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Low water level when"filled" - below heating element

I have a 3-year old Kenmore Elite 17052 that has gradually been cleaning poorly with a good amount of power detergent still left in opened cavity after cycle is completed.  This weekend my wife noticed that the dishes were not washed at all after a complete cycel.  I repeated the cycle and monitored the performance.  I noticed that the top spinner sprayer wasn't rotating and only a small amount of water was dribbling out of the top sprayer.  Then I noticed that the water level during the middle of the wash cycle was well below the heating element.  I added about 1.5 gallons of water so that the water level covered the very hot heating element.  After that I resumed the wash cycle and verified (by opening the door quickly) that the washer was operating as expected with the top sprayer rotating and spraying as designed.   Here are my questions: 
1) What are the possible causes of the dishwasher starting with such a low water level?
2) If the inlet valve is defective, can I purchase a replacement from you? 
3) Until I have this problem repaired, it seems like I can limp by by simply adding water early in the wash cycle.  Is this OK or is there risk of secondary damage?
Thanks - Loren

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  • Loren59 Nov 01, 2007

    Fixed it last night.

    Removed the water inlet line and flushed it - no problems - plenty of pressure.

    Removed the plastic screen/trap just above inlet line attach point and found it was plugged with rust particulate from my galvanized pipe that feeds kitchen.  I recall that occassionally, I need to tap the debris out of the kitchen sink faucet aerator so I guess it built up over 3 years and plugged my inlet. 

    After cleaning and reassembly it works like new with strong spray and plenty of cleaning power.  I'll need to do it again periodically.

    Thanks for the advice - Loren



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Does the water line going to the unit have a filtration system on it?the filters may be clogged.check the wash arm holes for seems to be low water pressure or the solenoid valve that energizes and lets the water flow may be obstructed/defective.if your unit has a float make sure its clean and moves freely.

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You most likely do have a water valve problem. You want to be sure it is not a problem with the supply line or valve.(maybe someone got under the ink and turned the valve partially off) The valve has a screen in the inlet that may be clogged. Remove the valve and remove the inlet fitting from the valve and try rinsing it out in the sink.
If nothing is in the inlet screen you will probably have to replace the valve. We are not allowed to sell parts on this site but you can go to and click on parts, enter your model number and look up and order from there. You will need the complete model number from the decal just inside the door of the machine.
As for adding water. The machine fills and drains several times during the cycle and you will have to add water at each fill.
If the problem is not corrected you will burn out the heating element fairly quickly because it is running more than it should.
Hope this helps and post back to let me know what you find out.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007

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    Michael Lindley Oct 31, 2007

    Also, if you do find trash or sand in the water valve, Get a piece of rubber hose that will slide snuggly on to the water line coming to the dishwasher and run some water through the line into a bucket or the sink to flush anything else out that may be in the line.

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    Michael Lindley Oct 31, 2007

    Just wanting to follow up on you dishwasher and see what you found out.




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