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Dishwasher runs, but doesn't fill with water to wash

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  • ed35401 Feb 25, 2008

    Its still not filling. I am seeing a little water leakage from the jets. You think the jets could be clogged?

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Reach inside your d/w and jiggle the mushroom shaped float switch located on floor of d/w. should move freely up and down if its stuck up(or something lodged under it your unit wont fill with water

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons Feb 25, 2008

    there would still be water inside unit even if jet s are clogged, sounds like water valve issue, can you remove leads to water valve and plug your meter leads into the wires from from valve sett to 110 volts, reset d/w for normal aoperation and wait a few min to read 110v ac. if it does you have a bad water valve, if not we gotta figure whre you lose the power

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