My husband cleaned out the water inlet valve and we just put in a whole house water filter. Is the valve not working properly if the water level does not seem to get high enough? Should the fill water "just touch" the heater element or cover it completely? We are worrying that the reason the last element went was because the inlet valve was plugged from sediment and burned it out. We have since replaced the heater element and the water pump/motor assembly.
Answer Hello Tess,
The water level will not cover the heating element. As a matter of fact, if it contacts the heating element, it is filling with more water than most units fill with. You see, the water is heated while the water is being circulated, so the heater is designed to heat the water as it drops back down into the tub during the wash cycle. Now the issue I'm concerned about is the whole house water filtration system. These tends to drastically drop the water pressure. The issue with this is the fact that the water valve is closed by water pressure. If the water valve closes too slowly, you could wind up with an overfill situation. Other than this, I really doubt that you will have an issue from the fill level.
My Kitchen Aid dishwasher developed a water leak (it appears) at the Fill Valve Assembly. Can this part leak, or do I need to look elsewhere. What is the correct part number for me to order from you?
Answer Hello Roger! Yes, the water inlet valve can develop a leak if defective. Check the inlet hose to make sure it has not developed a leak and that the clamp is seated tightly. The inlet valve is part number W10158389. Thanks!
When I turn the dishwasher on it sounds as if water is filling the machine, but when I open it the dishwasher was dry. I made sure the overflow switch isn't stuck but it still doesn't work. Any ideas?
Answer Hello Ri,
If the unit isn't making a hissing noise at the beginning of the cycle, the water isn't going into the unit. I would probably change the water inlet valve W10158389 if no shut-offs have been turned off under the sink.
When filling with water their is vibration coming from water inlet valve. Every time water comes in.
Answer Hello Larry. Based on the information you provided, it sounds like the water valve W10158389 is bad and will need to be replaced on the unit.
It seems there is not enough pressure to turn the spray arms. Could it be this inlt valve?
Answer Hello Dan. Yes, if the water level is not filling the dishwasher up to the proper level, you may have a bad inlet valve on the unit. You can check and see if the water level fills to the heater. If not, you will need to replace the water valve in the unit.
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My Kitchenaid dishwasher is not cleaning dishes in the top rack (the arm does not move during operation). I have cleaned out the screen to the food grinder, the tube up to the washer arm is clear, water pressure seems to be fine going into the dishwasher. What next?
Answer Hello Cheryl. Check and make sure the water level inside the dishwasher is correct and it is filling up to the heater. If not, replace the water valve W10158389 in the unit. It is bad and is not letting in enough water to clean the dishes.
Will this part prevent dishwasher to fill?
Answer Hello Ken. Yes, if the water valve W10158389 is bad, it will prevent the unit from filling with water. Hope this helps.