Kenmore Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Kenmore 665-7798 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

DISHWASHER DOES NOT RUNNOTE: It is normal for the dishwasher to repeatedly pause several times during a cycle. If the Start/Resume light is blinking, push START/RESUME to resume the cycle.
Be sure the door is closed and latched.
Be sure you have selected a cycle.
Be sure there is power to the dishwasher. A circuit breaker or fuse may have tripped.
If lights other than Start/Resume blink and the unit will not run, you will need to call for service.
DETERGENT REMAINS IN THE DISPENSER OR TABLET IS ON BOTTOM OFTUBCheck for dishware such as cookie sheets, cutting boards, or large containers, etc. that may be blocking the detergent dispenser from opening properly.
Be sure your detergent is fresh and lump free.
Be sure the cycle has completed (green light is on). If it has not completed, you will need to resume the cycle by pressing START/RESUME.
■ To use less water and reduce energy consumption you will encounter cycles that typically run for up to 3 hours.
■ A water heater setting of 120°F (49°C) is best, the dishwasher will delay longer while heating cooler water.
■ Some options will add time to the cycle. The Heated Dry option adds V2 hour.
Try the 1 Hour Wash cycle.
Run the hot water at a faucet close to the dishwasher before starting the cycle.
DISHWASHER NOT DRYINGNOTE: Plastic and items with nonstick surfaces are difficult to dry because they have a porous surface which tends to collect water droplets. Towel drying may be necessary. Use of rinse aid along with the Heated Dry option is needed for proper drying.
Proper loading of items can affect drying.
Glasses and cups with concave bottoms hold water. This water may spill onto other items when unloading.
■ Unload the bottom rack first.
■ Locate these items on the more slanted side of the rack for improved results.
WILL NOT FILLBe sure the water is turned on to the dishwasher.
Check that the float is free from obstructions.
Check for suds in the dishwasher. If foam or suds are detected, the dishwasher may not operate properly or may not fill with water.
WATER REMAINS IN THE TUB/WILL NOT DRAINBe sure the cycle has completed (the green light is on). If it has not, you will need to resume the cycle by pressing START/RESUME.
If dishwasher is connected to a food waste disposer, be sure the knockout plug has been removed from the disposer inlet.
Check for kinks in the drain hose.
Check for food obstructions in the drain or disposer.
Check your house fuse or circuit breaker.
HARD WATER (WHITE RESIDUE ON DISHWASHER INTERIOR OR GLASSWARE)NOTE: Extremely hard water mineral deposits can cause damage to your dishwasher and make it difficult to achieve good cleaning. You may bring water samples to Sears to check your water hardness level. A water softener is strongly recommended if your hardness is 15 grains or more. If a water softener is not installed, the following steps may help:
Use a commercial cleaner designed for dishwashers once per month.
Clean the ULTRA WASH filters at least once per month.
Always use a rinse aid.
Always use a high-quality, fresh detergent.
Use a detergent booster/water softener additive designed for dishwashers.
ODORSNOTE: If the dishwasher is not used daily, you can run a rinse cycle with the partial load daily until a full load is ready to run, or use the Top Rack Only option (on some models) for partial loads.
Run a vinegar rinse through the dishwasher by putting 2 cups (500 mL) of white vinegar in an upright glass measuring cup in the lower rack. Run a normal cycle with the Heated Dry option turned off. Do not use detergent.
The dishwasher may not be draining properly
■ Surging sounds can occur periodically throughout the cycle while the dishwasher is draining.
■ Normal water valve hissing may be heard periodically.
■ A normal snap sound may be heard when the detergent dispenser opens during the cycle and when the door is opened at the end of the cycle.
■ Improper installation will affect noise levels.
Be sure the filters are properly installed.
A thumping sound may be heard if items extend beyond the racks and interfere with the wash arms. Readjust the dishware and resume the cycle.
FOOD SOILS REMAIN ON DISHESBe sure the dishwasher is loaded correctly. Improper loading can greatly decrease the washing performance
Check filter to ensure it is properly installed. Clean it if needed.
Select the proper cycle and option for the type of soils. The Pots Pans cycle with the TURBOZONE™ option can be used for tougher loads.
Be sure the incoming water temperature is at least 120°F (49°C).
Use the proper amount of fresh detergent. More detergent is needed for heavier-soiled loads and hard water conditions.
Scrape food from dishes prior to loading (do not prerinse).
DID NOT SANITIZEIf the sanitized light is blinking, the load is NOT sanitized. The cycle was interrupted in the final rinse, or your water heater is set too low. Set your water heater to 120°F (49°C).
DAMAGE TO DISHWAREImproper loading can cause dishes to become chipped or damaged.

Kenmore 465-1332 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Glasses are cloudy/ spotted• Select High Temp Wash option.
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120 6 F (49° C).
• Always use rinse aid.
• Confirm that the cloudiness is removable by soaking the item in white vinegar for approximately 5 minutes. If removed, the problem is due to hard water. Adjust detergent amount being used to match water hardness (pg. 9). Be sure detergent is fresh, stored properly and is a high quality brand.
• If cloudiness is not removable, it is etching. This is an erosion of the surface of the glassware and can be caused by water that is too hot. from using too much detergent or by prewashing. Detergent needs food soil to act upon. If etching has occurred, the glassware is permanently damaged. To prevent further etching, adjust the detergent amount to match the water hardness, stop prewashing and use water heating options only when incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).
Food soil remains on dishes• Load items so they do not block the wash ami or spray arm
• Load the utensil basket with knife handles up and spoon and fork handles down. Use of utensil basket lids improve cleaning performance.
• Do not place glasses over tines.
• Before loading, scrape off burnt on foods and wipe the starchy film from utensils used with pasta, rice and oatmeal. These soils require more energy than the rest of the load to clean.
• Select proper cycle for the soil level
• Select Smart Sense' (select models) or proper cycle for soil level, proper option.
Sani-Rinse (select models) or High Temp Wash
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Run hot water at the sink before starting the dishwasher.
• Use fresh powdered detergent stored in a cool, dry place.
• Check water hardness and adjust detergent amount accordingly
Items washed in the dishwasher or the dishwasher tub itself are stained/discolored• Aluminum utensils or pans can leave marks when they rub against other items. Leave a slight space between items.
• Iron deposits in the water can leave a yellow, brown or orange film on dishes or the dishwasher tub. A rust filter may be needed. Check with a water treatment company.
• Separate silver or silver-plated silverware from stainless steel. These metals can be damaged by contact with each other during washing.
• Color from tomato sauces may adhere to the interior parts of the dishwasher If light staining has occurred, leave the drawer open to oxidize the stain away. Use a dishwasher detergent that contains chlorine to better fight staining.
• Certain dishwasher detergents may stain silver. Try another brand of detergent.
Items not properly dried/moisture is present on the dishwasher interior after the dry cycle• Be sure Sensor Dry (select models) is selected.
• Water droplets may form on the inner tub as part of the drying process. This is normal.
• Be sure the Rinse Aid dispenser is filled.
• Use a rinse aid separate from the detergent regularly to improve drying performance. Adjust rinse aid setting to High when rinse aid is present in the dispenser.
• Allow to sit for up to 3J4 hours while fan runs to increase dry performance. The extended fan time uses minimal energy.
• Check water temperature. Incoming water should be 120° F (49° C).
• Select Hi Temp Wash option.
• Increase detergent amount to match water hardness
• Load properly
• Plastic and items with non-stick surfaces are difficult to dry because they have a porous surface which tends to collect water droplets. Towel drying may be necessary.
• Glasses and cups with concave bottoms hold water and require towel drying. Place these items on the more slanted side of the rack for improved results.
Dishware is chipped• Load dishes according to instructions so they do not strike each other . Allow separation between dishes. Close the drawer gently: slamming of the drawer could cause chipping or breakage.
• Washing fine antique china/crystal in the dishwasher is not recommended.
• Do not load glasses over the tines.
• Do not overload.
• Make sure variable tines (select models) are properly adjusted and in place before loading.
Sanitized light does not illuminate at the end of the cycle (select models)• Sani-Rinse (select models) was not selected.
• Sanitization can only be achieved with the Smart Sense' (select models), Anti-Bacterial (select models) or Normal Wash cycles.
• Sanitization may not be achieved if there is an intermption of the cycle, power failure or if incoming water temperature is below 120° F (49° C).

Kenmore 630-163 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Dishes do not dryThe rinse aid dispenser may be empty. Check the rinse-aid dispenser and refill it if necessary. Dishware drying can be accelerated and enhanced by opening the dishwasher door slightly and propping it open with the top rack.
Indicator light(s) do not come onA fuse may have blown or a circuit breaker tripped. Check the fuse or circuit breaker at your fuse box/breaker box and replace the fuse or reset the breaker if necessary.
Dishwasher does not startThe dishwasher door may not be properly shut. Make certain the dishwasher door is shut and latched.
Dishwasher runs a long timeIf the dishwasher completes the cycle, but the run time seems exceptionally long, it may be due to cold incoming water. Before starting the dishwasher, open the hot water faucet at the sink nearest the dishwasher. Run the water until it runs hot, then turn off the water and start the dishwasher.
The water supply line may be shut off. Check the water supply valve and open it if it’s shut.
Water not pumped from dishwasherMake certain the drain hose isn’t kinked, clogged, or improperly installed. Make certain a portion of the drain hose is at least 20 inches above the dishwasher’s enclosure floor. Filters may be clogged. Make certain the filter system isn’t clogged
The kitchen sink drain may be clogged; you may need a plumber rather than a serviceman for the dishwasher. If an air gap is installed at sink, it may be clogged.
Detergent dispenser cover will not shutYou may not be correctly shutting the detergent dispenser cover, or a cycle was not finished and should be cancelled.
White spots left on dishesMore rinse aid is needed.
Streaks on glasswareToo much rinse aid is being dispensed.
Rattling noisesUtensils may not be properly arranged.
Suds in dishwasherYou may have used the wrong type of dishwasher detergent. Use only automatic dishwasher detergents.
Unsatisfactory washing results• Incorrect amount of detergent.
• Utensils incorrectly arranged or rack overloaded.
• Spray arm rotation blocked by utensils.
• Spray arm nozzles need cleaning.
• Filters not properly fitted into position.
• Unsuitable cycle selected.

Kenmore 630-1390 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Dishwasher does not start1. Door may not be properly latched.1. Shut the door completely.
2. Unit may not be turned on.2. Press the main power switch to turn unit on.
3. Unit not reset or previous cycle not completed.3. To reset
4. Delay start engaged.4. To reset.
5. Interruption of electrical power supply to dishwasher or blown fuse.5. Check circuit breaker.
6. Child lock activated (select models).6. Deactivate the child lock.
7. The door may have been closed without first selecting a cycle.7. Select a cycle and close the door.
8. Water supply may not be turned on.8. Check and turn on water supply.
Dishwasher beeping (end of cycle signal)Default factory settings alert the customer that the cycle has completed by beeping. This feature can be deactivated if so desired.To adjust the volume or deactivate
Display does not illuminate or console lights are not on1. A fuse may have been blown or circuit break- er tripped.1. Check the fuse or circuit breaker box and replace the fuse or reset the breaker if necessary.
2. Door not closed or latched.2. Ensure that door is properly latched and completely closed.
Note: For models with controls on the top portion of the door, the display only iluminates when the door is opened and controls are visible.
Dishwasher seems to run a long time1. Incoming water is not warm enough.1. Before starting a cycle, run hot water faucet at the sink nearest to the dishwasher. Incoming water should be at 1 20°F.
2. Cycle time can vary due to soil and water conditions.2. Sensors in the dishwasher automatically increase the cycle time to ensure a good wash when heavy soil is detected.
3. Rinse agent dispenser is empty.3. Add rinse agent.
4. Dishwasher connected to cold water supply.4. Verify dishwasher is connected to hot water supply plumbing.
5. The type of cycle options selected may add time to the cycle.
Dishes aren’t getting clean enough1. Spray arm movement is obstructed.1. Ensure that spray arm movement is not blocked by hand rotating spray arms.
2. Spray arm nozzles clogged.2. Remove the spray arms and clean.
3. Improper use of detergents.3. Increase or decrease detergent depending on the wafer hard- ness.
4. Filters could be clogged.4. Clean the filter.
5. Dishes are nested or loaded too close to- gether.5. Rearrange load such that water spray can reach all items in the dishwasher.
6. Selected wash cycle is not suitable for food soil condtions.
7. Make sure incoming wafer is at 1 20°F.
Dishes are not getting dry enough1. Rinse agent dispenser is empty. (Rinse agent indicator is activated).1. Add rinse agent. The use of rinse agent improves drying.
2. Improper loading of dishes.2. Rearrange load to ensure items are not nested.
3. Selected cycle does not include drying.3. Certain settings does not include drying cycle.
4. Dry Assist4. Activate Dry Assist
Note: Plastic or Teflon do not typically dry as completely as other items due to their inherent properties.Note: Select models offer an extra heating options to improve drying performance.

Kenmore 808353 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Problem Possible cause
The programme will not startCheck the plug, fuse and circuit breakers of the mains supply.
The water tap is turned off.
The dishwasher door is not fully closed.
The water inlet filter or the machine filters are blocked.
Water remains inside the dishwasher at the end of a programmeThe water drain hose is blocked or kinked. The filters are blocked.
The dishwasher stops in the middle of a programmePower failure.
Water inlet failure. Programme is on standby.
Wash performance is of a low standardPoor loading of dishes hinders wash performance. Insufficient detergent added. Inappropriate wash programme selected. Spray arm is blocked.
Filters clogged or incorrectly fitted.
Water drain pump is blocked.
White stains on the dishesInsufficient detergent added.
Rinse aid setting is too low.
Insufficient dishwasher salt added.
Water softener setting is too low.
Salt compartment cap may not be completely closed.
The dishes are not completely dry at the end of a programmeA programme without a drying stage was selected.
Rinse aid setting is too low.
Dishes unloaded too soon (allow time for drying).
There are rust stains on the dishesDifferent sets of cutlery should be kept separate. Too much salt (water softener setting is too high). Salt compartment cap not completely closed. Poor appliance earth (check mains electrical supply).
The door is not opening or closing properlyDoor tension not correctly adjusted for the decor door.

Kenmore 587 Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Problem Solution
Dishwasher Doesn’t RunIf your Kenmore 587 dishwasher fails to activate, it could simply be the result of a blown fuse. Check your household circuit breaker and reset the fuse, if necessary. The dishwasher will also fail to start if there is a problem with the machine’s water feed connection. Check your water pipes' connections and tighten, if necessary. If the dishwasher door is not closed and latched, it will refuse to start; check to see that the door is properly closed
Dishwasher LeaksRinse aid spilled into the machine can cause foam to build up during the wash cycle and lead to overflowing. Make sure you wipe up all rinse aid spilled with a warm, damp towel before engaging the wash cycle. Another cause of dishwasher leakage could be that your machine isn’t sitting level on your kitchen floor. The Kenmore 587 dishwasher was designed to operate optimally on a flat surface, and spillage can result from the machine sitting at an angle. If this is the case, make sure to reposition your machine until it sits level on the floor
Dishwasher Has OdorOdor inside your dishwasher can be the result of dirty plates left to sit unwashed for too long. Get into the habit of giving your dirty plates a quick rinse in the sink to remove all major food debris before putting them in the dishwasher, or simply make sure you don’t let your dirty dishes sit too long in the machine before you engage the wash cycle. Odor can also result if your machine isn’t draining properly. Check to see if the dishwasher’s drain hose is kinked, and repair or replace as necessary
Dishes Remain Soiled After CycleIf a standard wash cycle doesn’t seem to clean all your plates of food debris, it could be because you incorrectly loaded the dishwasher in the first place. Avoid overloading the washer trays, as this could lead to plate “nesting,” where plates block each other from the full spray of hot water inside the machine. Or simply try a longer washing cycle. Make sure you use the proper amount of fresh dish detergent. Also, check your home’s water pressure; it should be somewhere between 20 and 120 pounds per square inch