June 19, 2019

How to load a dishwasher video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

If your dishes always come out of the dishwasher a little less than clean, you might be tempted to rinse them before loading. But that’s old school and completely unnecessary with modern dishwashers. If your dishes are dirty, the problem could be that you're overloading the dishwasher or loading it incorrectly.

The key is to allow room for water to flow around the dishes and to not block the streams of water coming from the dishwasher’s spray arms. In this video, we show you how to load dishes so they get clean and aren’t damaged. And we’ll tell you what dishes you should never wash in a dishwasher and why.

For additional dishwasher troubleshooting advice, step-by-step repair guides and error code charts, check out our Dishwasher DIY Repair page.

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: glass or popcorn kernel stuck in the chopper blade, drain line vibrating against the cabinet, debris in wash pump or drain pump
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan failure

Repair guides common to all dishwashers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dishwasher.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher detergent dispenser

Dishes need dish detergent to get clean. Learn how to replace a dishwasher detergent dispenser with easy step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher drain hose

This step-by-step guide explains how to remove a cracked or leaking drain hose in your dishwasher and install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher thermal fuse

A completely dead control panel often indicates that the thermal fuse on the electronic control board is blown; follow these steps to replace a blown thermal fuse in your dishwasher.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dishwasher.

January 31, 2019

Replacing upper dishrack stationary or adjustable rollers on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

In less than 15 minutes you can get that upper dishrack rolling smoothly again.

September 28, 2016

Dishwasher has no power video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Sometimes you just plain forget to turn the dishwasher switch on, but you might also need to check for faulty wire connections or user interface control.

January 16, 2015

How to fix rust spots on a dishwasher dishrack video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

It’s easy to get a newer looking dishrack!