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Kenmore dishwasher leaks


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#1 bkanter

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 04:53 AM

Hi, great forum,

My Kenmore DIshwasher leaks from the front left side (as I look at it). This does not happen on every load and it only comes out a little during the wash cycle but leaks mostly (a lot) during the rinse cycle. When I opened up the door it seemed as if there was to much water in the tub. After dooing some online research I put a level into the unit and it was level.

I do not see any cracks in the gasket.

Is it possible that the Float Bulb (more online research here) is clogged or not working to shut off the water inlet valve. I say this because the bulb was crusty with sediment and I cleaned it as best I could and it seemed to work and not leak for a few times. Is there a way to remove this and clean it out?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

Bill

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 12:14 PM

[user=2321]bkanter[/user] wrote:

Any other suggestions?

I suggest you read this and then post your model number. 


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 01:45 PM

Hi

Thanks for getting back to me.

 

i did post my model number in the form above. I thought that was where I was supposed to put it,

Sorry.

 

My Kenmore Dishwasher model # is KUDS24SEBL1

 

Thanks,

 

Bill


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 02:09 PM

Before you replace anything....

Remove the bottom rack and spray arm. There are several screws on the top of the pump housing. If they get loose(and they do) they will allow a jet of high pressure water to cause a wave in the tub that will push water out the front lip of the tub. There is also a seal under that cover with the screws. If the screws are not tight, remove them, check the seal, and put it back together tight. If the seal is messed up, you need to repace it.





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Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:19 PM

Hi Nick,

 

Thanks so much for responding.

I can't remove the screws (there are many of them) under the spray arm. It looks like I need a special screwdriver.

But I may have found the problem. There is a thick mesh screen (this may be what you are calling the seal) under and outside the pump housing. We have another dishwasher (same make and model) and in that one (which is less frequently used) you can see through the screen to the bottom. On the one that leaks you can't see into it at all. its all clogged up with a kind of white chauky sediment (which sometimes gets into the jets also). Is it possible that water is not going through that filter and is backing up? If that is the problem, is it possible to replace it myself?

Thanks,

 

Bill


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Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:39 PM

you need a Torx screwdriver set to remove those screws.

Try putting about a pint of vinagar in the machine, start it up in wash and let it wash with no dishes.

See if that removes the build up. Do it a few times if it's starting to work.

If it was mine, I would try CLR, but I can't say for sure it won't ruin any parts

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 03:44 PM

thanks so much,

I will try this and see if it works

Bill





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