How to access the impeller to clean it out or to install the impeller and motor shaft seal kit in an older-model Whirlpool-built Power Clean™ dishwasher

If your good ol’ Whirlpool-built Power Clean Filter Module (that’s what they call it) dishwasher is making weird noises, you may have something stuck down in the impeller. This how-to video shows you how to get down to it. If you find the impeller boogared up, or the dishwasher doesn’t seem to have the oompf […]

Cheat sheet for whupping up on the “Clean light blinking 7 times” problem in Whirlpool and Kitchenaid dishwashers

Got that Clean light blinking seven times, pausing, then doing it again? Well, it’s time to break open a USDA Grade A can o’ whup ass on that bad boy! Use this cheat sheet to nail down the problem. The Tech Sheet that it refers to is located in a pouch behind the kickplates of […]

Appliance War Story: Whirlpool-Kitchenaid (and some Kenmores) Dishwasher Not Draining; Bad Drain Pump

I was out swimming in Little Lake Sunapee with my Samurai Spudlets™ when the distress call came in on the Samurai Hotline™ on my waterproof iPhone™. “Hello, Samurai?” “Yes, ma’am,” I sputtered, as I spat lake water out of my mouth, “Samurai Appliance Repair Man™ here. How may I be of service to yo ace […]

Changing Out the Motor-Pump Assembly in a Whirlpool-built Dishwasher

You know the drill: you open your Whirlpool-Kitchenaid-Kenmore dishwasher after it supposedly ran through the cycle last night and… the dishes still have last night’s grits and redeye gravy sauce smeared all over them. Or maybe the clean light is blinking seven times. So you do some very intelligent button pushing on the control panel […]

Older Whirlpool or Kitchenaid Dishwasher Won’t Wash

Awwite, now listen up: this post applies to the older style Whirlpool / Kitchenaid dishwashers (yes, Kitchenaid is a Whirlpool brand– it’s supposedly Whirlpool’s higher end line) with the motor-pump assembly that looks like this. An example model number is kuds25shwh1. If the motor-pump assembly in your Whirlpool or Kitchenaid dishwasher looks like this, then […]

Glassware Etching and Poor Cleaning in Whirlpool (and Kenmore) or KitchenAid Dishwashers

Now, Grasshoppah, prepare for dishwasher illumination. The Samurai is gonna reveal to you what they never tell you about fixing cleaning problems in your Whirlpool-Kenmore-KitchenAid dishwasher. So, strap yourself in and get ready to download wisdom directly from my brain to yours. For newer-model Whirlpool and KitchenAid dishwashers (also sold under the Kenmore label with […]