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Whirlpool dishwasher, rotary selection switch PROBLEM tablets are not dissolving. with any of the normal selection pgb

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  • brannigans Apr 13, 2009

    if i pull out the dishwasher is it easy to access and clear out the valve ??

    pgb

  • brannigans Apr 13, 2009

    will be accepting access through kick plate at front looks problematic. likely i will need a visit from repairman . your help very detailed am accepting now but there maybe a backup question?

  • brannigans Apr 13, 2009

    very good

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I think the problem is with your water valve of the dishwasher. It could be blocked with sediments/damaged and as a result it will only let water in once and there won't be nothing for the rest of the cycle. This might have happened with your dishwasher, and hence the water intake may not be sufficient enough to dissolve the tablets completely.

As the dishwasher is programmed, insufficient water intake may trouble the rest of the program functions as the solenoid switch on the value will sense that there is no water and hence stop all the further programs. In that case, It may not be with the rotary program selection switch. So before going for any replacement of the rotary program selector, confirm that the water valve is working properly.

Here is a picture of water valve with solenoid switch (orange colour):
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  • Arjun Komath Apr 13, 2009


    Testing a water inlet valve





    Note:

    Disconnect the power source to your dishwasher before you conduct this or any other test. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.
    Locate your dishwasher's water inlet valve. It should be located behind the lower kickplate panel in either the right or left corner. There will likely be two screws either on the top of the panel, or on its bottom. Remove these two screws, and then remove the kickplate. On some dishwasher models, the door has to be opened in order to gain access to, and remove the kickplate's screws. Close the door before you remove the kickplate panel.
    You will be able to identify the water inlet valve by the hoses that connect to it. There will be one hose feeding water from the house to the water valve, and another hose leading from the water valve that carries water away. Now is a good time to inspect your dishwasher's hoses, to make sure they aren't responsible for any water flow problems. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to the valve. Also check to make sure there are not kinks in the hoses. Kinks can impede the flow of water.
    There will be two wires connected to the water inlet valve. If your dishwasher's water inlet valve has two solenoids, then there will be four wires. Label the wires so that you will be able to correctly reconnect them later. The wires are connected using slip-on connectors. Grasp the connectors and pull on them firmly in order to disconnect the wires from the valve's terminals. Do not pull on the wires themselves. You may want to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to help you.
    Use your multitester to test the valve for continuity. Set the device to the ohms setting x 1. Touch each of the meter's probes to a terminal. If you receive a reading of infinity, it means the valve's solenoid is faulty and the valve needs to be replaced. If your valve has two solenoids (four terminals), test the second pair of terminals in the same manner. If either pair of terminals receives a result of infinity, replace the water inlet valve.
    You do not have to remove the water inlet valve from the dishwasher in order to test it. Just make sure power is not getting to your dishwasher before you conduct the test.
    Interestingly enough, it is entirely possible for your water inlet valve to pass the continuity test and still need replacing. This is because sometimes the valve itself is faulty, but its solenoids are not. For instance, a leaky valve may pass the continuity test, but because it is leaking, it should be replaced anyway. The same applies to valves that are filled with debris. The debris may be what is causing the valve to not function properly. If you are unable to clean out a debris-filled water inlet valve, you will have to replace it.


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  • Arjun Komath Apr 13, 2009

    Replacing a water inlet valve





    Note:

    Disconnect the power source to your dishwasher before you conduct this or any other repair. Either unplug the unit from the wall outlet, remove the appropriate fuse from the fuse box, or flip the appropriate breaker in the circuit breaker panel.

    Locate your dishwasher's water inlet valve. It should be located behind the lower kickplate panel in either the right or left corner. There will likely be two screws either on the top of the panel, or on its bottom. Remove these two screws, and then remove the kickplate. On some dishwasher models, the door has to be opened in order to gain access to, and remove the kickplate's screws. Close the door before you remove the kickplate panel.
    You will be able to identify the water inlet valve by the hoses that connect to it. There will be one hose feeding water from the house to the water valve, and another hose leading from the water valve that carries water away. Now is a good time to inspect your dishwasher's hoses, to make sure they aren't responsible for any water flow problems. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to the valve. Also check to make sure there are not kinks in the hoses.Turn off your dishwasher's water supply so that you can remove the hose attached to the water valve. The water supply turn-off is located beneath your sink. There will be a knob to turn or a lever to press down on. Alternatively, you can turn off the main water supply to your house at the main valve.
    Place a container below the hose to catch the water that falls out when you disconnect it. The hose that brings water to the valve will most likely screw in place like a garden hose. The hose that carries water away from the valve is probably held in place with a clamp.
    There will be two wires connected to the water inlet valve. If your dishwasher's water inlet valve has two solenoids, then there will be four wires. Label the wires so that you will be able to correctly reconnect them later. The wires are connected using slip-on connectors. Grasp the connectors and pull on them firmly in order to disconnect the wires from the valve's terminals. Do not pull on the wires themselves. You may want to use a pair of needle nosed pliers to help you.
    The valve itself will be secured to the dishwasher using at least two screws, but maybe more. Remove all the screws you find that hold the valve in place. Now you can remove the valve as well.
    Install your new water inlet valve in the same location where you just removed the old one. Secure it in place using the screws removed from the old valve. Reconnect the wires and hoses. Replace the lower kickplate panel and restore power to your dishwasher.




    Hope I helped with the repair of your problem.
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    Arjun.



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