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kenmore dishwasher gets stuck in middle of cycle and will run forever.

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I understand how important it is for your dishwasher to be shutting off properly so that you are not wasting any electricity and I hope to be of some help. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with more information about your problem. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
November 18, 2010
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From the description you give the dishwasher is stalling in the water heat area. One important thing to know is if the heating element is working.

When the dishwasher stalls forever then the problem will usually be the element is bad or the water heat thermostat is bad.

You should be able to tell if the element is heating the water or not. If the element is working then likely the problem is with the thermostat.

The water heat thermostat is different from most thermostats. For instance in line with the element with two red wires is a high-limit thermostat. It normally has a closed circuit so the element can heat. If it gets to hot then the high-limit opens the circuit to stop the heating.

The water thermostat is opposite. It has a normally open circuit that will close when the temperature is right to advance the timer out of the water heat stall area.

The temperature boost thermostat 154227806 can be obtained at the following site: Sears PartsDirect .

It is located behind the kick plate on the sump of the dishwasher.

I hope this information is helpful to you in resolving this problem. You can reply for more information or to ask another question. I'll be glad to help you with this problem. .

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 23, 2010
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i found the owners manual and it said that it may pause at the 7 o'clock position for water heating. mine is stopping around the 5 o'clock position. is there a way to test the thermostat to see if it's working?

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jrvwcs -
November 19, 2010
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The thermostat is difficult to check since it is open circuit to begin with. To check this type of thermostat would require a volt/ohm meter and a frying pan. The idea is to place the thermostat in the frying pan and turn the heat on. When the temperature gets to approximately 135 degrees then the temperature boost thermostat should close the circuit. Another way would be to remove the two wires off the temperature boost thermostat and join then together with a small piece of insulated wire. With the thermostat bypassed there should be no stall at all. If the cycle runs all the way through with the water heat thermostat bypassed you can assume it is the problem. I hope this helps.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 19, 2010
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i pulled the thermostat out and checked it on the counter and it has continuity through it even without heating it up

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jrvwcs -
November 19, 2010
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Make sure it was not the thermostat in line with the element with two red wires. That would be normal for that thermostat. Some models had a water heat thermostat for wash and one for rinse.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 19, 2010
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i had the wrong one. i pulled the other one and when heated up it clicks and then has continuity through it, pulled it out of the pan and when it cools down it clicks again and no more continuity. i tried it a couple times and it did this every time.

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jrvwcs -
November 19, 2010
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Check for another water heat thermostat. The second one you check seems to be working as it supposes to be. Don't forget the heater must be working. Have you ever checked the temperature of the water? If the water temperature is low it might take a long time (30-45 minutes) to heat the water to the point of the thermostat tripping. Sometimes when things are put back together they work. You seem to be on top of things so I'm sure you realize things may check okay with a meter but not actually work in the real world. Please let me know what else you find. I�m curious myself what is wrong.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 19, 2010
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with the temerature control thermostat bypassed it doesn't get stuck. i hooked it back up and tried again so i could see how hot the water was getting. the water at the faucet was 120, the water inside was only 100. i touched the heating element as soon as i opened it and i could leave my hand on it. i checked the thermostat inline with the heater element and it still had continuity through it, ruling out that its was turning the element off prematurely. am i correct to think that the heater element is bad?

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jrvwcs -
November 19, 2010
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That's is what it sounds like. Does it work in the dry cycle?

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 19, 2010
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