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Dishwasher Upper Rack Adjuster – Part Number: WPW10546503
Dishwasher Upper Rack Adjuster
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PartSelect #: PS11756150
Manufacturer #: WPW10546503
This OEM Dishwasher Upper Rack Adjuster is a grayish-black, plastic part which will require a screwdriver to install. It fits onto the dishwasher rack and connects it to the track allowing it to slid...
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Door Balance Link Kit – Part Number: 8194001
Door Balance Link Kit
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Manufacturer #: 8194001
The door balance kit helps support the dishwasher door. This kit includes 2 door balance links and 2 door balance mounts with wheels.
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Mounting Bracket – Part Number: WP8269145
Mounting Bracket
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PartSelect #: PS11745496
Manufacturer #: WP8269145
Sold individually. This part secures the upper side of the dishwasher to the underside of the counter or cabinet to prevent the dishwasher from moving, shaking, or tilting forward.
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Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Left Side – Part Number: W11259785
Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Left Side
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PartSelect #: PS12584376
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Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Right Side – Part Number: W11259786
Dishwasher Dish Rack Slide Track - Right Side
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PartSelect #: PS12584377
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Tine Pivot – Part Number: WPW10082853
Tine Pivot
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PartSelect #: PS11748190
Manufacturer #: WPW10082853
The tine pivot clip, also known as the tine row pivot, is used in dishwashers and is located in the upper dishrack. At around 3 inches in length, the clip is used to keep the tine row in place in the ...
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Dishwasher Door Seal – Part Number: W11177741
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PartSelect #: PS12348515
Manufacturer #: W11177741
Door seal seals the gap between the opening to the dishwasher tub and the outer edge of the door.
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Dishwasher Positioner – Part Number: WPW10195840
Dishwasher Positioner
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PartSelect #: PS11750093
Manufacturer #: WPW10195840
Also known as rack adjuster. Sold individually. This is an original part from KitchenAid, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Jenn-Air, and Maytag for use with Dishwashers. The dishrack adjuster arm positioner clip...
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Touch-Up Paint - White – Part Number: 72017
Touch-Up Paint - White
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PartSelect #: PS385132
Manufacturer #: 72017
This 18 ml bottle of white appliance touch-up paint is used to cover scratches or marks on your appliance. The white touch-up paint can be used on refrigerators, microwaves, ranges, clothes dryers, an...
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Dishwasher Heating Element – Part Number: W10703867
Dishwasher Heating Element
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PartSelect #: PS9494999
Manufacturer #: W10703867
The heating element is not designed to heat the water that enters it, but is designed to maintain the heat of the water that enters the dishwasher. It is located on the bottom of the dishwasher.
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Dishwasher Dishrack Adjuster – Part Number: WPW10195839
Dishwasher Dishrack Adjuster
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PartSelect #: PS11750092
Manufacturer #: WPW10195839
Sold individually. This dishrack adjuster is for dishwashers. Dishrack adjuster lets you change the height of the dishwasher's upper rack. Wear work gloves to protect your hands when installing this part.
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Drain Hose – Part Number: 8269144A
Drain Hose
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PartSelect #: PS2358130
Manufacturer #: 8269144A
This drain hose is 6 and 1/2 feet.
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Renny
December 27, 2019
Clogged drain
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Hello Renny, thank you for your inquiry. The drain hose might be clogged. To unclog the drain hose, remove the drain hose from both the dishwasher and the sink drain and clean it out. The drain hose is most commonly clogged near the garbage disposer or dishwasher drain branch tailpiece. I hope this information helps!

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Lynell
March 25, 2023
Hi, I moved into a home with this dishwasher and I noticed my plates (standard dinner plates) is catching the water propeller so it won’t spin. I was hoping to order a rack adjuster to lift the second rack up ..maybe an inch so the water propeller will spin freely. Do you think this will work?
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Hi Lynell, thank you for your inquiry. To fix the issue, you may need to replace the dishrack adjuster, part number PS11750092. The dishrack adjuster lets you change the height of the dishwasher's rack. Glad to be of help!

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Kenneth
June 14, 2023
dishwasher lights come on and after enter command, the dishwasher does not start.
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Hello Kenneth, thank you for the question. Make sure your Control Lock feature is not turned on. To turn off Control Lock, press and hold CONTROL LOCK or 4 HOUR DELAY (depending on model) for 3 seconds. The light turns off. f your model requires you to press and hold 4 HOUR DELAY to lock the controls, the Control Lock LED will be on or off to indicate if Control Lock is active or not. If this is not the issue, you will need to replace the control board, part number PS11759624. We hope this solves your problem!

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Kandi
August 11, 2023
I have a kitchenaid dishwasher that is leaking and I’m told it needs a diverter and sump?
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Hello Kandi, thank you for contacting us. According to our research, if the dishwasher is leaking from the bottom centre, then you may need to check the sump assembly, part number PS11755006, to fix the issue. We hope this helps!

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Quincy
November 13, 2023
I had to replace the diverter valve seal to repair a water leak. In order to get at this I had to remove the lower rack from the dishwasher. It was not easy to remove the lower pull rack which in many dishwasher repair videos you merely pull the drawer all the way out and lift up and out. This model though uses ball bearing drawer glides which are difficult to separate from the lower rack. I found a video where you push or pull a plastic lever on each side to release the rack from the glides. However, now that I want to reinstall the rack it is not obvious how to do so and I ended up breaking the plastic lever on the right side. appeared to be very brittle. Not sure what I need to replace to fix this. Ready to replace the whole thing, or beat with a bat in the back yard or just continue to wash my dishes by hand. Poor design. Awful design. any help on how to fix this?
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Hi Quincy, thank you for reaching out. Based on the description you have provided, you may need to replace the rack support right side, part number PS11755310. We have found the instructions to install the lower dish rack and the rack support. These may not be of the same model but will help you in installation. You may need to follow these steps: 1. Pull out the lower dish rack and lift up the locking tabs, bend the adjustable tine row to remove it from the rack supports. 2. Depress the retaining tab and slide the support back to detach. 3. Install the new support by properly aligning it on the rack. 4. Push forward to secure it. 5. Reinsert the ends of the adjustable tine row into the supports and snap it into place. 6. Reinstall the rack by aligning the supports on the tracks, then slide the rack back until the supports lock into place. We hope this information helps!

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Replaced Hinge Link
Pulled dishwasher from under counter, attached link to spring, hooked spring back into frame/chassis, threaded link through pulleys, attached other end of link onto door, reinstalled dishwasher under counter. All's well. Note-I purchased an extra link anticipating that the other one will fail. They're cheap enough.
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Door Balance Link Kit
  • Scott from Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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Door spring link broken
1. Open the dishwasher and remove the two plastic grommets about halfway down on either side of the opening. Then remove the two screws under the grommets.

2. Remove the kick plate under the door. May have to lower unit by turning the feet using the adjustable wrench.

3. Make sure you have enough slack in the water input line and electrical wiring that you can pull the dishwasher out about 12 inches or more.

4. There is a spring and nylon rope link on both sides of the unit. Probably just one link is broken, but the replacement comes with two, so you can replace both or save one as a spare. Look at the good side and it should be pretty self explanatory how it attaches. I found it easiest to first thread the link around the lower pulley, then attach the link to the spring, then spring to the rear support, then the link to the door.

5. Reverse (2 to 1) to reinstall the dishwasher.
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Door Balance Link Kit
  • Sean from Ramona, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
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The door would drop open when it was released
This was the second time I had this problem so I knew the symptoms and remedy. The tools needed were two nut drivers a ¼” and 5/16” along with a flat pry bar and Phillips screw driver. I started by removing the lower front panel by removing the two ¼” screws on either side. The lower panel will lift up and then can be removed by pulling on the bottom. There is a flat sheet metal piece behind the front panel with insulation that can be removed very easily along with the front panel. When the front panel is removed it exposes the front legs that may need to be dropped to let you lift the dishwasher over the tile (if you have ceramic tiles). The next step would be to remove any ties to the counter top if it is attached. Mine were attached by the two straps on either side with Phillips screws. After the top is free, lower the front legs by lifting the dishwasher with the flat pry bar and threading the legs up into their holders. With the legs lifted the dishwasher can be pulled out to expose the tension springs located along the sides at the very bottom. Chances are the ropes are broken off the plastic holders that fit over the door hooks.
Remove the plastic guides by removing the 5/16” nut from the middle of the lower roller. Remember to note which hole the screw is coming from this also sets the tension for how fast or slowly the door drops. Placing the nut closer to the front will drop the door slowly and toward the back will drop the door more quickly. I placed mine in the middle hole. When the plastic guides are removed attach the nylon pope to the spring and attach to the back of the dishwasher. There is a hole located on a flat piece of sheet metal the spring will attach to at the back of the dishwasher (if it is broken). Check the other side if it is still in tact. With the spring in place weave the rope around the plastic guides then pull the springs to help get the plastic end over the door hook located at the bottom of the door. Repeat this operation for the other side (kit has a both sides covered) and reinstall dishwasher in cabinet.
Steps
1) Remove front panel (1/4” nut)
2) Release Dishwasher from Cabinet
3) Lower front legs
4) Pull Dishwasher out from under Cabinet
5) Remove Rope Guide (5/16” nut)
6) Install new Rope Guide (Supplied in Kit)
7) Attach new rope to Spring and attach spring to dishwasher
8) Weave rope through rope guide
9) With door closed pull spring to relieve tension so rope can be attached to door
10) Repeat for other side (Kit has both sides)
Parts Used:
Door Balance Link Kit
  • David from La Quinta, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver
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