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Kenmore Dishwasher Error Codes

Kenmore Dishwasher Error Code 1-1 or F1E1

When your Kenmore dishwasher displays the error code 1-1 or F1E1, it’s often a clear indication that there’s a problem with the electronic control board, specifically a “stuck relay.” While this may seem complex, don’t fret – we’re here to guide you through the diagnosis and potential solutions.

Understanding the Error Code: Stuck Relay

A “stuck relay” essentially means that a specific electrical circuit in the electronic control board is not functioning as it should. This can disrupt the normal operation of your dishwasher and lead to the error code 1-1 or F1E1. When you encounter this error, here’s what you can do:

1. Power Reset:

First, shut off the power to your Kenmore dishwasher. You can do this by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. Leave it disconnected for approximately 5 minutes.

2. Check Wiring for Damage:

After the power reset, if the error code reappears when you restore power, it’s time to inspect the wiring connected to the control board. Look for any visible signs of damage or wear on the wires.

3. Repair Broken Wires:

If you find any broken wires, it’s crucial to repair them. Damaged wires can cause electrical issues and lead to stuck relays. Replace the damaged wires, ensuring they are securely connected.

4. Measure Resistance:

Using the dishwasher’s tech sheet as a guide, measure the resistance through all components connected to the control board. The tech sheet is typically located behind the bottom front toe panel of the dishwasher. Follow the instructions carefully to assess each component.

5. Replace Defective Components:

If you identify any components with resistance values outside of the specified range or if any components are malfunctioning, it’s time for replacement. Defective components can include relays, switches, or other electrical elements. Replace them with the appropriate parts.

6. Electronic Control Board Replacement:

If the wiring and components all check out, but the error code persists, the final step is to replace the electronic control board itself. This is the brain of your dishwasher’s operation and may need professional diagnosis and replacement.

Remember, if you’re unsure about any of these steps or if the problem persists after your DIY efforts, it’s advisable to seek professional appliance repair assistance. A certified technician can accurately diagnose the issue and ensure a seamless repair, getting your Kenmore dishwasher back to its optimal performance.

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