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.

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Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

January 31, 2019
Replacing dishwasher dishrack metal height adjuster rollers.

Get your upper dishrack rolling again with this quick and easy fix.

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
Replacing a lower dishrack roller on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers.

Fix a broken dishrack roller in just a few minutes.

October 5, 2016
Dishwasher not cleaning dishes.

These tips will help your dishwasher clean your dishes better.

October 5, 2016
Troubleshooting and fix a leaking dishwasher.

Troubleshoot why your dishwasher is leaking and fix the problem.

September 29, 2016
Dishwasher not draining.

Learn where to check for and remove clogs to get your dishwasher draining again.

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.

September 20, 2016
How to refasten a dishwasher to the cabinet.

Learn how to anchor your dishwasher so it doesn't tilt forward.

September 14, 2016
Dishwasher not filling with water.

It could be a failed door switch, overfill float switch or water inlet valve. See how to test them.

September 6, 2016
Dishwasher won't start.

Stuck control panel keys or a faulty door switch can prevent a dishwasher from starting.

February 26, 2016
Are you abusing your appliances?

Take our quiz to see how well you treat your appliances. Then, find out what you can do to help them last longer.

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

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan 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: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
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 diverter motor

Upper spray arms not getting water? The diverter motor could be broken. Use this guide to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher high-limit thermostat

Follow these steps to replace the high-limit thermostat in your dishwasher if prevents the heating element from heating.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher vent and fan assembly

If the control panel goes blank, the fan could be to blame. Replace the vent and fan assembly using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less