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

May 10, 2022
Introduction image for dishwasher main parts.

Learn about the main parts of a dishwasher and how to troubleshoot common problems.

January 5, 2022
Dishwasher cycles

Learn about the length of cycles for your dishwasher

December 23, 2021
Dishwasher won't start.

Learn how to reset a Whirlpool dishwasher when its control freezes up.

August 18, 2021
Using a wiring schematic to trace a current.

Find out what’s wrong with your appliance by following a circuit.

July 9, 2021
How to clean stainless steel appliances.

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

December 19, 2020
How to refasten a dishwasher to the cabinet.

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

April 10, 2020
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.

September 26, 2019
Protect your smart appliances from hackers with these steps.

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

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

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

January 24, 2019
Replacing the dishrack track rollers on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers.

Why you need to pull the dishwasher out of the cabinet for this repair.

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.

March 23, 2018
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.

September 29, 2016
Dishwasher not draining.

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

September 6, 2016
Dishwasher won't start.

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

August 30, 2016
A dishwasher that has power but won't run could be set in demo mode.

This list shows how to disable the demo mode on a variety of dishwashers.

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

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

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 door latch assembly

If the dishwasher door doesn't click shut, a broken door latch is a likely cause. Follow these instructions to replace it yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a dishwasher user interface control

The user interface control houses the selection buttons and display. If it fails, you can't select the cycle and settings. Follow these instructions to replace it yourself.

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