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Water not hot enough. You need 140 degrees.

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Soap dispenser does not open during washing

Dishwashers have a soap dispenser located on the inside of the door. When the timer cycle calls for the soap to be emptied into the dishwasher, it either sends electricity to a bi-metal switch that opens it, or it mechanically opens the soap dish. On many dishwashers, a plastic actuator arm mechanically links the timer to the detergent cup. When the timer reaches the proper time in the cycle, the timer activates a lever that opens the detergent cup. If the linkage is broken or defective, the cup stays closed after you've closed it. Check the link and repair or replace it, as necessary.

The detergent cup itself can become clogged with old dried detergent that prevents it from opening. Sometimes just cleaning the cup takes care of the problem. If not, you probably need to replace the entire cup assembly.

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The soap isn't emptying out of the compartment during the wash cycle. 1. We didn't load any items too close to the dispenser. 2. We didn't use the Rinse program, just main wash cycle. 3....

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The Sd code on most Kenmore Elite HE washers indicates a suds lock (usually caused by excessive suds do to overuse of detergent). Check for the presence of excessive suds in the washer. If you see a lot of foam, the code is likely caused by this problem. You will likely be able to drain the washer and spin out the clothes once the suds dissipate. Run an empty cycle with 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach through the washer to help rinse out suds residue. If you see foam emerging during the empty cycle, you may need to repeat this process. You can also use Washer Magic or AFFRESH to help clean suds residue out of the washer. These products are available at your local Sears store or the grocery store. Make sure that you are using HE (High Efficiency) detergent in the appropriate quantity. You may need as little as a tablespoon of detergent in a high efficiency washer due to the low water level. You may need even less for a while since the clothes will likely have detergent still dissolved in the fibers that will emerge during subsequent wash cycles.

There are many different models of Kenmore Elite HE washers. If you do not see any apparent problem with excessive suds or need more help, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your Kenmore Elite HE washer.

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After a wash there is a sand like grit on cups and dishes. Cleaned filter and spray arms also run empty diswasher with detergent on high temperature. Anything else I can do?

two packets of unsweeted lemon kool-aid (generic is ok)

run empty. (no detergent)

in future, use less dishwasher detergent, that is the source of the grit.

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How do I clean the washer?

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My dishwasher makes my dishes taste like the detergent used. how can i fix it?

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The next thing is to ask if you are using too much detergent. Some sage advice I was given some time back by an "Old Pro" was to use the least amount of detergent that I could, and still get the dishes clean. No full dispensers for me, nosireebob! Just a splash of detergent on the door, and it's off to the races....
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Best regards, --W/D--

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