced out of both holes, causing a drop in water pressure, which was causing the top spray arm to stop spinning. I plugged the unused hole with a wine bottle cork (to keep the water from spraying out the unused hole), and voila, it now works.
I wish all appliance fixes were this easy...!
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
On the LG LDF xxxx dishwasher family, the Vario feature uses a motor/check valve to switch between "full power" cleaning from _either_ the lower or the upper spray arms, never at the same time. So, not seeing the upper arm spin during the lower arm spinning is standard operating procedure.
But back to your problem. Step one would be to remove the filter assembly again and make certain that there is nothing (debris, broken glass) blocking the white areas where the check valve rotates to switch between upper/lower spray arms. A blockage there ~could~ cause impotent spraying/cleaning.
If there is no blockage and the impeller remains in good shape, suspect a failing wash pump motor. Try to isolate the noise to that motor.
Watch for error codes on the display and report back what you find, OK?
Posted on May 14, 2009
ck. flow press. of water , when fill solenoid opens press. should be @20 p.s.i because this is a time fill machine. this is important .not static press. flow press. also ck the screened washers in the fill hose to see if they are plugged .let me know what you find so i can futher assist. dont forget to vote tks
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
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I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...
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