KDP-20 KitchenAid Dishwasher Heating element

Sprayall

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Model Number
KDP-20
Brand
KitchenAid
Age
More than 10 years
Hi everybody. I'm new to the forum. First post that is. I have a KDP-20 that stopped heating therefore wouldn't do anything beyond filling. I rewired the one end. The wire had corroded into 2 pieces. It's working fine now but I was searching for a new heating element even though it checked about 18 ohms. I'm having a hard time finding one. Please verify part number as B-241267. Also, I was hoping someone here might know what type of seals are used where the ends pass through the tub. It seems that a small leak at that one end is what contributed to the corrosion of the connector. Wish I knew how to attach photo. Thanks in advance for all and any advice!
Jim.
 

Jake

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Hi Jim,

Here's the parts diagram for your model: Parts for KitchenAid KDP20: Water Heater Parts

Remember Jim, this dishwasher is almost 40 years old, finding parts for it will be a challenge to say the least.

Did you ohm test the heating element thermostat #5 to see if it has continuity?

The heating element water seals are listed on that parts diagram, but again they will be a nightmare to find.

To upload photos--->Just Click "Go Advanced" at the bottom right side of this Quick Reply editor that we type in, then you will see the MANAGE Attachments Button.

Jake
 

Sprayall

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Thanks Jake. I think that's the same one I found earlier but better quality scan. I think I will take it apart sometime soon and spec out seals that fit. I only ohm tested the element itself. Should I have tested the thermostat too? Just for continuity or is there a range that the resistance should be within? Could it make the heating element overheat? I swear I can hear the water boiling before it's done heating.
I almost did replace this vintage piece but then I read so many people regretting doing so.
 

Jake

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Its been way too many years since I worked on this model, I can't remember Jim if that heating element thermostat should read continuity, I pretty sure it should.

Could it make the heating element overheat? I swear I can hear the water boiling before it's done heating.
Again Jim, its been too many years I don't remember.


I almost did replace this vintage piece but then I read so many people regretting doing so.
Get a Maytag Dishwasher, I own one and it works great, it has a very strong METAL wash motor in it. The Whirlpool and KitchenAid dishwashers have had many problems with there cheap plastic wash motor.

I bought my Maytag dishwasher when I moved from Oregon to Arizona in March of 2014 and not a single problem with it at all, dishes and silverware are sparkling clean every time, and I'm on well water too boot.:)

Here's the Maytag I own: Maytag MDB4949SHZ 24 Inch Built In Full Console Dishwasher

Nows the best time to buy a Maytag Dishwasher, all the appliance stores are having their annual Memorial Day sales right now.:)

Jake
 
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