How to Remove a Float Switch From a Kenmore Dishwasher

If your Kenmore dishwasher will not fill properly, the problem is a faulty float switch.

The float switch in a Kenmore dishwasher ensures that the dishwasher will not overfill. As the water fills the dishwasher, the float rises and operates the switch. If the float switch is dysfunctional, it could be preventing the dishwasher from filling at all. To replace the float switch, the old one must first be removed. Removing the float switch in a Kenmore dishwasher is completed in about ten minutes.

Shut off the circuit breaker that supplies electricity to the dishwasher.

Remove the screws that secure the kick panel to the bottom of the dishwasher. Set aside the kick panel.

Locate the float switch which is directly under the float. Use a flashlight to illuminate underneath the dishwasher to help you find the switch.

Pull off the two wires connected to the float switch using a pair of needle-nosed pliers. The wires are attached with clips that pull off the terminals of the switch.

Unscrew the two screws that secure the float switch to the bracket attached to the frame of the dishwasher. Remove the float switch from underneath the dishwasher.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Needle-nosed pliers

About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.