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Kenmore Dishwasher Error Codes

Kenmore Dishwasher Error Code 8-2 or F8E2

One of the more common issues that Kenmore dishwasher owners might encounter is the error code 8-2 or F8E2. This error code indicates a drain pump electrical problem. While it can be concerning to see an error code on your dishwasher, it’s often a manageable issue. Here’s a detailed explanation of the error and the steps you can take to address it.

Understanding the Error: Drain Pump Electrical Problem

When your Kenmore dishwasher displays the error code 8-2 or F8E2, it’s signaling that there’s an issue with the drain pump’s electrical components. The drain pump is a vital part of the dishwasher’s drainage system, responsible for removing wastewater after a wash cycle. An electrical problem with the drain pump can lead to drainage issues, potentially causing water to pool at the bottom of the dishwasher.

Steps to Resolve Kenmore Dishwasher Error Code 8-2 (F8E2)

To tackle this error code and ensure your dishwasher functions correctly, follow these steps:

1. Safety First: Shut Off Power and Water

Before you attempt any repairs, ensure your safety by turning off the power to the dishwasher at the circuit breaker. Additionally, shut off the water supply to the dishwasher.

2. Inspect Drain Pump Wiring

Check the wiring connected to the drain pump. Make sure it is intact and not damaged. Sometimes, loose or damaged wiring can cause electrical issues. If you find any loose or frayed wires, consider repairing or replacing them.

3. Replace the Drain Pump

If the wiring appears to be intact but the error code persists, it’s likely that the drain pump itself is the problem. You may need to replace the drain pump. Consult your Kenmore dishwasher’s user manual for instructions on how to access and replace the drain pump. Remember to disconnect the dishwasher from the power source before performing this replacement.

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