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Kenmore Dishwasher Not Cleaning

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dishwasher not cleaning are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dishwasher not cleaning

Cause 1Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve opens to allow water to enter the dishwasher. If the valve is clogged or defective, the dishwasher won’t get enough water to clean dishes properly. If the water inlet valve is clogged, replace it. Do not attempt to clean the water inlet valve—cleaning the valve could make it more likely to fail.

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Water Inlet Valve for your KenmoreDishwasher
Water Inlet Valve - Part # 4383567 Mfg Part # W10844024

Dishwasher water inlet valve. If the dishwasher won't fill properly, then the water valve is likely restricted and will need replacement. If the dishwasher is under filling, it won't clean dishes effectively. If the dishwasher has an unpleasant odor we recommend using

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Cause 2Lower Wash Arm Assembly

The lower wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the lower rack. If water can’t flow properly through the lower wash arm, the dishes in the lower rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food particles can get trapped in the tiny holes in the wash arm. If your dishes are coming out dirty, the wash arm might be clogged. To unclog the lower wash arm, remove the wash arm and dislodge any debris from the holes. If the wash arm is extremely clogged, replace it.

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Lower Wash Arm Assembly for your KenmoreDishwasher
Lower Wash Arm Assembly - Part # 524469 Mfg Part # 3376850

Lower wash arm assembly

Cause 3Upper Wash Arm Assembly

The upper wash arm circulates water to the dishes in the upper rack. If water can’t flow properly through the upper wash arm, the dishes in the upper rack won’t be cleaned properly. Over time, food particles get trapped in the tiny holes in the wash arm. If your dishes are coming out dirty, the wash arm might be clogged. To unclog the upper wash arm, remove the wash arm and dislodge any debris from the holes. If the wash arm is extremely clogged, replace it.

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Upper Wash Arm Assembly for your KenmoreDishwasher
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Cause 4Pump and Motor Assembly

The motor drives an impeller to force water up through the wash arms. If the motor is defective, the pump impeller is broken, or some part of the pump is clogged, dishes won’t be cleaned properly. Make sure that power is getting to the circulation pump and motor. If power is getting to the pump and motor assembly but it still won’t run, replace the pump and motor assembly.

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Pump and Motor Assembly for your KenmoreDishwasher
Pump and Motor Assembly - Part # 2002648 Mfg Part # W10428773

Pump and motor assembly complete with self-cleaning filter. * Counter balance weight no longer required.

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Cause 5Circulation and Drain Pump Motor

The circulation pump uses a motor and impeller to force water up through the wash arms. If the circulation pump is defective, the dishes won’t be cleaned properly. If the motor isn’t making any noise or is just making a humming sound after the dishwasher has filled, the motor may be burned out. First, ensure that power is getting to the motor. Second, to ensure that the impeller can turn, check the pump housing for debris. If power is getting to the motor and the pump is clear of debris, the motor might need to be replaced. Be aware that the circulation pump may be challenging to replace, although many do-it-yourselfers have been successful with the replacement.

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Circulation and Drain Pump Motor for your KenmoreDishwasher
Circulation and Drain Pump Motor - Part # 429 Mfg Part # 3378053

Dishwasher pump motor with slinger