How do I Fix a Grinding Noise in a Kenmore Dishwasher?

Written by meredith jameson
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Kenmore dishwashers are sold in various colours and sizes and have many different features, including an Energy Star rating, stainless steel tub, water filtration, adjustable racks, high temperature wash settings, rinse and delay options, quick wash cycle and a food grinder to remove large food debris from the dishwasher. If there is a loud grinding noise coming from the dishwasher, some troubleshooting steps may identify and resolve the problem, although larger problems may require service.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clean cloth(s)

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  1. 1

    Turn off and unplug the Kenmore dishwasher.

  2. 2

    Pull out the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Locate the food grinder on the bottom of the tub and remove any food items, utensils or other objects that may have fallen in the grinder.

  3. 3

    Lift out the spray arm from the bottom of the tub and look inside for the impeller, which looks like a plastic fan that spins. Remove any objects or debris that may be creating the noise in the impeller. Restore the spray arm.

  4. 4

    Find the overfill protection float in the lower right corner of the tub. Lift up the float and check for objects underneath that may be creating a grinding noise and clean as necessary. Replace the float.

  5. 5

    Contact Kenmore for assistance, as other problems that create a grinding noise include a broken or damaged motor, heater fan or water inlet valve.

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