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Disherwasher not filling all the way

My dishwasher doesn't fill up all the way.I think it has something with the float. I have to add at least 2 gallons of water on the wash and rinse cycles

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Re: disherwasher not filling all the way

Check first the filters on the inlet water line (both sides). Then, if problem still exist - check that the inlet water valve works(it is an electromagnet valve, located at the pipe's entrance to the machine)). If it doesn't work, test that it get power. In case it get power and doesn't work - You can easily open the valve and clean it (from scale or other dirt). Be aware you should disconnect the power cable from machine before doing it !!!! Check as well for valve's coil resistance. In case you don't have a resistance measurement - you should replace it for a new one. Let me know if you will need for further assistance. Good luck

Posted on Sep 09, 2007

Re: disherwasher not filling all the way

Well i just bought 3 of these and thought that something was wrong with them.......well im still working on the problem....even had a tech come a electrician myself.....but im not doing much to a brand new machine.....but this i have found and its a fact.....i plugged my meter into the socket that turns on the valve and it has power for 1 1/2 min if you have a water pressure problem want fill up in time think thats ****....cause there should be a water float that will not let the machine start until it says that enough water has been put still looking into this......but this machine has a timer that turns off the water......not a water level switch......

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Hi there. My Maytag MSE 760 FARS dishwasher is not filling, but the heating element is working. I suspect the pump has failed. What do I do?

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  1. the float in the tub.their may be something caught under it
  2. the water valve,use a meter set to check ac voltage and check for 120 volts ac at the plug to it,if has 120 when supposed to fill valve is bad so long at it has water supply to it
  3. the float switch,use meter set to lowest ohms setting and remove the 2 wires on float switch and check for continunity(zero ohms) if meter reads OL replace float switch
  4. the control,check for 120 volts ac to float switch when supposed to fill, if 120 at fill portion yet no fill ,replace control
  5. water supply,if uses flex tube something in cabinet under sink may have pinched water line
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The second cause could be the house supply got shut off under the sink, this would only happen if you had someone working under there.

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