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Kenmore..Few years old came with the house

Dishwasher worked fine then one day it fills up with water but then it doesn't wash or make any noise except the click when the cycles change. It also dosen't drain. The timer works fine as does the heating element. What could the problem be?

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  • edrift Jan 26, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. The difference is that it tripped the circuit breaker. I swithced the breaker back on thinking it was just a random surge or something and the dishwasher finished with no problem. Next time went went to do dishes tonight, the washer just filled up with water and then just sat there. Like the one above, the heating element works and the timer seems to be working fine.

  • albaroibarra Jun 01, 2008

    My dishwaher will not drain. I found that that its plastic waher was broken. Could that be the problem?

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Check the spade/lug wiring connectors under the unit at the motors They can work loose. These newer units only use the heating element for a short time. If you get it running again do not use tablet soap. Start your sink's hot water until its too hot to touch then start the washer, let the tank fill then open the door and pour in an additional gallon of hot sink water mixed up with liquid cascade soap. To get "Energy Star" compliance, They have made trade offs to use less water and energy. When mine is running it still doesnt clean very well at all. consider installing a small R.V. water heater under the sink or nearby.

Also make sure your drain hose is clear and has no kinks in it.

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A common cause of poor washing results is improper loading—dishes that block or impede the spray arm(s) or prevent the soap dispenser from opening. On the other hand, if your dishwasher has chronic problems with good washing, the problem may not be your dishwasher. A good first step is vary the amount of dishwasher detergent you're using and try switching brands.

Other possibilities: Your home’s water pressure may be too low, your water may be too hard, or the water temperature may not be hot enough.
In order for your dishwasher to fill to the appropriate level, water pressure should be from 20–120 pounds per square inch. If you suspect that your water pressure may be low, turn off all faucets or other users of water (such as washing machines and sprinklers) and then put a half-gallon jug under the kitchen faucet. Turn on the hot water full-blast. If the jug doesn’t fill within 14 seconds, your water pressure may be too low for proper dishwasher operation. Call your city water utility to discuss your options, or avoid drawing water elsewhere in the house or yard during dishwasher cycles.
The right amount of detergent to use depends on how large your load of dishes is and how hard your water is. Hardness is measured in grains of minerals—the more grains per gallon you have, the more detergent you’ll need. If your water has 12 grains or more of hardness, fill both dishwasher soap cups completely with detergent. If that doesn’t work, consider installing a water softener.
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