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Kenmore dishwasher model # 665.15522000 leaking badly

My kenmore dishwasher model # 665.15522000 began leaking badly after 6 yrs. after troubleshooting, checking if it's still level, float, etc. i removed the front door panel to see water violently running over the top tub at the right hand corner (when facing) as the lower arm spun even on light wash. deflectors and door gasket seem fine. lower sprayarm has no visible cracks. pump seems fine (water is making it up to upper spray arm). after tricking the machine, i observed that the water intake and exit is fine. water level and float seem fine. it's almost like the machine gained power, thus creating a tidal wave and pushing the water over the top tub...badly! any advice would greatly appreciated. thanks, chris.

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  • lunkr3917 May 21, 2009



    no dice. the lower spray arm holes are clean and no cracks in rubber black bellow.

    any other advice would be greatly appreciated.


  • lunkr3917 May 22, 2009



    the door is tight. the lower and upper arms are swinging perfectly. the water level is fine. about a month ago the water was just trickling over the top it's flying over. like the lower arm is spinning too fast. almost 7 yrs. ago when i had this dishwasher installed by sears, i made the comment with excitement saying, " i'll be getting ten or fifteen years out of this one." only to be responded to by a chuckle, with him saying, "they begin breaking around seven." now i see in sears that some dishwashers are sold with plastic deflectors at the top tub line and at the bottom door gasket. that's not going to help if the motor is going to start spinning the lower arm faster and faster. like i said mine started out with a trickle. now it's a deluge. i'll check everything again but it seems that they build these machines to break after a while, if you know what i mean. three weeks ago, i even went as far as building my own splashguard with thin plastic and plumbers putty but that was when it was just a trickle. i am one who has always bought new equipment, have taken care of it so that it would last, knowing about the way companies build things and their departure from high standards. since it's all about money and sales! since i'm poor i'll continue to exhaust all my options, even mayne to go as far as replacing the arm even though i can't see anything wrong with it before i consider buying a new machine but i know it's probably not going to help since its the motor that is causing that lower arm to spin too fast...i thank you for your help and would welcome any other advice...boy o boy i wish everything could be made like my cast iron pan i bought for ten dollars. you buy one and it lasts for ten thousand years.

    thanks, chris

  • lunkr3917 May 24, 2009

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    i first have to give God glory for giving me the patience to endure. the problem is solved! i was at my wits ends trying to trouble shoot this problem and the solution was right there. there are 8 screws holding the outlet pump and rubber gasket in place and they were all lose. this forced not enough water to make it up the tower but enough to make the upper arm spin and make me think there was nothing wrong. i was just about to order a new lower arm and black rubber bellow when i noticed them. all this made it seem like those other things were happening like we discussed. praise God! maybe your frigidare friend that you mentioned has the same problem. anyway, thanks.




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Hi, Make sure the jets in the spray arm ore not plugged at all. Check the black bellows on top the lower spray arm and see if it has a split in it. Let me know if these help or if I can assist you further.


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    Victor May 22, 2009

    Well the only other thing I can think of is the water level should be no higher then the heating element. You are right, sounds like something is creating waves and the first thing to look at is the spray arm. Can you tell that the lower sarm is actually turning?
    These are things I look for first when I get on a job sight. Sounds like you have checked everything!! I see no more seals or deflectors other then door seal. Does the door latch adjust at all so that the door might close tighter?
    Just some ideas.


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    Victor May 22, 2009

    It is frustrating when something is going wrong but can't be pin pointed. They need a window in the door of the D/W so we can see what is actually going on. I just had a Frigidaire D/W today I am trying to figure out same symptoms.
    I hate that I can't give a definite answer. I hope the new spray arm is the answer.

    Good Luck

  • Victor
    Victor May 24, 2009

    I am glad you found out what was wrong. I have never seen this issue but, I can sure understand how it would give the wave effect.

    Take Care and thank you for letting me know.



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