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Does drain

Be the first to answer 9/11/2013 5:40:24 PM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Posted on Sep 11, 2013Be the first to answer

Dishwasher fills w/ water, does not wash, but does drain.

Joel, it's hard to tell whats going on here without the full model number. The number you posted should start with a 665, 363,587 or 464.  Here is a couple of things to look for.  It sounds like you have a seperate drain pump. Remove the bottom toe panel and hopefully there will be a tech sheet behind it.  Check the harness to the motor itself.  You want to verify that there is 120V going to it when the wash motor should be running. If you hear the motor humming and kicking out on the overload, then we can assume you have something stuck in the impeller or the motor is bad itself. The tech sheet will give you a diagram for the hot and nuetral.  Check the float switch inside the tub, it should move freely up and down. This is a safety device to insure the dishwasher does not overfill.  If this is a 665,  there will be a start capacitor on the left side of the wash motor.  If one of the wires came off the cap,  the motor won't run.  Regarding the door switches,  if you have 120V going to the motor during the wash cycle, you can assume the door switches are o.k.   Hope this gets you started in the right direction...Catriver.

4/19/2013 5:13:58 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Apr 19, 2013

Model# 15825691 year made

We have no means to look this up
2/28/2012 1:56:54 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Feb 28, 2012

Hotpoint DF23: Wont go through full cycle

Sounds like you may have to replace the cycle timer.
6/24/2011 8:18:10 PM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Jun 24, 2011

Clean light is flashing


If clean light is blinking 7 times then it may be an issue with heater circuit, door switch or wash pump. If yes then please reset the power to the dishwasher. After, 5 minutes check if you are still getting the same error. If yes, then it is a water heating fault. To resolve this error try pressing this reset sequence-- Heat Dry - Normal - Heat Dry - Normal or High Temp - Air Dry - High Temp - Air Dry or Hi Temp Scrub, energy saver dry, Hi Temp Scrub, energy saver dry. Now let the unit run for 2-3 minutes and then you press the Cancel/Drain button and allow it to completely drain and reset.
If this doesn't work then it's an issue with the wash pump not pumping the water past the heater efficiently or due to lack of water to heat. Please make sure that heater is not open circuited and is heating the water efficiently. You'll have to check the heater using a multimeter; the meter should read between 3000 to 3300 ohms (Use multimeter on Rx1 ohm setting). If heater is fine then make sure water pressure is optimum and fill valve is working fine.

Hope this helps... Please post back if you need more information.


5/8/2011 6:23:59 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on May 08, 2011

The water does not heat. How do I know if it is

Check your heating element..

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Asker's Testimonial " explanation very clear. will give it a go and see how simple it was. thanks Ronnie " - ronnieshomes

1/24/2011 3:53:33 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Jan 24, 2011

This is a past problem

this model uses a seperate drain pump to remove the water and i thik thats what you hear when it stops and hums so either the pump is bad and won't always go or the control is stuck in its program . i would ck or repl the drain pump first and then the main control .. mm
11/1/2010 8:49:22 PM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Nov 01, 2010

Does not wash very well

Hi, I have an older dishwasher also and recently my wife alsocomplained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I am tried invain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installed them inminutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also found that if theheating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad... So I wouldbuy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to make sure it isworking... Here is a tip that will help you with the online buying...
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Asker's Testimonial " explanation very clear. will give it a go and seehowsimple it was. thanks Ronnie " - ronnieshomes
10/16/2010 3:49:59 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Oct 16, 2010

How do i remove this

There are a couple of screws up into the counter top...remove them, disconnect the drain hose, the water supply and the electric supply.... then just pull the dishwasher straight out away from under the counter...

10/13/2010 9:54:05 PM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Oct 13, 2010

Kenmore Elite ultra wash DW model 665

It appears your pump has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
I recommend both sites because ...

FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.

If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.

Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.

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9/30/2010 4:22:14 AM • Kenmore 24 in.... • Answered on Sep 30, 2010
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