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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2010, 03:53:52 PM »
The water valve has a rubber diaphragm with a small orifice in it.

If you can take the old one apart and see what's inside it.
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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill - UPDATE
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2010, 05:37:45 PM »
I hooked up the 'mystery' inlet valve (and secured it with zip ties) and it seems to have done the trick. I ran a empty load halfway through the 'normal' cycle and everything seems to be working (as far as I can tell since I'm nowhere near a dishwasher expert).  Tomorrow, I will actually put some dirty dishes in it and run a complete load cycle, then let the boss pass judgement before I actually bring it into the house. Wish me luck.
PS: I'm sure my neighbors wondered why I was sitting in my garage reading and sweating while a dishwasher sat in the driveway hooked up to a garden hose and an extension cord. Oh well, keep 'em guessing I always say. If they think I'm nuts, they'll leave me alone.   :D :D

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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2010, 05:48:14 PM »
AJ,
I just read your response and I did take it apart. Now I understand how the water is metered and how different manufacturers' could specify a specific fill rate by vrarying the orifice size. I hope that the inlet valve I installed won't cause a problems. I think I will run several loads through various cycles in my garage before I chance bringing it into the house. Thanks for the info everyone!

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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2010, 07:01:46 PM »
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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2010, 07:08:55 PM »
PLEASE. When dealing with water or electricity use the recommended parts.......not substitute parts.
They are recommended for a reason.
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UPDATE -- UPDATE -- UPDATE
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2010, 04:01:48 PM »
I thought I'd let you know what happened. The water inlet valve I installed seems to be working fine but this dishwasher has some other issues. For one, it never shuts off. I ran a couple test loads (still in my garage) and though the owner's manual said the cycle should take between 64 - 84 minutes, after 2 hours, this thing was still cleaning the dishes. It keeps filling, washing, draining, over and over.  I've run 4 test loads through it and each time, it keeps going and going and sometimes, it will drain the water out within seconds of filling it. If I had to guess, I'd have to say the board or 'brain' was messed up (sort of like me). :D
Oh well, I'll give it away on Craigslist and move on to something else. Thanks to everyone with their advice.
Aaron

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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2010, 05:17:45 PM »
Before you ditch this dishwasher you may want to test it correctly.
It has thermistors and optical sensors that will cause the result you describe.
First of all the dw must have HOT water to operate correctly. Otherwise you get extended cycle times The optical sensor must be clean and in good working order or you get frequent dump and fill.
Just saying.
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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2010, 06:24:57 PM »
The water gets plenty hot from the heating element at the bottom. The insides are very clean but I guess the electric eye could be dirty, if I could find it.
I long for the old days before all this computerized crap was on appliances. How about a big red button that says: 'WASH'.
You press it and walk away.

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Re: Whirlpool dishwasher will not fill
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2010, 06:37:01 PM »
8178741.pdf
This manual will help you.
While the heater gets the water hot it adds a lot of time to the wash.
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