Question about Kenmore Dishwashers
Check to see if you have any obstructions (broken glass, etc.P)) that may have worked their way into the drain sump area in the bottom of the dishwasher. It is possible that something has jammed the pump motor, hence the humming sound.
Most dishwasher use one pump/motor to both wash and pump out the diswasher, so if it gets jammed, it won't do much except hum. You might have to remove the dishwasher from under the counter to remove the pump unit to get at the obstruction, but be sure to disconnect the power, water inlet and discharge lines first. You'll also need plenty of towels and a sponge to get as much water as possble out of the dishwasher first. Have a bucket handy!
Normally broken glass or small stuff can get into the pump mechanism and lodge between the impeller and the pump housing, causing the motor to jam and hum, as it cannot spin freely. With a few basic hand tools (nut drivers and screwdriver) you should be able to get at the problem and resolve it fairly easily.
Worse case is that the motor has failed (has gone bad) and will need to be replaced, but it is worth first checking for a n obstruction to determine if that's the problem before having to buy an expensive motor.
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
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