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Water leaked all over the floor after completing drying cycle

It is probably a clogged drain line that dumps into either your disposal if you have one or directly in the drain under your sink you may have an air gap on the sink they tend to plug around this area.
4/27/2017 9:55:49 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Apr 27, 2017

My dishwasher won't wash the

Hi, Iwould replace thetop spray arm,there is often buildup in there that you cannot see... Also check the heating element.....the hotter watedr makes huge difference when trying to break down food....
1/13/2011 8:19:06 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Jan 13, 2011

My dishwasher is Model #


Thanks for using FixYa. Dishwasher not draining properly or not draining at all issues can arise due to different reasons. Usually, these issues are related to kinked hoses, knocked out disposer unit (if connected with the dishwasher drain hose) & clogged drain pump & filter. Also note that dishwashers do not drain completely after a finished cycle and this is normal. Dishwashers are designed to leave some water in the unit to ensure that the heating element doesn’t overheat. If you suddenly begin to experience a large amount of water being retained in your dishwasher, you have a problem. Some of the most common reasons include that the drain hose isn’t working properly, the drain pump isn’t working correctly, or possibly there is a plumbing problem in your home’s drain lines. First check whether the drain is not clogged or blocked and the line is not kinked. Check all the hoses for blockages & also clean the air gap. If you have checked the drain hose and can’t locate the problem, then it is an issue with the drain pump of the dishwasher. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.

7/5/2010 2:58:26 AM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Jul 05, 2010

Dishes and glasses are not coming out

Most dishwashers have a soil separator which separates the soil from the water while it's washing. When a wash cycle is over a valve opens in the separator to allow the soil to go down the drain. If it's not working properly the washer will leave a film or food particles on the dishes.
Post your model number and I'll try to find a diagram which shows you your parts.
4/19/2010 6:46:19 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Apr 19, 2010

I broke the latch that opens /closaes/operates dishwasher.

first thing is it in warenty if not sears has replacement parts it takes a little yea maybe a lot of work to replace it rember how you took it apart might include removing the hole intire interor panel apart lay out all the parts you take off you can do it go for it
4/12/2010 3:42:36 AM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Apr 12, 2010

Making noise as if running but no water in machine

Check water pipe is connected - and isolator valve is turned on.
(often turned off prior to holiday - then forgotten about)
8/4/2009 10:36:08 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Aug 04, 2009

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
5/28/2009 12:00:31 AM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on May 28, 2009

Detergent Latch - Not Locking

I have the same model in my apartment, did you make sure the outside dial is set to the "off" position?
If not, I know for sure you can turn the detergent door as much as you want and it will not lock shut, but if/when it's in the off position, it will.

BTW - one of the worst dishwashers I've ever seen, but if I didn't have it, my dishes would NEVER get done lol
3/30/2009 1:14:50 AM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Mar 30, 2009

Kenmore built in dishwasher drain quit working

if it looks somewhat like a elongated and cropped figure 8 it is what we around here call a clutch drive. if it looks like a 6 point star, it is a torx drive.. Be aware, the screws holding the guard in place may also be holding the pump in place under the unit. if so removing the screws would allow the pump to fall off the bottom of the unit.

If the unit washes, the motor and pump are working (the same motor/pump that washes the dishes also drains the unit)

if the motor is not running during the drain cycle, it is most likely the timer or a connection to the timer

if the unit is not running at all, it could be the motor or timer

if the motor/pump is working, I would first ensure the drain line is not clogged (pump may be trying to drain the unit and forcing the water out were ever it can due to a blocked drain hose, this would explain the water on the floor. I have found that when a drain line is blocked, it is usually blocked where the drain hose connects to the drain pipe under the sink.

let me know what you find and we will Fix Ya.

2/6/2009 7:23:42 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Feb 06, 2009

Dishwasher isn't heating and dishes are always still wet at end of cycle


could be a few things, control board, heating element, sensors. look at the heating element, (the thin dark tube under the bottom rack) if it looks broken or caked up with calcium it may need to be replaced. if it looks ok start the wash cycle and let it run for a minute, then open the door and tap it very lightly and quickly with your finger to see if it's getting warm, if it’s not hot it could be a board/wiring/sensor problem. , if it’s in warranty contact the manufacturer if not contact a sears or a local appliance repair company
9/27/2008 7:41:13 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Sep 27, 2008

Kenmore Built In Dishwasher

the obstruction they talk about in the disposer, its where the connection for the d/w drain is made, there is a "knockout" plug within the drain line connector( in case you dont have a d/w) that would need to be removed before the d/w will drain. can be popped out with a good smack with a screw driver, the plastic knockout will land within the disposer. disconnect power and remove the plug, it will not break up and wash away
3/25/2008 2:46:37 AM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Mar 25, 2008

18 in dishwasher drains water during cycles

find out how the dishwasher is set up to drain. Pour water into dishwasher 4 or 5 gallons, see if water disappears. if so, your drain is ran wrong
1/5/2008 10:19:44 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Jan 05, 2008

Dishwasher door needs repair

Bear, sounds like one or both of your door springs came off or broke. If you remove the toe panel you will be able to see them on the left and right side. This is not a hard fix. They attach to the bottom of the door and to the rear of the frame. If your model number begins with 36315121 your part numbers will be wd03x10006 and wd03x10007. Good luck, Catriver
7/26/2006 2:19:07 PM • Kenmore 15121... • Answered on Jul 26, 2006

Kenmore dishwasher won't start all lights working but will not start

Check the door switch.
9/24/2022 4:28:06 AM • Kenmore... • Answered 3 days ago

I have a Kenmore Elite dishwasher MOD# 665.12789K311. I did the unlock this morning and now it is beeping and the cancel light flashing

You can try resetting it by removing the power from it for a couple of minutes and then restore the power. count the flashes that the light is showing and see if there is a pattern to it. Like 2 flashes and a pause and the 5 flashes and then repeat. Let us know
9/1/2022 11:01:28 PM • Kenmore... • Answered on Sep 01, 2022
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