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Kenmore Dishwasher Won't Fill

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dishwasher won't fill 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 won't fill

Cause 1Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve opens to allow water to enter the dishwasher. If the water valve is clogged or defective, water will not flow into the dishwasher. Water inlet valves are not repairable—if the valve is defective, you must replace it.

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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 2Float Switch

The float switch actuates in order to prevent the dishwasher from overflowing. If the float switch is defective or stuck, it might not stop the dishwasher from overflowing. If the float switch is defective, replace it.

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Float Switch for your KenmoreDishwasher
Float Switch - Part # 3015455 Mfg Part # WPW10102498
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Cause 3Water Supply Problem

Over time, calcium deposits can build up in the water supply valve or in the small filter screen inside the water inlet valve. If the water inlet valve is clogged with sediments, the dishwasher won’t fill properly. Before working on the water line, first shut off the water supply. Inspect the valve to determine if is clogged. In addition, check the water pressure to the valve. The water inlet valve requires at least 20 psi to function properly.