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How to Troubleshoot a Kenmore Elite Dish Washer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Ranging in pricing from low $500 to as high as $1,600+ (on Kenmore's Official Website), even the touted elite nature of many of Kenmore's outstanding dishwashers does not make them automatically immune to problems. For a heavy duty piece of equipment that is simply expected to do so much, even the most expensive and grandiose products can fail to adequately get the job done from time to time. Unless you are fortunate to have the additional expendable income to purchase a new dishwasher, failure of your Kenmore Elite dishwasher, to adequatly clean or rinse your dishes, may be easily remedied with a few quick tweaks and the adherence to particular components and elements of dishwasher functionality that I will mention in this Info Barrel article.

If you are the owner of any of these dishwashers, you may find this Info Barrel article to be particularly useful. Even if you aren't currently experiencing difficulties with your Kenmore Elite dishwasher, you may one day as your dishwasher naturally ages. Learn how to troubleshoot, and get the most out of, any of these dishwashers!:

  • Kenmore Elite White 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1392 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1397 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1404 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Black 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1393 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1394 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1396 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite White 24 in. Built-In Dishwasher - 1395 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Black 24 in. Built-In Dishwasher - 1395 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Stainless 24 in. Built-In Dishwasher - 1399 ENERGY STAR®
  • Kenmore Elite Bisque 24" Built-In Dishwasher w/ 360° PowerWash™ Technology - 1394 ENERGY STAR®

Things You Will Need

a Kenmore Elite Dishwasher


Step 1

Similar to how a car will respond if you, or a passenger, do not adequately close your vehicle door, a Kenmore Elite dishwasher may cease to function properly if the door is not fully closed or latched the right way. While a car may simply flash a red alert signal on your dashboard and continue to allow you to drive, your dishwasher may either fail to work altogether or it may stop during its mid-cleaning cycle. Reasons behind this occurrence will require quick checks pertaining to whether or not your dishwasher has had a power failure while it was running or it may have had its door accidentally, or intentionally, opened during its cleaning cycle.

Ultimately, the right cycle should be selected, as well as, the water valve should be turned on.

Step 2

The problem of faulty dishwasher cleaning can take many forms in a Kenmore Elite dishwasher. While we would all love to have the peace of mind that our dishwasher will always adequately do the job to our standards, sometimes your dishwasher is only as good as your approach and the resources you provide (proper water flow, at the right temperature, and detergent). Stacking plates or glasses too closely to each other may inherently create a impenetrable bond that will actually result in the soil between your dishes sticking together and not becoming adequately cleaned. Your dishwashers failure to clean may be remedied quickly by simply changing or adjusting how you load your dishwasher. Within the dishwasher, dividers have been provided in order to help ensure that plates and bowls stay separate from one another. Use these to your advantage and don't try to cram more dishes than necessary into a tight space.

If readjusting the way you load your dishes does not adequately effect and correct your dishwasher cleaning problem, your problem could very well have to do with the temperature of the water going into your dishwasher or simply the amount of detergent you use. When you do a quick check of your water valve, you should ensure that the water entering your Kenmore Elite dishwasher is at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. While this temperature may seem to be unbearably scolding to human contact, this high temperature is necessary in order to ensure that food particles and soil are effectively removed from your dishes. Because heat can naturally kill bacteria, when that same bacteria is exposed to it for extended periods of time, ensuring that your water coming in is at least 120 degrees will also incur you great hygenic and sanitation properties, as well (on top of the food particles being removed).

Step 3

Each Kenmore Elite dishwasher will have a product manual included when you purchase it. It is highly recommended that you take at least some time to read it, immediately upon purchase of your dishwasher, prior to any problems arise that need troubleshooting. Various sections will give you proper instruction on how exactly you should properly maintain and load your dishwasher. While it may be a natural tendency of dishwasher purchasers to completely overlook and forgo the user manual, problems you are facing may easily be remedied by consulting the appropriate section in your manual.

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Comments

Oct 24, 2010 9:47am
Sookie
I was able to fix my dishwasher by reading the product manual. So many people don't bother to read them! You can save yourself some money by doing some trouble shooting yourself and following the instruction manual. Great article!
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