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Water at the bottom

Kenmore dishwasher does not pump all the water on the bottom after the complete cycle? Also, the dishes are not clean?

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Re: water at the bottom

Check the sump screens inside the tank make sure their clear,also check the wash arm holes for obstructions,check the seams of the arms for cracks

Posted on Dec 31, 2007

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SOURCE: water is remaining in bottom

It sounds as if the inlet to the water pump is blocked. Try cleaning out the the filter and look for anything stuck in the outlet.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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SOURCE: dishwasher runs thru cycles and water is left in

Check the spray arms for proper seating.Clean the jet holes. Check the pump also.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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Water in bottom of kenmore elite ultra wash dishwasher

you must check the filters that are at the bottom under the spray arm
then you must start and then hold down cancel or stop and it should kick in the automatic water discharge mode and activate the water pump if this does not work you need new dishwasher pump installed which can be found online by googleing your model number. gut if this all works then the small flapper thats internal on the pump isnt sealing and allowing water to flow back into the bottom. last but not least you might need a new control board.

Nov 02, 2012 | Kenmore Dishwashers

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My Kenmore Elite dishwasher did not drain the water out of the bottom after the dishes were washed last night. Could I possibly have pushed a wrong button to keep it from draining, or do I have a problem?...

Yes , If the program controller has hung it would have skipped the drain cycle. So try to redo the cycle and see if the drain works, is not check the program controller and the drain valve/pump.- if there is food particles that have clogged and blocked.

Jul 26, 2011 | Kenmore Dishwashers

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Condensation in dishwasher

Make sure you aren't selecting the eco setting to conserve power. Running a dishwasher in that mode disables the heating element that dries the dishes at the end of a cycle. Here a few ideas you can try,... with an empty dishwasher.. start a cycle and make sure you do not use that ECO mode if it has that feature.. then stop the dishwasher when it near the end of the cycle and open the door ./.. check to see if the water has been drained and that the heater element is on and hot. If there is a high volume of water in the bottom of the dishwasher, make sure the darin filter screen is clean and not restricting water flow... If that is clean.. and you have a lot of water in the bottom pan, you could have a problem with the pump, a hose in line with the pump or your house drain system is restrictive.. Good luck... and Hope this helps you..

Nov 29, 2009 | Kenmore Dishwashers

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Kenmore Elite dishwasher not cleaning well and leaving dark stains on the dishwasher walls. water pumps in to correct level and pumps out. First cup of soap the water is just warm. Second up its hot and...

Check the following to address this issue

1. No water
Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side), in which case replace the water valve.

2. Not enough water
If there is not enough water, the dishes would not get cleaned. This could be caused by a partially closed water shut-off valve (located under the sink), or a faulty dishwasher water valve (located at the bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side).

3. Clogged spay arms
There is usually two, sometimes three spray arms in a dishwasher. Make sure there is no debris blocking the holes inside each spray arm.

4. Water temperature is too low
To get the best results, the water has to be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit when entering the dishwasher.

5. Not enough soap
If you only fill one part of the soap cup, try adding soap to both parts.

6. Smoky film on dishes and glasses
This problem occurs due to excessive calcium build up inside the dishwasher. Try cleaning you dishwasher using a dishwasher cleaner.

Jun 04, 2009 | Kenmore 24 in. 16049 Built-in Dishwasher

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Water level/dirty dishes and traps

sounds like the drain pump is not doing its job to recycle the water and allow for replemish of fresh water for the rest of the cycles,try looking closely at pump out system and monitior how fast it disposes of water hope this helps

May 27, 2009 | Kenmore 15121 Built-in Dishwasher

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Water seems to be hot enough, drains properly, arnms not blocked, dishes not being cleaned at end of cycle. Almost seems like it is skipping the wash cycle.

Hi smiller8565,
There is 3 basic problems that will cause a dishwasher to not clean the dishes. You can check these problems and see if any will solve your problems.
1: If there is water or suds left in the dishwasher after the cycle is complete. This will cause dirty water to be used in the final rinse and the dishes will not get clean.
2: The pump that supplies water to the spray arms is jammed or defective and unable to pump the water properly, thus causing the dishes to remain dirty.
3: Timer, the timer is not allowing the machine to work in the wash cycle.
The solutions for these 3 are as follows.
1: check the drain line for blockage, if you have a disposal make sure it is clear and water flows down the drain properly. If you have suds left in the dishwasher, clean them out and run a couple cycles with not detergent to rinse away the old suds.
2: Look down in the bottom for any obstructions in the pump. Popcorn seeds, broken glass, etc.
3: If the unit is skipping the wash cycle you will most likely need a new timer or control assembly.
Good luck and I really hope this will Fix Ya

Sep 24, 2008 | Dishwashers

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Black specks

is that a glass? can't tell. is there water curculating to the top rack? if not you probably have a bad chopper

Sep 16, 2008 | Kenmore 15899 Built-in Dishwasher

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No clean dishes

Internal filtersEvery dishwasher has some type of filter to keep large food particles and foreign objects away from the pump assembly:

  • Most modern dishwashers have self-cleaning filters that don't need any routine cleaning.

  • Some have filters in the bottom of the dishwasher that you need to periodically clean. You don't need any tools to remove the filter, and cleaning it is easy. Consult your owner's manual to determine which type you have and its maintenance requirements.
If your filter is clogged, it may be causing the cleaning problem.

Drain valve

Some dishwashers have a valve (or gate) that should open only during draining. If debris lodges in the valve, it can't close properly, so water drains out during the wash cycle. Most dishwashers drain into the garbage disposer. If yours does that, listen for water flowing into the disposer during the wash cycle. If you can hear it then, the drain valve may be clogged.

Spray arms

There's a spray arm at the bottom of your dishwasher--it may have a tall spray tube mounted to the center of it. There may also be a spray arm located directly beneath the upper rack of dishes and/or above the upper rack.

If debris is blocking the holes in the spray arms where the water comes out, it could cause cleaning problems. Regularly inspect each of the spray arms and clean out the holes as necessary.

Detergent cups
Dishwashers don't perform their best if detergent is introduced only at the beginning of a cycle, so add detergent to both parts of the cup.

If the detergent cup isn't opening, see the "The detergent cup doesn't open" section, below.

Note: Dishwashers are usually wired directly to the home’s electrical system. To disconnect the power, switch off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the electrical circuit the dishwasher is attached to. Try to turn the unit on after disconnecting the power to be sure you were successful.

CAUTION: If you’re not sure you’ve shut off the power properly, DO NOT CONTINUE. Call a qualified appliance repair technician to complete the repair.

Sep 12, 2008 | Kenmore 16602 / 16604 / 16609 Built-in...

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basic checks:
is water entering into the machine.
is it hot.
is it being heated during pre-wash
is the soap being dispensed
is the pump running when cycling?
do the arms turn freely?

you mentioned the top and bottom shelves. are there places where the dishes 'are' being cleaned?, or are you meaning that in general they are not being cleaned at all?

most of the above indicators are observable by stopping the wash cycle from time to time in various modes.
to see if water is being pumped at all, put a bowl on the top and bottom shelf, and nothing else. if there is water in it after it cycles then the pump is moving at least some water.
start with these observations and please report back
good luck

Dec 27, 2007 | Kenmore 24 in. 17482 / 17484 / 17489...

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Wash cycle

Check first that the filter located inside the machine (on bottom) is clean. In case it clean - The problem is with the pump. It could be a blockage between pump and the tub, or just a defective pump (The pump takes suction from the tub and forces water up through the spray arms, which spray the dishes. The water then simply drops back into the tub for recirculation). Good luck !!

Jul 01, 2006 | Kenmore 16602 / 16604 / 16609 Built-in...

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