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Water valve what does the water valve do? and where is it located? would it cause water to empty out right away also? it doesn't seem to fill up enough... thanks tanner...

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  • wangus Apr 19, 2008

    you are on the money...i had already pulled the bottom panel off and found the drain solenoid to be all rusted and sticky...the drain valve stem seal was also leaking...i replaced everything for approx $60 and it is working perfectly again...thanks again.

  • bubbasteve Apr 29, 2008

    water leaking from drain valve, tightened clamps at valve, tightened 4 screws that secure the valve. believe the stem seal could be leaking, can not find a supplier for the 3 seal on the stem. any help?

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The water valve, or water inlet valve is what lets water in the dishwasher. If it is filling and emptying at the same time, that is a different situation, and is most likely the drain solenoid. Take the bottom panel off the dishwasher and take a peek underneath. The solenoid may be simply stuck, but if it's an old dishwasher, it's most likely corroded or burned up and is stuck in the drain position. If this is the case, it should be replaced.

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For testing a small amount of water can be added by hand into the bottom of the wash tub to confirm that the wash problem is no or low water. Add water and continue cycle to determine if that is the root cause.

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

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3. Clogged spay arms
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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
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