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Kenmore dishwasher (model 655) not draining

Hello, I have a Kenmore dishwasher (model 655) that is not draining the water (during any part of a wash cycle). I cannot find anything that appears to be blocked (took off the bottom spinning wash blade) and the water inlet switch appears to properly float to let water in. What do I do now?

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  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2007

    The washing light continuously blinks. This problem started after the water would not drain . Finally got the water to drain after setting the water level sesor in the up position. But, the washing light continues to blink.

  • lthomp Nov 02, 2008

    It seems that the dishwasher filled with water the very first time after install, but does not empty and keeps using the same water for subsequent loads. How do I adjust the float if that is the problem? Thanks

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008


  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    My dishwasher does not drain completely after completing all cycles.

  • csmacinnis Dec 22, 2008

    my dishwasher flashed 2 and stays full of water and it turns on and shuts off by it's self. We had the computer and touch panel replaced and it still does the same thing.

  • teddy500 Jan 10, 2009

    Will not drain the water but wash. Is there a reset button for the pump?


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When i attend dishwashers that have lost power to some part, i always check for broken wires inside the door skin, the wire harness inside the door skin gets hot and cracks with use when opening the door all the time after that check the outlet pump which is often a separate part to the main motor, this pump could be faulty electrically

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