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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher - 66516493300 - Stops randomly during a wash cycle with water in the tub

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher - 66516493300 - My dishwasher has begun to stop randomly in the middle of a wash cycle before the entire cycle is complete. None of the exterior cycle indicators lights or control panel LED's are lite when it stops. I can begin a new cycle but the same condition exists and the cycle never completes. There is always dirty water in the bottom of the tub when it stops. Beginning a new wash cycle will always drain the tub. The water seems to always fill to the proper height and it is being heated.

The only cycle that seems to work properly is the quick rinse cycle. That runs for the expected amount of time and always drains the tub.

Do I need a new Electronic Control Board or could it possibly be the food sensor or check valve?

Dishwashers , Kenmore , Appliances
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Manage My Life
Good morning. I have reviewed your question. Your explanation is very thorough. I have provided two links below that I feel will be helpful. The first link will give you a series of steps you can do to reset the unit. The second link will provide you a page with a number of links, all focusing on a dishwasher that does not complete the cycle. Review this information and keep in mind that you will be getting an expert response within the next two business days. I hope this is helpful and have a pleasant morning.
by Manage My Life
October 9th, 2012
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Manage My Life
I know that it can be very difficult to have issues with your dishwasher. Most likely this issue is being caused by a bad thermal fuse. This will trip if the control panel beings to overheat. In order to determine this you will need to test it. If you have a volt/ohm meter you can test the fuse. If you do not, you can still check it. Here is how, _unplug or de-energize the dishwasher, place an insulated piece of wire between the tan wires that are on the fuse. Reenergize the dishwasher. If the dishwasher functions you need to replace the fuse. This is for testing only,

DO NOT leave the thermal fuse bypassed. This can cause additional damage to the dishwasher or possibly a fire.

Here is a video that will demonstrate gaining access to the thermal fuse

Dishwasher Thermal Fuse


Always unplug or de-energize electrical equipment before removing covers or attempting service. Be careful and wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts.

If this is testing fine, then you will need to replace the control board.

If you do not feel comfortable repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

. Here is a link that you may use to view the parts list diagram and for parts purchases;

Sears Parts Direct

. I hope this helps. If you need further assistance, please reply to this thread. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by Manage My Life
October 9th, 2012
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Thanks. I've ordered the part and will let you know if it resolves my problem.
by Manage My Life
October 10th, 2012
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