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FIXED Always blows thermal fuse and is full of water - is it the float valve?


Premium Member
Oct 29, 2014
Defiance, Ohio
Model Number
Sears Kenmore
6-10 years
My dishwasher blew a thermal fuse so I replaced it. However, I've replaced several since as it keeps breaking down. What happens is we find the dishwasher off, then when we open it it's full of standing water, up and over the heating element.

I've cleaned the float valve and it seems that the drain isn't clogged because once I replace the thermal fuse and hit 'cancel/drain' it drains out fine.

So I'm curious - it seems like once the dishes are washed the thing won't go into drain mode and is some how shorting itself out.

Any ideas?
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We would need the model number of your dishwasher first, the model number tag should be inside the door on the top or side frame.

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Then you will see a link that says: What is a model number, and where do I find it?.

When you replaced the thermal fuse did you also replace the new wires that came with it? If not, that's why it keeps blowing out.

Once you post your model number I can link you to your thermal fuse and video to show you how to replace the wires that come with it.

Thanks Jake for the help. The model number is:


As far as the wires - no I didn't replace those. Here's why - when I found out that Sears wanted 30-40 bucks for the thermal fuse I decided to look into the fuse part itself. Then I decided to track down the manufacturer of the actual fuse via the serial number (which is very hard to read). Rather than pay 30-40 bucks for 1 fuse I ended up getting 5 for a couple bucks.

So I took the fuse and connected it directly to the connecting wires. Hence why they weren't replaced. Now I'm wondering if I should re-wire those lead wires? The fuse itself was a little plastic part with the thermal fuse inside it - so there were only little terminals vs. wires. I'm guessing from your description I may need to replace those connectors w/ wires leading to the thermal fuse.

Thanks again for you help!
Thanks for posting your model number.

You can't use just any thermal fuse when it comes to dishwashers.

You will need to purchase the OEM thermal fuse kit, Its only $20 here:
Thermal Fuse 675813 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy.

Then read the directions for installing the new wires that come with it.

I can't assist you if you don't get the OEM thermal fuse kit, and keep trying to use those non-OEM thermal fuses.

Yes, the wires go bad as well.

Let us know how it goes.:)

Hi - I waited to respond to make sure all is well. And so far after installing the replacement kit we've ran several washes through w/o any issues. Thank you!
Excellent, good job.:)

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