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FIXED Teen daughter killed our Kenmore 1385

kentuckyduck

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Oct 30, 2013
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Location
Kentucky
Model Number
665.13853K602
Brand
Sears Kenmore
Age
1-5 years
We have a Kenmore Elite 1385 (665.13853K602). Had it about 5 years and never had any issues with the appliance.

We've been using dishwasher tablets that have a gel coating and dissolve for the past several years. Just switched to invididually wrapped tabs. Lo and behold our 14-year-old daughter doesn't notice that she actually had to remove the tablet from the wrapper and pops the wrapped tab into the dispenser.

Next morning discover 3" of water in the bottom of unit and dishwashing tablet (still intact - nice job sealing that puppy!) floating on top of the water. Guessing that the tab blocked the drain and killed the cycle. Now all lights are out on the D/W. Tried resetting breaker -- to no avail.

At work now and will do continuity test on thermal fuse when I get home but any other likely culprits? Will the unit kick itself off if the drain is clogged?
 

Jake

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Hi,

Will the unit kick itself off if the drain is clogged?
Yes, but the control panel display lights would still work and still respond when pressing them.:)

So its likely your thermal fuse went out if everything is dead.

You'd need to ohm the thermal fuse for continuity with a multimeter, breaker off first to the dishwasher.

Watch this video to test it:

[video=youtube;L-tAMHQbivc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-tAMHQbivc&feature=player_embedded[/video]

Here's the thermal fuse for your model you can order here:
Thermal Fuse W10258275 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com


You have to replace the wires that come in the kit to permanently fix this fuse from going out constantly.

Here's the video, it shows the square THERMAL FUSE, you do the same for the round one as far installing the new wire kit that comes with it:

<embed width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jdlVbTXm8SY?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true">

Jake
 

Jake

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Excellent, sounds good.:)

Jake
 
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