Model #66515895791 KENMORE Dishwasher

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I have a Kenmore Ultra wash dishwasher that has no power on the control panel. There is power at the plug. There are no lights on. Is there an internal Fuse?

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I use my dishwasher very often and I know how fast dirty dishes can gather. 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 -
January 05, 2011
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The link provided by Joseph P. in the above response describes a dishwasher that does not have a fuse.

Your model of Kenmore dishwasher does have that thermal fuse in the console. The first image below shows a portion of the wiring diagram for this dishwasher with the thermal fuse (also called TCO -- Thermal Cut-Out) circled in red. The second image shows a parts diagram. The thermal fuse is Key 18 on that diagram. I provided a picture of the fuse in the third image. According to your description, it is likely that this thermal fuse is blown in your dishwasher. You can order a replacement fuse from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number is 675813. Here is a direct link for that part: Thermal fuse . The 4th image shows how to replace that component. Be sure that you shut off the circuit breaker or unplug the dishwasher before accessing internal components. You can remove screws from the inner door panel to release the console.

Before starting the dishwasher, check the heating element and other components. Look for apparent damage or loose wires. After you replace the thermal fuse, be sure that you carefully check the operation of the dishwasher. A problem with the heating element or drive motor could have caused the thermal fuse to blow. It will blow again if a component failure still exists.

If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

If you do not feel confident 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 .

NOTE: This answer is based on Kenmore dishwasher with the full model number of 665.15819990. Use that full model number for accessing the parts diagram if necessary.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 08, 2011
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Here is the 4th image.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 08, 2011
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Lyle, the information you supplied above is excellent. I have the same symptom (no power on the control panel). There is power to the machine. It actually quit before draining. Does the same fuse work with Model 665.15895791? Thank you.

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Michael -
April 05, 2011
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The parts diagram for that dishwasher shows the same type of thermal fuse in the console (part number 675813). If that thermal fuse is blown, then the console will be dead. You can shut off the breaker for the dishwasher and check that fuse. I provided a link below this response that shows a video on how to test that fuse. If the fuse is "open" then it will need to be replaced. Use the harness that comes with that kit to replace the fuse (with the circuit breaker for the dishwasher shut off). If the fuse is okay, then you could have a bad electronic control board in the dishwasher. Let us know if you need more help with this problem.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 19, 2011
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I have a similar dishwasher and have replaced the themal fuse (twice) as well as door switch (once). I was having some trouble with the door switch and assumed that it was causing the problem ...Wrong!! A couple of questions for Joseph, but first of all, I commend you for providing a geat article on this issue. Question 1) Why is the wiring included with the above mentioned parts and why do you recommend repacing them? Question 2) Both times the dishwasher failed, there was a significant amount of water in the base of dishwaher. We don't use heat dry so I assume it wouldn't be the heater element. Does this suggest that the pump motor is the cause of the fuse failure?

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Robert -
May 05, 2012
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Hello Robert. If you have the type of dishwasher that is described by Michael then the wiring harness is included because the kit is used for several different models. Some of the models will benefit from using that wiring harness. If the thermal fuse failed, then the drain pump will have no power to pump out the water. A problem with a check valve or the drain path can also prevent the water from draining properly. Reply with additional details and the full model number of your dishwasher if you need more help. With that model number, we may be able to provide more detailed help.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 08, 2012
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Thanks for response Lyle. My third thermal fuse arrived and I plan to do the install this week. My diswasher is a Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher, Model # 665.17002 400. A local appliance technician advised me to install the wiring harness that came with the thermal fuse. I hadn't done this on the 2 previous fuse replacements and am curious why he would recommend this? Is there a history of faulty electrical connections or perhaps I misunderstood the advice (deliverd via a 3rd party)? After the last fuse install, I got about 7 wash cycles before another failure...again leaving a lots of water in the base. Note: drain path has been checked and is clear. Your advice is appreciated!

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Robert -
May 13, 2012
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Robert,

Lyle is taking some vacation time. I will be answering his questions for a few days.

It is unlikely that the drain pump is causing the thermal fuse to fail, but you can ohm the drain winding from the control board to make sure it is within specifications. I am including the wiring diagram below. 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. The connections were found to be causing excess heat. The harness that is included with the fuse kit is to ensure that the connections are good. We have always recommended that the entire fuse kit be installed.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance please reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
May 14, 2012
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I have no power and need to change something in the control panel. This issue I have is it has the buttons on top(Kenmore ultrawash 665.1389) How do I get into the control panel.

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Megan -
July 11, 2012
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Dishwasher Backwash

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Having a Dishwasher in the home is a must now a days, we have grown so accustomed to the appliance. The issue that is presenting itself can be a frustrating ordeal. I have placed a similar question that was asked and then answered by an expert. I hope that it gives you an idea on what to check and what can be causing the issue.

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celene -
April 25, 2011
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There are several different problems that could be causing food particles to be left on the dishes in your Maytag dishwasher. You could have low water temperature, low fill level, a problem with the spray arms or a problem with the circulation spray pump.

Make sure that you are using rinse aid. This will help the particles and water to sheen off the dishes during the final rinse.

Make sure that you are using fresh dishwasher detergent. Powdered detergent can get clumpy and loose its effectiveness when it is stored under the sink in a damp environment. Try some new detergent if you used the powdered variety and it is old or clumpy.

I recommend that you check the temperature of the hot water that is supplied to the dishwasher first. Run the hot water tap at your kitchen sink for 1 minute. Fill a glass with that hot water. Measure the temperature of the water in that glass with an accurate thermometer. You should measure around 110 to 120 degrees. If the water temperature is too low, I recommend that you adjust the setting on your hot water heater.

Check the water fill level in your dishwasher. The fill level for a typical Maytag 400 Quiet Series dishwasher is shown in the image below. There are several different models so your dishwasher may be different than the one shown below (reply with the full model number of your dishwasher if it is drastically different). Start a cycle and allow the dishwasher to fill. Once the filling stops, crack the door to stop the dishwasher. Open the door fully and look at the water level. If the water level is too low, try manually adding some water in the fill portions of the cycle using a bucket or container. If the dishwasher works properly with the added water, then resolving a fill issue should fix your problem. You will normally need to shut off the circuit breaker and water supply then pull the dishwasher out from under the counter to check the fill line water pressure and flow. Refer to the installation guide for your dishwasher to get help with this procedure. If the water pressure and/or flow from the water supply line is weak, then you will probably need to have a plumber fix that issue. If the water supply is okay, you can check the screen on the inlet water valve for a clog. If that screen is clogged, I recommend that you replace that inlet water valve. You can order parts from the Sears PartsDirect website. Reply with additional details if you need help with this type of repair.

If the water level is okay, check the spray arms for cracks or splits. Examine the spray holes for clogs or deposits. The holes can be cleaned with wood toothpicks or bamboo skewers if necessary.

If you find no problems with the above issues then you could have a problem with the circulation pump. I recommend that you have a service technician diagnose and repair this type of problem. Here is a link for the Sears Service website: Sears Home Services .

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details and the full model number of your Maytag dishwasher.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2011
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Hi, I just purchased a frigidaire dishwasher last month and it just started leaving cloudy water in the tub full to the brim. Is this normal?

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DIANA -
May 26, 2011
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Hello Diana. No, it is not normal for that new Frigidaire dishwasher to leave that cloudy water in the tub. If it was draining properly up until now, then you probably have a problem with the drain pump or the drain line. Make sure that the sink drain is working properly. If you have an air gap installed in the drain line, make sure that the air gap is clear. If you find no problems with the drain line or the sink drain, then you will probably need to have the dishwasher serviced under the warranty. Check your owner's manual for any further troubleshooting and then call the phone number listed in that manual for warranty service. NOTE: If this is the first time that you used the dishwasher and you also just installed a new garbage disposal, check to see if the knock-out plug for the dishwasher drain line connection in that disposal was properly removed.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 26, 2011
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I have a Kenmore Elite dishwasher. It is 4 years old. I have already replaced the dispenser once and the plastic closure is worn out again. Now my dishes on the top rack are not coming clean. The dishes on the bottom rack are getting clean. Can you help with any idea that could resolve this problem.

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Lee -
November 21, 2011
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My garbage disposal has a foul odor. My dishwasher is not draining I no it as well. How can I fi it?

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Margaret -
November 21, 2011
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For Lee: You will probably need to replace that dispenser again to fix that closure problem. Reply with the full model number of your Kenmore Elite dishwasher and we will look at that dispenser to see if we can provide some tips for preventing that problem for recurring so soon. The problem with the top rack cleaning could be caused by a partial restriction in the sump of the dishwasher or a problem with the TurboZone system if you have that feature on your dishwasher. If you reply with that model number, we will provide some specific troubleshooting for that top rack cleaning issue. NOTE: I added a previous answer that may help you with this problem if you have a dishwasher with that TurboZone feature or a common pump system that is on many Kenmore Elite dishwashers. Let us know if you need more help.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 22, 2011
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For Margaret: You indicate that the garbage disposal has a foul odor. Check to see if water is draining through it properly. I assume that it probably is since you did not indicate that you detected that problem. You can normally eliminate the odors in that garbage disposal by cutting up a lemon or orange (with the peels still on them) and running that through the disposal. Follow that with running some ice through the disposal. Clean that rubber flap on the top. The problem with the dishwasher draining could be caused by a clogged drain line. Check your air gap on the sink for a clog if you have one installed in that dishwasher drain line. Place a bucket or container under the garbage disposal and pull off the dishwasher drain line to check the end of it for a clog or restriction. If that drain line is clear, you could have a problem with the drain pump or another component in the dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher with a pump outlet and filter screen that looks like the one shown in the image below, then you can probably use the troubleshooting in that link for a previous answer that I provided below this response to fix that drain problem in the dishwasher. Reply with additional details and the full model number of your dishwasher if you need more help with that drain problem.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 22, 2011
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Hi I am George There are several different problems that could be causing food particles to be left on the dishes in your Maytag dishwasher. You could have low water temperature, low fill level, a problem with the spray arms or a problem with the circulation spray pump.

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George Smith -
April 19, 2012
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Hello George. You are correct about those types of problems contributing to food particles being left on dishes in a Maytag dishwasher. Thanks for your advice regarding that type of problem.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 19, 2012
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