Question about Kenmore 24 in. 16049 Built-in Dishwasher
Check the following to address this issue
1. No water
Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side), in which case replace the water valve.
2. Not enough water
If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).
3. Clogged spay arms
There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher. Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray arm.
4. Water temperature is too low
To get the best results, the water has to be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit when entering the dishwasher.
5. Not enough soap
If you only fill one part of the soap cup, try adding soap to both parts.
6. Smoky film on dishes and glasses
This problem occurs due to excessive calcium build up inside the dishwasher. Try cleaning you dishwasher using a dishwasher cleaner.
Posted on Jun 04, 2009
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Check float to insure that it is free to move, it sounds like the dishwasher is over filling. That is assumed that you have not changed the type or amount of detergent being used.Also there is a probability that the drain inside the machine could be plugged. Also check the latch and the rubber gasket/seal around the door.
Also it could be the water solenoid is faulty. The valve is staying open. In back of the lower front panel near the front you'll see copper tubing going into a blue or green plastic solenoid with two wires going to it. This is the water solenoid. Inside is a steel slug that moves to open the water feed. Yours is stuck open. So guess it's time for a new valve.
Dishwashers use an inverted cup float to measure the water level in the tub.
The tub has a tube extending up from the bottom that serves as a standpipe. The inverted cup has a rod that goes down through that tube and rests on a cam from the water level micro-switch. As water enters the tub air is trapped inside the inverted cup and the cup floats upwards as the water rises. In turn the rod rises and allows the cam on the micro switch to rise also. When the tub reaches its preset limit the float has raised high enough to allow the micro switch to open, which in turn closes the solenoid water valve turning the water off.
Often the shaft of the float switch or the inside of the standpipe tub gets coated with soap scum or cooking oil and making it gummy. This then sticks the float down so it cannot rise to signal when the tub is full.
Lift the float upwards, it is loose and will lift right out. Clean the inside of the cup, the rod which extends downward and the inside of the standpipe tube. Replace the cup and check the function. The cleaning should resolve your problem. If not the problem is either a defective micro switch or solenoid valve.
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