DIY dishwasher repair

Sears PartsDirect can help with your dishwasher troubleshooting, whether your dishwasher won't start, doesn't drain or leaks on the floor. If your dishwasher is flashing an error code, our error code charts can help you diagnose the problem.

If you need more troubleshooting help with your dishwasher, we have loads of videos that walk you through what to check. Whether your dishwasher isn't draining or your dishwasher just won't start, we have troubleshooting videos to help you diagnose the problem. From troubleshooting a leaking dishwasher to showing you how to load a dishwasher to get the cleanest dishes, our articles and videos have tips and tricks to get your dishwasher working again.

Once you pinpoint the issue with your dishwasher, fix it using the step-by-step illustrated instructions and videos in our DIY repair guides. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your dishwasher, search for your model number.

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

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.

November 13, 2022

7 Tips to Get Your Dishwasher Ready for the Holidays

By Lyle Weischwill

Find professional tips that can help you get your dishwasher ready for the holidays.

December 23, 2021

How to reset a Whirlpool dishwasher

By Lyle Weischwill

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

April 10, 2020

Cleaning your appliances after a drinking water advisory

By Julie Riebe

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