Question about Kenmore Dishwashers
All cycles seem to funtion correctly. Water appears to be flowing through the upper and lower arms. The float switch appears to be working. Draining appears to be all right. The dishes come out dirty (not clean). I do not have a manual or know if there is a filter clog'd. I need some assistance.
Take off the bottom spray arm. Take off what is below the bottom spray arm.This will bring you close to the pump. There is a little plastic grate. Take the screw out and remove the plastic grate. This should take you right to the intake on the washer pump. Take tweezers or whatever and make sure everything is very clean, that all the intake ports to the pump are clean. It was at this point on our dishwasher that I found debris was plugging the intake holes on the pump. I cleaned it all out, put it back together , and had a brand new dishwasher. Make sure you get right to the bottom intake of the pump, those hole inlets. You do not have to move or tip the dishwasher over. Just do it with the bottom rack out, and the top one out too if it makes it easier. I think I will make this part of my regular dishwasher maintainence every year or two.
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
Well, the water is clean. The only thing I can think of is that the pump is just not doing its job. The only way to know is put a meter or a flow meter on the pump but heck, I can buy a new dishwasher for under $300 so I think I will just give up. Hate to do it but it is not worth the time and effort anymore. I really appreciate your involvement in my problem and I hope I have not over loaded you with my questions. New dishwasher, here I come........ bah humbug. Mine was only 13 years old, they just do not make them like they use to.
Posted on Jul 12, 2008
I suggest checking the spray-bars - the upper and lower arms - for debris in the little nozzles. Mine get clogged with jar labels and bits of chipped pottery. You can usually remove the spray-bars by turning the knurled nuts to remove them. Keep a note of the order of any washers or spacers, and you will probably find that the nut on the lower bar has a left-hand thread, so you will need to turn that the opposite way to normal to remove it. Once you get them off you can back flush then under the cold tap to make the junk come out of the big hole in the middle.
The filter is usually a little plastic basket in the bottom of the machine that can be removed by turning it a little anticlockwise and lifting it out for cleaning.
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Posted on Jul 11, 2008
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