Dishwasher articles

These articles and how-to videos from Sears PartsDirect can help you get the best possible cleaning results from your dishwasher. Get advice on why your dishwasher isn't filling, draining or starting, how to load a dishwasher so dishes get clean, how to fix rusted tines and more. For more DIY advice, check out our dishwasher repair help section for more troubleshooting guidance, error code information and step-by-step repair instructions.


Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

June 20, 2019
Dishwasher not drying dishes.

Find out why your dishes are still wet even after the dishwasher cycle has finished.

June 19, 2019

Find out where dishes should go, as well as what never to put in a dishwasher.

January 31, 2019
Replacing upper dishrack stationary or adjustable rollers on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers

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

January 31, 2019
Replacing dishrack plastic height adjuster rollers on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers.

See how easy replacing a broken upper dishrack roller is in this short video.

January 14, 2019
Replacing a dishrack track roller on Kenmore 587-series or Frigidaire dishwashers.

Replace the track roller in less than 15 minutes.

January 14, 2019
How to replace a dishrack roller on a Kenmore 587-series or Frigidaire dishwasher.

It only takes a few minutes to get your dishrack sliding easily again.

October 31, 2018
How to clean your appliances after a drinking water advisory.

Find out how to clean and flush household appliances once a boil water advisory is lifted.

October 26, 2016
How to repair broken or damaged wires.

Learn how to repair broken, frayed or damaged wires in your appliances.

September 29, 2016
Dishwasher detergent cup not opening.

Overloading the detergent dispenser, using clumpy soap and a broken actuator are reasons why the dispenser won't open.

September 28, 2016
Dishwasher has no power.

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.

September 20, 2016
How to anchor a dishwasher to the floor.

Use a floor-mounting kit to fasten your dishwasher to the floor.

February 23, 2015
Learn where to find the model number on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

See where you should look when trying to locate the model tag on a kitchen or laundry appliance.

January 22, 2015
How to clean stainless steel appliances.

Learn how to keep the stainless-steel appliances in your home clean and shining bright.

January 16, 2015
How to fix rust sponts a dishwasher dishrack.

It’s easy to get a newer looking dishrack!

November 14, 2014
How to use a dishwasher better.

Try these tips for getting better results from your dishwasher.

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: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
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: 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