Kenmore Quiet Guard Standard Dishwasher Troubleshooting

The Kenmore Quiet Guard is designed to wash your dishes well each and every time. When you discover your dishwasher is not cleaning as well as you expected, it can be frustrating. Whether the problem is stuck-on food, water spots, the dishwasher not running at all or the water not draining, running through some troubleshooting steps may fix your problem.

Stuck-On Food

Step 1

Use detergent in your dishwasher every time you run a cycle.

Step 2

Rinse as much food off of your dishes as possible before placing them in the dishwasher.

Step 3

Test your water temperature by running your water on hot for one to two minutes. Place a candy or meat thermometer under the stream, the water should be at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust the temperature at the water heater if the water is too cold.

Step 4

Turn off showers or clothes washing machines while running the dishwasher to allow the proper water pressure.

Step 5

Make sure items are not nested within each other.

Step 6

Check to see if the spray arms are blocked.

Dishes Don’t Dry

Step 7

Fill the Rinse Aid dispenser with a Rinse Aid.

Step 8

Turn on the "Heat Dry" option.

Step 9

Do not nest items.

Water Doesn’t Drain

Step 10

Run your Garbage disposal to make sure it is not clogged.

Step 11

Check the plug at the bottom of the washer, and replace if it has been knocked loose.

Step 12

Check the drain hose running into your sink plumbing to make sure it is not kinked.

Dishwasher Not Starting

Step 13

Check to make sure the dishwasher door is closed.

Step 14

Make sure the "Delay Wash" option is not selected.

Step 15

Check under your sink to make sure the water supply is on.

Step 16

Check your breaker box to make sure a switch has not been tripped.