Having problems with your Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" BuiltIn Dishwasher with TurboZone Rotating Spray Jets 13103 ?

Water coming out front of dw at start of wash cycle. I leveled the unit. no luck. if you open the door during fill cycle the water does not shut off. also, may be a problem with float shut off working properly. what should I try next? Kenmore Elite 16579


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Check float to insure that it is free to move, it sounds like the dishwasher is over filling. That is assumed that you have not changed the type or amount of detergent being used.Also there is a probability that the drain inside the machine could be plugged. Also check the latch and the rubber gasket/seal around the door.
Also it could be the water solenoid is faulty. The valve is staying open. In back of the lower front panel near the front you'll see copper tubing going into a blue or green plastic solenoid with two wires going to it. This is the water solenoid. Inside is a steel slug that moves to open the water feed. Yours is stuck open. So guess it's time for a new valve.

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Dishwashers use an inverted cup float to measure the water level in the tub.

The tub has a tube extending up from the bottom that serves as a standpipe. The inverted cup has a rod that goes down through that tube and rests on a cam from the water level micro-switch. As water enters the tub air is trapped inside the inverted cup and the cup floats upwards as the water rises. In turn the rod rises and allows the cam on the micro switch to rise also. When the tub reaches its preset limit the float has raised high enough to allow the micro switch to open, which in turn closes the solenoid water valve turning the water off.
Often the shaft of the float switch or the inside of the standpipe tub gets coated with soap scum or cooking oil and making it gummy. This then sticks the float down so it cannot rise to signal when the tub is full.

Lift the float upwards, it is loose and will lift right out. Clean the inside of the cup, the rod which extends downward and the inside of the standpipe tube. Replace the cup and check the function. The cleaning should resolve your problem. If not the problem is either a defective micro switch or solenoid valve.

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