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Why does Kenmore dishwasher stays in washing/sensing cycle after replacing heating element coil?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
January 9th, 2011

Kenmore dishwasher model 665.16519200. We replaced the heating element coil with part W10134009. The original had corroded in half. We removed the dishwasher, removed the old coil, replaced with the new coil and put the dishwasher back. The tub will fill and can be drained by hitting the cancel button. The water does reach 120 degrees. After 1 1/2 hours the washing/sensing lights were both still on. The soap dispenser had opened, but dishes were dirty. Do we need to reset something?

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Manage My Life
Thanks for that answer. We did let the dishwasher run through the cycle, which it now does, guess we just weren't patient enough. It does heat the water, there is steam coming from the inside when you open the door. Now however, the issue is that the water is not circulating. You can hear the water fill and then there is a hum. The water will drain, but the dishes do not clean. The soap dispenser opens, but since no water is moving in the tub, it remains in the dispenser. Any ideas why we do not have water circulation?
by Manage My Life
January 9th, 2011
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Fred M
The water temperature reaching 120 degrees is good but after the time spent I would expect even hotter water.

Are you sure the heating element is working?

If the element burnt into two pieces then I'd be suspect of the hi-limit thermostat. The easiest way to check the heater is with a clamp on amp meter. You can run the diagnostic cycle and check if the heater draws 10 amps.

The water level should be within 1/4 inch of the element.

The image below contains the instructions for entering and running the diagnostic cycle.

You can check the amp draw of the heater in the test if you have a clamp on meter.

If you don't have a meter then select and run a high temp wash cycle to confirm water heat is happening. Most dishwashers will stall till 135 degrees is reached.

I hope this helps. You can reply with any additional information or questions for further assistance.
by Fred M
January 9th, 2011
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Manage My Life
That's great that you were able to change out the heating coil from the dishwasher. Unfortunately now you have another problem. Down bellow you would be able to find great information on the issue that your having, i hope that you find it very informational.
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January 7th, 2011
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