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Water draining is premature

My kenmore 665 dishwasher fills with water, but doesn't keep the water in the dishwasher. It continues the cycle, but the dishes don't get very clean. The water is hot. It never gets all the liquid soap out of the holder. I've checked the spinning sprayers and taken apart the parts at the bottom. There was very little 'gunk' in there and no clogged holes, but I cleaned out what was there. Today I put in some more water during the first rinse cycle after it had prematurely emptied the water and the dishes were cleaner. I'm so tired of dirty dishes! Any ideas?

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  • lashayia Dec 03, 2007

    i need help putting in the sprayers it came out but i don't no how

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2008

    it will not drain

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In my case, I had the same problem until I realized the drain hose was not looped high enough. Once I looped the drain hose higher than the dishwasher, the problem went away and it washes dishes perfectly.

When the drain hose is installed too low, the water in the machine will only stay as high as the hose is installed because of the laws of physics.

The same applies to laundry machines - that is why the drain hose is set to drain from a higher point than the drum of the washer.

Good luck and Blessings!

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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SOURCE: Need to dissolve hard soap

The internals of a dishwasher are stainless steel and plastic and for these sort of problems a diluted solution oh hydrocloric acid can do the trick......just wear gloves!!!

Posted on Jul 26, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite 665-16959000 dishwasher - soap door

It appears your dispenser wax switch 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.
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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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Posted on Sep 30, 2010

Alan Kirkwood

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SOURCE: Have Kenmore Elite 665 11yrs old, bakes soap on

That seems like it's probably related to the recent ban on phosphates in dishwashing soaps. Quite a number of people have found that their dishwashers aren't working as well and are leaving spots and soap behind now that phosphates are not being used.
A little vinegar may help, but the best answer would be to use a water softener.

Posted on Mar 06, 2011

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