Kenmore Dishwasher Error Codes – Solutions and Pdf

Kenmore dishwasher error codes are concise indicators used to identify issues with the appliance and help users better understand repair or maintenance needs without providing specific examples. These codes offer a quick diagnosis and serve as a basic guide for swift troubleshooting and, if necessary, seeking expert technical support. Each code signifies a different problem, enabling users to gain a clearer understanding of their appliance’s condition. This, in turn, allows users to address issues more promptly and improve the dishwasher’s performance.

Most Common Codes

F1E1Stuck relay on the electronic control board
F1E2Damaged or corrupted memory on control board. Incompatible software components inside microprocessor.
F2E1Stuck button on the user interface control
F2E2User interface control can't communicate with electronic control board
F3E1Thermistor/OWI sensor failure
F3E2Shorted thermistor/OWI sensor
F3E3OWI failed to calibrate or the drain hose check valve failed, allowing dirty water to backflow into the dishwasher
F4E1Communication error between the electronic control board and the circulation pump motor
F4E2Communication error between the electronic control board and the circulation pump motor
F5E1Door switch failure
F5E2Control detects door not opening
F6E1Won’t fill
F6E2Water inlet valve failure
F6E3Suds or air are in the water pump
F6E4The float switch is open
F6E6Incoming water is too cold
F6E7Disconnected or damaged flow meter
F6E8Problem with water softener regeneration valve
F7E1Heating element doesn't work
F7E2Heating element won't shut off
F8E1Slow drain
F8E2Drain pump electrical problem
F9E1Electronic control board can't detect the position of the diverter disc
F9E2Diverter motor is stuck on
FAE1Detergent dispenser failure
FAE2Vent wax motor electrical problem
FAE3Drying fan failure

Parts Meaning

Kenmore Dishwasher Components
Kenmore Dishwasher Components


  • Noise Reduction System: A two-pump motor system, the Suspended Motor and triple insulation make this dishwasher one of the quietest in North America.
  • Stainless Steel Giant Tub: A rust-free, hygienic interior surface with a lifetime warranty.
  • Nylon Coated Racks: Eliminate cuts and nicks, and have a five year warranty.
  • Concealed Heating Element: Heats water up to a sanitizing temperature.
  • Condensation Drying: A high temperature final rinse, a low temperature stainless steel tub, and the sheeting action of a rinse agent result in drying that is hygienic, energy efficient, and economical.
  • SmartSensor: Checks water condition and decides whether a second fresh water fill is necessary.
  • Triple Filtration System: Multiple filters ensure distribution of clean water and protect the main pump and the drain pump from foreign material.
  • Water Shut-Off: A safety feature that stops the flow of incoming water, if water is detected in the base of the dishwasher.
  • Time Delay: This option allows you to delay the start time of your dishwasher.
  • Upper Rack & Lower Rack Flip Tines: Increase the rack flexibility to accommodate larger/taller items.
  • Half Load: Reduces the energy and water consumption when washing small, lightly soiled loads.
  • Adjustable Racks: The top rack can be raised or lowered to accommodate tall items in the top and bottom racks.

Loading the Dishwasher

Kenmore Dishwasher Loading
Kenmore Dishwasher Loading
Kenmore Dishwasher Control Panel
Kenmore Dishwasher Control Panel


Dishwashers may occasionally exhibit problems that are unrelated to a malfunction of the dishwasher itself. The following information may help you with a dishwasher problem without involving a repair professional.

Dishwasher does not startDoor may not be properly latched. Shut the door completely.
Dishwasher beeping (end of cycle signal)Default factory settings alert the customer that the cycle has completed by beeping. This feature can be deactivated if so desired.
Display does not illuminate or console lights are not onA fuse may have been blown or circuit breaker tripped. Check the fuse or circuit breaker box and replace the fuse or reset the breaker if necessary.
Dishwasher seems to run a long timeIncoming water is not warm enough. Before starting a cycle, run hot water faucet at the sink nearest to the dishwasher.
Dishes aren't getting clean enoughSpray arm movement is obstructed. Ensure that spray arm movement is not blocked by hand rotating spray arms.
Dishes are not getting dry enoughRinse agent dispenser is empty. (Rinse agent in- dicator is activated). Add rinse agent. The use of rinse agent improves drying.
OdorFood debris is present at the bottom of the dishwasher. Remove the filters.
Water Leaks1. Suds 2. Door seal could be pulled away from track. 3. Condensation vent is blocked. 4. Improper installation.
Tub stainsStains on the dishwasher interior are due to hardness of water.


Kenmore Dishwasher Manual PDF

Dylan Joseph
Follow us

Leave a Comment