Originally Posted by spebola
Thanks for the quick response. I am not sure what you mean by drum, but I assumed it was the rotating arms just above the heating element. I just tried to spin it and it wobbles quite a bit and actually hits the brackets holding the heating element. That may be because there is no water pressure.
If this is the issue, is the drum easy to replace? Or would you recommend replacing the dishwasher (13 years old)? I have tools and have repaired washing machines.
Spebola, a couple of preliminary checks. Start the dishwasher in a cycle, allow the dishwasher to fill and the motor to start and run a minute. Unlatch and open the door, remove the lower rack and check the water level in the bottom of the tub, it should be within 1/8 to 1/4 inches of the heater element. Also check the water temperature, it should be at least 120 Dgrs.F. at this point.
The K/A dishwasher has thermostats and sensors that control the time in the control. if the water temperature is too low, or there's not enough water in the tub, the control can "stall" until the proper temperature is reached, causing the wash cycle to run extended periods of time. There are other possibilities, but start with the basics first