Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher Troubleshooting

Amy Kingston

The Ultra Wash line of dishwashers is manufactured by Kenmore and is covered by a 1-year warranty. If the dishwasher is used for household purposes, Kenmore will pay all repair costs during the first year. If the dishwasher ever develops leaks in the tub or the inner door panel, they will repair it free of charge.

If problems arise, troubleshoot the dishwasher to determine if a service call is needed.

  1. Press the overflow protection float down if the dishwasher does not fill. It will not fill if the float cannot move freely.

  2. Turn the temperature up on the hot water heater to increase the temperature of the hot water entering the dishwasher, if the cycle takes too long. The dishwasher will wait until the water is the correct temperature before it washes or rinses the items that have been loaded into it..

  3. Use less detergent or a different brand if a white residue develops on the front access panel. Excess foam will leave a residue on the panel. Remove residue with a damp cloth.

  4. Load the dishwasher properly and use a detergent designed for dishwashers if food is left on dishes. Measure the detergent carefully before placing it in the dispenser. Remove detergent caked up in the dispenser with a paper towel.

  5. Wash aluminum items by hand to prevent black or gray marks on dishes. Remove marks on dishes with a mild abrasive cleaner.

  6. Avoid using heated drying so that orange stains on the tub caused by tomato-based foods will fade quicker. The staining will not affect the performance of the dishwasher. Avoid staining by rinsing dishes soiled with tomato-based foods before loading.

  7. Fill the rinse aid dispenser with a liquid rinse agent if dishes do not dry completely. Use the “Heated Dry” cycle. “Air-Dry” and “Energy-Saving Dry” do not produce heat and may not dry the dishes completely. Dry plastic dishes with a towel.

  8. Load dishes so that they do not strike other dishes during the cycle to prevent chipping or damage to dishes. Avoid placing antique dishes, delicate glassware or feather-edged crystal in the dishwasher.