Question about Kenmore Dishwashers
A couple of months ago our GE(Sears) dishwasher stopped pumping out the dirty water after washing a load of dishes. We diagnosed the problem as a bad pump and I replaced it. We've had very poor cleaning since changing the pump. I thought maybe my wife wasn't using hot enough water or cheap dishwasher soap, but after a couple of months of very dirty dishes I finally looked into it and found that water enters the tub during the start of the wash cycle but either not enough or its draing out almost as quick as it's going in. The water level doesn't even cover the entire floor of the tub. Spary arms are ok and spray a little it until there is no more water left to spray. Can the water inlet valve be bad in that it doesn't let enough water in? Is it possable for the water to drain out during the wash cycle? Did I maybe not hook something up right when I installed the pump? Could the new pump be bad? Pump p/n WD26X10013
I believe there is a screen/filter on the water line before or at the water fill valve. If that gets plugged it can restrict the flow. The fill valve can also fail/get plugged and restrict the flow.
Also, dishwashers usually have a level sensor to tell when there is enough water to do the wash. It may be a float inside the tub that operates a mechanical switch or it may have a hose to a pressure sensor. Either type can get greasy/dirty/plugged and as a result cause improper water levels.
Check both the water supply filter/fill valve and the level sensor. One or both of those may be involved.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the washer is not used regularly the shaft can stick to the seals and prevent the motor from spinning. This happens quite regularly for me if I don't use the washer often. You can just take off the bottom panel - after shutting off power to the dishwasher - and access the motor. you should see some fins and then just try to spin the motor by hand. It usually takes about 90 degrees of rotation before the motor breaks free from the seal. You'll have to fight through the spring-like resistance created by the seal-shaft adhesion. After it breaks free the motor spins freely and you should be all set to go. I haven't found a more permanent fix for this other than running the dishwasher more regularly.
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
I did check out the Drain Hose. It is not clogged. I also pulled out the dishwasher from the cabinet and replaced the Drain Pump. You mentioned the Drain Valve. How and Where can I check out the Drain Valve??? If I hit Start/Restart twice It drains a little at a time until all the water is drained out. The next and all other times leaves the 2 inches of water in the Dishwasher. Jack
Posted on Apr 23, 2008
If you are still trying to sort out this issue try the following.
From what you say then it is most likely the aqua sensor on the side of the dishwasher. The gurgling sounds that you hear are likely the drain pump running and the un-drainable water sloshing in the sump.
Verify that there is actually water going to the dishwasher( Basic step but often overlooked)
Next the inlet valve will have to be checked. This is the part where the water line from the house connects to the dishwasher, under the toe/kick panel. Remove power from the dishwasher. Disconnect the dishwasher electrical connections (2 wires) to the inlet valve and connect it (carefully to 110 V power) using a jumper wire. With 110V power the valve should open and water will flow into the dishwasher, if not then the fault is in the inlet valve.
If this checks fine then the fault is likely in the aqua sensor...
On the outer left side (viewed from front) there is a panel, Behind this panel there is a small clear(of light blue) plastic mechanism with hoses and wires attached( There is usually a yellow disk at the top about 6cm in diameter) this is a float and sensor assembly there is tells the control the water level and works as an emergency drain if there is an issue. There will be a red stick protruding downward to the base and a Styrofoam float on which the stick rests. This is a pan overflow sensor if the stick is too high the unit will go into drain and cut off the fill valve power. The yellow disk is a diaphragm which senses water height. This unit can become stuck with wear and hard water.
Posted on Jul 28, 2008
Check disposer plug. If a garbage disposer has been recently installed, it is possible the disposer drain plug was not removed. The drain plug is a plastic piece in the disposer that blocks the hole where the dishwasher hose connects. Also check the hose connected to the disposal. Mine apparently had a kink in it. When I straightened the hose the dishwasher drained at full speed (I recently had a plumber re-route a hot waterline. He must has bent the hose). Hope this helps. If not go to the GE website. That's where I found my answer.
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
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