Odor in dishwasher stuck valve in vertical tube replace check valve
Victor F. • Durham, NC • December 26, 2014
Appliance: Model KENMORE 665.16483300
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The odor in the dishwasher was due to scum buildup in the walls, the racks, and in the lower part of the drain below the lower rotating arm. One of the valves in the vertical tube was stuck in the open position; since the valves cannot be replaced, the entire tube needed replacement. The check valve probably needed no replacement, but once I opened the bottom part, I decided to replace it anyway. I used this Youtube video to replace the tube, open and clean the drainage part of the washer:
Follow the video and you will have no problems. Tools needed: 10, 15, 20 torx set, needle nose pliers (for the check valve), rags or paper towels, sponge and baking soda to clean up the scum.
The air inlet deteriorated and needed replacement; scum also built up under the broken air inlet and need to be removed. I used this Youtube video to remove the front panel:
Be advised that in the Kenmore Elite washer it is very tricky to remove the screws holding the air inlet. Once the front panel is removed, close the door, disengage the plastic wire retainer and remove the horizontal metal bar that retained the wires. Use a piece of wood to pry the lower metal cover open and remove the screws with a 3/16 socket. Clean the area thoroughly behind the inlet, use duct tape to secure the new inlet in position. Use a magnetic hex tool or a piece of chewing gum and a 3/16 inch hex socket to reinsert the screws. Reassemble everything, remove duct tape, and you are in business.