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Kenmore Dishwasher Error Codes

Kenmore Dishwasher Error Code 6-6 or F6E6

When your Kenmore dishwasher displays the error code 6-6 or F6E6, it’s indicating that the incoming water is too cold. Understanding and addressing this issue is crucial to ensure your dishwasher operates efficiently. Here’s a more in-depth look at this error code and how to resolve it:

1. Check Water Temperature:

  • Use an accurate thermometer to measure the water temperature as it enters the dishwasher. It should ideally be around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) for optimal performance.
  • If the water temperature is significantly lower than 110 degrees F, you may want to inspect your water heater. Ensure it’s functioning correctly and set to an appropriate temperature.

2. Thermistor/OWI Check:

  • If your water temperature is within the normal range (110 to 120 degrees F), but you’re still seeing the error code, the issue may lie with the thermistor (also known as the OWI – Optical Water Indicator).
  • The thermistor is responsible for monitoring water temperature during the wash cycle. It sends this information to the electronic control board.

3. Replace the Thermistor/OWI or Electronic Control Board:

  • If you suspect the thermistor is the problem, you can consider replacing it. Refer to your dishwasher’s tech sheet or user manual for instructions on how to access and replace the thermistor.
  • Alternatively, if the thermistor appears to be in good condition, the issue might be with the electronic control board. Replacing the control board may resolve the error.

4. Diagnostic Test:

  • Some dishwashers offer a diagnostic test mode. Refer to the tech sheet that came with your dishwasher for instructions on how to perform this test. It can help confirm whether the thermistor is functioning correctly.

Seek Professional Assistance:

  • If you’re unsure about diagnosing and repairing the issue yourself, it’s always a good idea to contact a professional appliance repair technician. They have the experience and tools to accurately diagnose and fix problems with your dishwasher.

Don’t let a cold water error code disrupt your dishwashing routine. By addressing the issue promptly and accurately, you can ensure that your Kenmore dishwasher continues to provide clean and sanitary dishes after each cycle.

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