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KDTE254ESS2 KitchenAid Dishwasher

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If your dishwasher door is not opening or closing properly, it may be time to install a new balance kit. This part helps to support the weight of the door as it opens and closes. You should also check...
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This dishrack adjuster attaches to the side of the top dishrack and fits both the left and ride side. If you are looking to replace both sides, you will need to order 2 of this part, as they are sold ...
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The mounting bracket is used to secure the top part of your dishwasher to the underside of your counter or cabinet. If you have solid surface counters (granite, quartz, etc.) you will likely need to s...
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Having adjustable tines in your dishwasher can be very useful to ensure your dishes are secure during the wash cycle. The Tine Pivot clip helps to keep those moveable tine rows in place on your dish r...
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The dishwasher positioner clip is also known as a rack adjuster and is used to hold the top rack in your dishwasher in the desired position. If the rack is not staying in place, the clip may have beco...
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If the dish rack in your dishwasher is no longer sliding in and out easily, it may be time to replace the slide track. This genuine OEM part is used for the left-hand side of your dishwasher dish rack...
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If the upper rack on your dishwasher has become difficult to slide in and out, you may need to replace the slide track. This genuine OEM part is for the right side of your appliance. The left or right...
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Door seal seals the gap between the opening to the dishwasher tub and the outer edge of the door.
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The dishrack adjuster, also known as an adjuster clip, is used to change the height of the top rack in your dishwasher. If the clip has become damaged, it may not function properly, which would result...
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This water inlet valve should be located behind the lower kick plate panel in either the right or left corner. The attaching solenoids on the valve open and close according to the desired amount of water needed.
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The heater element is located in the bottom of the dishwasher. It is used to maintain the temperature of the water during the wash cycle and to dry the dishes afterwards. If your dishes are not coming...
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Customer:
Scott from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Parts Used:
8194001
Difficulty Level:
Easy
Total Repair Time:
Less than 15 mins
Tools:
Screw drivers
Replaced Hinge Link
Pulled dishwasher from under counter, attached link to spring, hooked spring back into frame/chassis, threaded link through pulleys, attached other end of link onto door, reinstalled dishwasher under counter. All's well. Note-I purchased an extra link anticipating that the other one will fail. They're cheap enough.
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Customer:
Sean from Ramona, CA
Parts Used:
8194001
Difficulty Level:
Easy
Total Repair Time:
15 - 30 mins
Tools:
Screw drivers, Wrench (Adjustable)
Door spring link broken
1. Open the dishwasher and remove the two plastic grommets about halfway down on either side of the opening. Then remove the two screws under the grommets.

2. Remove the kick plate under the door. May have to lower unit by turning the feet using the adjustable wrench.

3. Make sure you have enough slack in the water i nput line and electrical wiring that you can pull the dishwasher out about 12 inches or more.

4. There is a spring and nylon rope link on both sides of the unit. Probably just one link is broken, but the replacement comes with two, so you can replace both or save one as a spare. Look at the good side and it should be pretty self explanatory how it attaches. I found it easiest to first thread the link around the lower pulley, then attach the link to the spring, then spring to the rear support, then the link to the door.

5. Reverse (2 to 1) to reinstall the dishwasher.
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Customer:
David from La Quinta, CA
Parts Used:
8194001
Difficulty Level:
Easy
Total Repair Time:
30 - 60 mins
Tools:
Nutdriver
The door would drop open when it was released
This was the second time I had this problem so I knew the symptoms and remedy. The tools needed were two nut drivers a ¼” and 5/16” along with a flat pry bar and Phillips screw driver. I started by removing the lower front panel by removing the two ¼” screws on either side. The lower panel will lift up and then can be removed by pullin g on the bottom. There is a flat sheet metal piece behind the front panel with insulation that can be removed very easily along with the front panel. When the front panel is removed it exposes the front legs that may need to be dropped to let you lift the dishwasher over the tile (if you have ceramic tiles). The next step would be to remove any ties to the counter top if it is attached. Mine were attached by the two straps on either side with Phillips screws. After the top is free, lower the front legs by lifting the dishwasher with the flat pry bar and threading the legs up into their holders. With the legs lifted the dishwasher can be pulled out to expose the tension springs located along the sides at the very bottom. Chances are the ropes are broken off the plastic holders that fit over the door hooks.
Remove the plastic guides by removing the 5/16” nut from the middle of the lower roller. Remember to note which hole the screw is coming from this also sets the tension for how fast or slowly the door drops. Placing the nut closer to the front will drop the door slowly and toward the back will drop the door more quickly. I placed mine in the middle hole. When the plastic guides are removed attach the nylon pope to the spring and attach to the back of the dishwasher. There is a hole located on a flat piece of sheet metal the spring will attach to at the back of the dishwasher (if it is broken). Check the other side if it is still in tact. With the spring in place weave the rope around the plastic guides then pull the springs to help get the plastic end over the door hook located at the bottom of the door. Repeat this operation for the other side (kit has a both sides covered) and reinstall dishwasher in cabinet.
Steps
1) Remove front panel (1/4” nut)
2) Release Dishwasher from Cabinet
3) Lower front legs
4) Pull Dishwasher out from under Cabinet
5) Remove Rope Guide (5/16” nut)
6) Install new Rope Guide (Supplied in Kit)
7) Attach new rope to Spring and attach spring to dishwasher
8) Weave rope through rope guide
9) With door closed pull spring to relieve tension so rope can be attached to door
10) Repeat for other side (Kit has both sides)
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