Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Parts Diagram & Details

Like any other dishwasher, the Kenmore Elite Dishwasher is a pretty complicated appliance. If you’re curious to know what makes up this machine (shown in a diagram) or want to understand how each of its parts and components works, you’re on the right page.

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Parts Diagrams

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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Parts Explained

Control panel

The control panel is the part of your dishwasher that you interact with most often. It has buttons, a touchpad and an LED display. You select your cycle and wash options using these controls.


The touchpad is the main control panel for your dishwasher. It’s located on the front of the unit and allows you to select your washing cycle, as well as set some of its other functions.

LED display

The LED display is a small LCD screen that displays information about the dishwasher, like its status and current cycle. It’s located on the front panel of your dishwasher, just above where you would normally press Start or Cancel.

Selector knob

The selector knob is the button on the control panel that controls the wash cycle. It’s used to select your desired wash cycle, which can be one of three options: normal, gentle, and express.

The color of the knob indicates whether you’re in a continuous mode or spin-only mode. In addition to being able to choose between manual or automatic cycles, you can also choose how many minutes to run each cycle for (from five minutes up).

Wash arm assembly

The wash arm assembly is located at the bottom of the tub. It’s used to spray water around the tub, which helps keep your dishes clean and sparkling. There are two wash arms: one that has a spray tower attached to it (the upper wash arm), and one with no spray tower attached (the lower wash arm).

Filter assembly

The filter assembly is located in the bottom of your dishwasher and is made up of a filter, filter bracket and a cover. It keeps food particles from entering the dishwasher.

Motor assembly

The motor assembly is the heart of your Kenmore Elite dishwasher. It’s located in the back of your dishwasher, and it provides power to all other components. In order to ensure that your dishes are clean by the time you’re done with them, this part needs regular maintenance and occasional cleaning.

Sump assembly

The sump assembly is the bottom of the tub, where water drains from. It includes a pump, motor and filter.

Heating element

The Kenmore Elite dishwasher’s heating element is a long, thin piece of metal that heats the water when it’s plugged in. It is located at the bottom of the tub, so it can reach all parts of your dishes and utensils. The power cord connects to this central location in order to ensure that it gets hot enough for proper cleaning results.


The tub is the main part of your dishwasher. It’s made of plastic and holds all of the water that gets heated up in your machine, which is what transfers heat from hot to cold. The tub also collects any excess water from dishes and drains it back into the machine when it’s done cleaning or rinsing dishes.

Circulation pumps

Circulation pumps are used to circulate water throughout the dishwasher. They are located at the back of the dishwasher, connected to the motor by a belt. Circulation pumps push water through your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher, which helps it perform better so you can be sure that everything comes out clean and dry!

Spray arms

The spray arms are what propels the water across the dishes. They’re attached to a spray tower, which is connected to your dishwasher’s water supply, pump and heating element.

Detergent dispenser

The detergent dispenser is a simple but essential part of your dishwasher. Its purpose is to keep the detergent flowing in order to keep your dishes clean and free from stains.

Electronic control boards

The control board is located in the door, and it’s responsible for controlling the operation of your dishwasher. This board is connected to a touchpad that you use to open or close your dishwasher, as well as buttons on either side of it that allow you to turn off and start up your appliance. It also connects directly with other components such as motors and pumps, so that they can be controlled by this device as well.

Door seals and gaskets

This is a very important part of the dishwasher. It is located on the door, and it keeps water from getting into your dishwasher. If you notice water coming in through this area, then it might be time to replace this part of your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher!

Door latch

The door latch is the part of the dishwasher that holds it shut when you’re not using it. If your door latch has broken, you’ll need to replace it before you can use your dishwasher again.

Door seal

The door seal is the most important part of your dishwasher. It keeps water and steam inside the dishwasher, which prevents it from leaking. If you don’t have a good seal, your dishes will get wet when they’re put in or taken out of your dishwasher.

The door seal also helps make sure that your door closes properly. If there’s no seal in place, water can seep into the space between the bottom of the door and its frame and cause damage to both components over time due to mold or mildew growth (which happens if you don’t clean behind your appliance regularly).

Finally, having an effective spring on this part ensures that when you open up an Elite model with one hand while washing dishes at home (or anywhere else), it won’t slam shut again—which could potentially damage other parts like knobs or hinges if done repeatedly over time without proper maintenance thereafter.

Tub gasket

The tub gasket is a rectangular piece of rubber that fits between the upper and lower portions of the dishwasher. It provides a seal to prevent water from leaking out under pressure, especially when you’re loading it with dirty dishes.

Upper rack

The upper rack is removable and dishwasher safe. It can hold up to 12 place settings, so if you have a large family or prefer to do some hand washing, this is the rack for you!

The fold-down tines of this dishwasher’s upper rack allow for easy access when loading dishes into your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher. There are also cutlery baskets on both sides of the upper rack for all your silverware needs.

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