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Kenmoore Dishwasher Problem

My 13 year old dishwasher is not getting water to it. Runs through the cycle, dispenses soap and goes through the heat cycle but no water is getting to the washer. It worked fine a couple days ago. I think it's a solenoid?? No kinks in the water line can be seen.

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    i put on a new inlet valve. still don,t let any water in..

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Try the float inside the dishwasher to see if it moves up and down freely .its usually about 3x3 round and resides near the heating coil this has a switch under it that controls the solenoid valve

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