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 dishwasher brands such a Kenmore, 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 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 door seal

Learn how to stop a leaky dishwasher by replacing the door seal.

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
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher overfill float switch

If the dishwasher gets a little too much water in it or won't fill at all, the overflow fill switch might have failed. This repair guide shows how to replace it in 8 steps.

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
How to replace a dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly

When the spray arm won’t spray, you might need to replace the circulation pump and motor assembly. Here's how.

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 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 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 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
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 electronic control board

The electronic control board governs all the dishwasher's functions, so if it fails, you could see a range of symptoms. Follow these step-by-step 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
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
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
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
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.

September 29, 2016
Dishwasher not draining video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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

September 28, 2016
Dishwasher has no power video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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 video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

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