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Hello, I donít believe my dishwasher Kenmore Elite 665.13183K802 is properly heating water. The heater comes on for the drying

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Default Kenmore will dry but not heat water
Model Number: 665.13183K802   Brand: Kenmore   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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Hello, I donít believe my dishwasher Kenmore Elite 665.13183K802 is properly heating water. The heater comes on for the drying dishes, but Iíve done a few spot checks during the wash cycle, and the water tests lukewarm and the heating element is never hot. A few things:

1. The sump is gently leaking at the diverter motor (a common complaint for this model), so I will need to replace the sump/diverter.
2. I ran Service Diagnostics. No error codes. The heating element was hot at end of the diagnostics cycle.
3. I run my faucet so the water is 120 degrees first entering the machine, but my hot water tap gradually then goes cold, so subsequent fills may not be 120 degrees)
4. My dishwasher is connected to hot water feed.

Maybe Iím checking the water at the wrong times? When in the cycle should I be checking to see if the heater is coming on? Does the heating element only turn on during ďthermal holdsĒ and should be checking then?

The heating element itself doesnít seem to be broken, since it is turning on during the dry cycle. What other parts could be at fault and how to test them (multimeter?).

PS --- We usually do a wash every couple of days. At the start of a wash cycle, the machine first flushes out any standing water left in the drain hose from the previous wash. Our drain hose goes to an air gap aove the sink, and then back into the garbage disposal. And that water will be very foul smelling, like rotten eggs, enough to smell across the room. The dishwasher is properly piped in terms of the p-trap, so itís not sewer gas. I mention the foul water, because weíve had the machine since 2010, and itís only starting smelling the past 6 months, which is when Iíve felt the water might not be so hot. Iíve just clean the machine and sump real good, but Iím thinking the lack of really hot water is letting bacteria stew in the machine. And in the past, I remember that when the washer would drain out water during a cycle, that water emptying into the disposal would be hot, steam rising from it. Not anymore.

Any help appreciated, thanks!


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