Our Kenmore elite diswasher has mold growing in the air inlet at the bottom inside of the door. After 1.5 years of use we noticed a bad smell, after feeling the bottom of the door I noticed old food/mold I then took off the air inlet and the amount of slimmy mold/food was disgusting. What would cause the mold/food on the inside of the air inlet??
The food ending up in the air gap, also known as beaching, is caused by 1 of 2 things. 1. Too much detergent usage. You want to make sure that you are using the correct amount of detergent per grains of hardness of water. 2. Water not hot enough to activate detergent. You have to make sure that the water temp in the tub after the first fill is at least 120 degrees. You also want to make sure that you are purging the water line before starting dishwasher. Run the water at the sink til it is at its hottest point then turn on dishwasher.
i am having leak at front door area, but what should i do if the unit is filling above the heating element? is this a problem? If so how do I fix? I have already cleaned and checked all hose drain connections. I will check my levels, but I can't bring it up anymore than it already is due to countertop. The inlet seal looks good, not tears. unit is 10 yrs old but all seals are good with no tears.
Answer Earl, Your water level is a bit high, When properly filled the water level should at least touch the bottom of the element, and no more than half way up at it's highest level. Your first check should be the float 8268895 it needs to move freely up and down. Check the float shaft for grease and detergent build up, and the switch mount has not been disturbed or dislodged 8193506. If all's Ok, unlatch the door several times while the machine is filling and make sure the valve stops filling immediately, you may have a "sticky" fill valve. Thanks and Good Luck
I have a leak under the front door only when the dishwasher is emptying the water. I found several pieces of what looks like old black gasket at the bottom of the door when opening the door. Is there a door gasket, and how do you replace it?
Answer Hi Roger. The Lower door seal kit is part # 4172127. This is the part that has 2-seperate hard rubber blocks that go inside the front outer corners to help seal with the door seal strip included in the kit. Is the unit level front to back, and side to side? Make sure that all 4- legs touch the floor. Thank you.
How do I remove and install the air inlet part?
Answer Hello Lynn. You will need to disconnect the power to the unit and remove the inner door panel. Once removed, you can access and replace the air inlet 8268937. Hope this helps.
I'm experiencing an intermittent water leak on the lower right door area. I inspected the air inlet seal, door gasket, and float and see no reason of leak. I have noticed a buildup of soap residue of which I cleaned up. I was looking at replacing the air inlet and door seals. Any suggestions? How difficult is it to replace the air inlet seal?
Answer Hello Art. Is the unit level side to side and front to back? Is the unit over filling above the element? Check the float stem to see if it is properly placed in the switch below. Is the door seal ripped or nicked on the RT. side? Let the washer start in a reg. wash and then open the door slowly (as not to fling any water out) and see if you can spot the door seal leaking. The door seal is part # 8193942. These are a couple more things to check. The air inlet may be defective as you inclined. This part # is 8268937. Thank you.