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FIXED KitchenAid Dishwasher KDFE104DWH4 washing performance decrease

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FacietteD

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Hello,

My dishwasher has a hard time dissolving the pellets. I find food particles on plates and jars come out dirty every time. It performs way less than when it was new. I use dishwasher cleaner regularly and spray arms are not clogged. Thanks
 

Jake

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Good Morning,

Didn't we already go over this problem here:

You said the new wash motor fixed it.:)

Jake
 

FacietteD

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Hi Jake,

The pump replacement solved the unfinished cycles problem. As I remember it was also cleaning OK after the repair but it is getting worse now.
 

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That's very odd, because it sounds like that wash motor is not running properly. Where did you buy it at?

After it fills open the door and see how much water is in the bottom of the tub.

Also, do you run the hot water at the sink first before you start the dishwasher? So it can purge all the cold water out of your water supply line first.

Jake
 

FacietteD

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Jake,

I bought the pump at partselect.ca, it looked the same as the old one. The water level is just under the top of the filter (seems low to me). I don’t purge the hot water line, I’ll try it.
Some spray arms holes are clogged, is there a trick to get the stuff out?
 

FacietteD

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Here is the water level
 

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Jake

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Water level looks too low.

Turn the water supply off to the dishwasher underneath your sink, then take off the water line that connects to your water inlet valve and see if your screen is clogged up, thus not letting enough water come in the dishwasher.

Here's the water inlet valve for your model:
Water Inlet Valve W11175771


There is a video in that part link that shows you how to access the water inlet valve, see the water inlet valve screen in the photo above?

Jake
 

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Yes, I'd still replace it since its not filling with enough water.

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Excellent FacietteD, glad to hear the new water inlet valve fixed it.(y)

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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