Dishwasher repair guides

Use our step-by-step repair guides and videos to replace dishwasher parts including the water valve, pump assembly and all other major dishwasher components. Our error code charts have troubleshooting tips to help you fix your dishwasher when the display flashes a code. Our DIY repair help covers common repairs that you'd find in Kenmore dishwasher model 665 repair manuals. Our troubleshooting tips can also help you repair dishwasher brands such a Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana and Frigidaire. Search your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your dishwasher, then order the part you need.

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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 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
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher water inlet valve

If your dishwasher fills constantly or won't fill at all, the water inlet valve has failed. You can replace it in about half an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
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
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher drain pump

Follow these steps to replace the drain pump in your dishwasher if it's not pumping water from the dishwasher tub.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
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 heating element

Dishes not drying as fast as they should? The dishwasher heating element could be on the fritz. Here's how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
45 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 lower spray arm

If the lower spray wash arm is damaged, you can install a new one in just a few minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
15 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
30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher timer

Follow these steps to replace the timer in your dishwasher if it fails to advance or does not operate properly.

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

If your dishwasher door is dented or you want it to match your cabinets or other appliances, this guide shows how to replace the dishwasher outer door panel.

Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace a dishwasher upper rack height adjuster

If the upper rack height adjuster in your dishwasher doesn't work, follow these steps to replace it.

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

If your dishwasher door drops open or slams shut, the door spring is probably broken. Replace both of them, following these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

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: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems

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.

June 19, 2019

How to load a dishwasher video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

September 29, 2016

Dishwasher detergent cup not opening video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

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!