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Kenmore elite limited edition dishwasher

Cleans dishes OK ,however bottom of dishwasher has a build up of dirt.

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SOURCE: new dishwasher leaving powder residue on dishes.

the problem is hard water and there is a new product out called the dishwasher filtration system. it actually filters the water going into your dishwasher and leaves your dishes spot free. after the first load i was amazed that the white film was gone and my dishes were sparkling. you can get it at

Posted on May 21, 2008

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Have had this problem twice on my DWI614. First time engineer came out and I watched what he did and asked questions. He removed panel at bottom of dishwasher (2 screws) after removing facia panel from kitchen as it is a built in dishwasher. To the right is the drain pump. Remove 1 retaining screw and hose retaining clip. Ease out the drain pump and make sure to have some cloth beneath as residual water will flush out. Before I did this the second time I removed as much water from inside with a small cup first. Both times I had blockages in the drain pump. First was a piece of glass and second some food. I also pulled the drain pipe forward and blew through to make sure path to sink was clear. Clear out and reassemble. Start a simple program before putting the front back panel back on and you can touch the drain opump and feel it working as the water drains properly. That was my fix both times, good luck.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore dishwasher limited edition model 665

Anyone know anything about heating elements, mine won't dry the dishes, thanks

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

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SOURCE: No clean dishes


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SOURCE: Dishwashing detergent in rinse aid compartment

not good there is no way to drain it out. you might be able to take the door apart and take off the rinse aid reservoir and clean it out

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SOURCE: dishwasher dishes not clean

first of all to remove residues from your d/w...what will work to remove the scale and soap residues is called "d/w magic". it comes in a plastic square bottle and you can get it at any grocery store, lowes, or sears.
you just remove the cap, put in the top rack and run a full cycle with the water heat boost option and it will clean out almost any residue from your unit. if it is really bad you may need to repeat this 2 times.

then in the future use dry powder soap, not tablets, fill both cups only about half full, use the normal cycle with the water heat option. also make sure the rinse dispenser is full with jet dry or similar product. then you should not get the residues returning.

after you have tried this then you should brush off any food particles before putting the dishes into the unit. do not assume the d/w will "chop" up any food left on the dishes. they are designed to chop up soft food items, but they also will get plugged at the same time. so its best to just brush the dishes off first.

next is if you still have washing problems, then make sure the unit is filling up with enough water. after you start a cycle, let the unit run for about 2 minutes, open the door and see if the water is just below the level of the heating element. thats how much water they need to circulate properly.

i will reply back if you want to know more.
good luck tom

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