How to Replace a Drain Hose on a Kenmore Dishwasher

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You've pinpointed the problem with your dishwasher: The drain hose is shot. You ordered the part from Kenmore and are ready for the attack; the only remaining obstacle is in the details: How do you replace the drain hose on a Kenmore dishwasher? Roll up your sleeves and grab a few tools; within an hour you'll have that hose replaced and your dishwasher will be good as the day you bought it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Turn off the electrical power to the dishwasher; check that it is disabled by turning on the machine.

  • Locate the dishwasher drain connection where it enters the sink drain; this will be directly beneath the drain next to the dishwasher (or into the side of a garbage disposal). Detach the connection by removing the nut with an adjustable wrench.

  • Feel beneath the lip of the countertop above the dishwasher; there will be two small brackets that hold the machine in place. Remove the screws that hold them in place.

  • Grasp the sides of the closed dishwasher door and gently pull it out from the cabinet, using a side-to-side motion until there is a foot of clearance behind the machine. If you feel resistance, use a flashlight to check the connections behind the unit and untangle them before you move the machine further.

  • Follow the drain hose where it comes out of the cabinet wall to the dishwasher; on Kenmore models it will connect near the front of the bottom left side of the unit near the floor.

  • Detach the drain hose by squeezing the clamp with a pair of pliers and sliding it down the hose. Feed the detached damaged hose through the cabinet wall.

  • Snake the new hose through the cabinet and connect it at the dishwasher and the drain. Make sure the seal is well seated on the dishwasher and clamp the connector, again using pliers to squeeze the clamp into place. Replace your dishwasher by reversing the removal procedure, taking care not to tangle the connections (water, drain and electrical) when you slide it into the cabinet.

  • Turn on the electrical power and test run your machine, checking the drain connection under the sink to be sure it isn't leaking.

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