How To Troubleshoot a Kenmore Elite Dishwasher

Despite being fairly reliable, the Kenmore Elite Dishwasher could eventually fail to work as properly as the owner expects it to. A host of issues could crop up particularly for older models. The dishes might not get cleaned or dried adequately, some might come out broken, or the dishwasher might not drain properly. This article will talk about some of the problems that you might encounter with your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher. Here are the steps to take in order to solve these issues.

  • Check if the dishwasher’s door is latched securely. If you notice that the dishwasher stops working during a cycle, the first thing you should check is if the door has been shaken loose. Push on the door to see if it is closed and securely latched. If the machine still fails to resume functioning, check if the power supply has been cut off. Make sure that the water valve is in the “on” position. Additionally, check what cycle you selected as some settings include regular pauses.
  • Load your dishwasher according to the instructions on the manual supplied by the manufacturer. Some, or all, of the dishes might not get washed properly if you fail to load the Kenmore Elite dishwasher correctly. Don’t forget to scrape or scrub off large food debris from the dishes and glasses as these could clog the drains and sprayers. Position your plates in the slots and allow these to face the middle and lean downwards and inwards. Place the glasses and other breakable items away from each other. Make sure that the pots and bowls are facing downward. Lastly, do not put too many items inside the dishwasher. Check the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the number of glasses, bowls, utensils, and plates that you can clean in one go. Improper loading of items inside the dishwasher could also be the cause of damages to the dishes, glasses, and other breakables. Do not yank the racks too hard or too fast to avoid items from banging into each other. Another problem that may result from overloading your machine is that the dishes come out still damp. To speed up the drying process, use a liquid rinse. You can also opt for the heat-dry setting in your machine. Plastic items should not be subjected to this as the items could melt inside the dishwasher.
  • Use a candy or sugar thermometer to see if the water is heating up adequately. If the water’s temperature is below 120 degrees F, the dishwasher might not clean the dishes properly. To check, allow the hot water to flow from the faucet nearest your dishwasher. After a few minutes, place the sugar thermometer into the water stream. If the thermometer registers a temperature that does not reach 120 degrees, have somebody qualified to adjust the thermostat setting of your heater. You might also consider increasing the detergent that you place into the detergent cup.
  • If the dishwasher emits unusual rattling, buzzing, or crunching sound, check if anything has gotten stuck inside the wash module. If you have loaded the dishwasher correctly, nothing will come loose and cause a racket during a wash cycle. If unusual sounds can be heard coming from inside, turn the dishwasher off and check if a hard object has fallen into the dishwasher’s wash module. Once this has been removed, the noise should stop. If the sound is coming from outside the machine, the problem could be caused by a malfunction in the motor.

The issues discussed above are only a few of the problems that you might encounter with your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher. Should you need further information, visit the Kenmore website and download the appropriate troubleshooting guide for your dishwasher model. You may also request for assistance online.


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