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11:36AM | 09/14/09
Member Since: 09/13/09
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I have Kenmore Elite (mod# 665.13124K701) dishwasher that leaks at the float assembly (under float on the right front of machine). Sears tech's have replaced the float and manifold (spraying arms) assemblies. Machine stopped leaking for awhile - but now leaking again. It has a history of leaking same area since purchase. It leaks intermittently/no set pattern of leaking. Sears tech's can't figure it out and I'm out of warranty. Don't want Sears back (they'll charge me $129) esp. when they haven't fixed the problem. Machine is level. I've ran machine w/o soap/rinse/empty - still leaks. Any ideas? Could it be the water level gauge? I know float stops too much water. This is a high efficiency machine. I use HE soap & 1/2 of what directions call for. Water leakage is not sudsy/not dirty dishwater/it's clear water collected in a small bowl underneath float assembly. Dishwasher works fine but for the leaks! Any help out there??


03:05PM | 03/18/12
Member Since: 03/18/12
1 lifetime posts
I have the same issue now. Did you ever solve your problem? If yes, how did you do it?


12:47PM | 05/09/12
Member Since: 02/10/12
26 lifetime posts
Sounds like the actual dishwasher may be fine, are you sure it isn't a problem with your kitchen installation?


08:29PM | 07/25/13
Same problem here. Cleaning gunk out of float by service guy stopped leak. Two months later.. it's back. I'm on here to figure out how to remove float again by myself. Hoping I don't get advice from babypops. What a useless excuse for an answer.


03:14AM | 06/01/14
Same issue anyone can help?


02:30PM | 03/31/15
Thank you for posting this problem. I have had this same problem for years (7) ever since I bought it and the Sears techs always say I am the only one who has ever complained/had this problem. The leak is definitely coming from the float area - it only stops if I open the door (stopping the cycle), pull out the bottom rack,then grab the float and move it up and down a few times. When I close the door and re-start, it doesn't leak anymore. I've even removed the bottom front access panel and taken pictures of the water dripping below the float assembly - everywhere else it is dry. I have had the float assembly replaced before. The problem seems to occur primarily when there is a full load. It has happened to me numerous, even dozens of times. Happened again today - this will be my 6th or 7th service call about the same problem. Obvious design defect. Kenmore Ultra Wash Model 665.1312*


09:12PM | 07/27/16
Same problem here. Just realized the leak; it probably leaked a few times before I realized. I removed the front cover of the dishwasher to find out the leak source; definitely from the float switch. Occurs once every so many weeks. Last time it occurred, I opened the door, pulled the switch up and down, and problem stopped. I was thinking of changing the switch, but the info obtained here seems to indicate this won't solve the issue.


09:03PM | 05/19/17
I have had the same issue with my washer, I found that if I dumped a cup of water on the float, the water would come down the shaft and leak. The float was getting air locked and not allowing the water to drain out of the bottom of the float. It was like the clearance around the nut and float was to small. I cured the issue by placing a small shim about 1/16" between the float arm and the switch arm that it sits on. This lifted the float 1/16" up and gives enough room between the nut and sides of the float. Hope this helps, definitely a design flaw.


12:46PM | 08/01/17
Hey everyone with this problem, I just fixed mine! I had this problem and it went away for a few months and returned with a vengeance. All along I just wanted to remove the float assembly and when I figured out how, the problem was quite apparent. It's the gasket under the assembly that was leaking and that was only cause the nut holding the assembly together was quite loose. I took it all apart, cleaned everything up and reassembled it with some more torque and leaking has completely stopped. My washer is 665-77973-K703.
Quite easy to disassemble, just flip open front cover of float assembly from underneath(2 tabs)+ move float pin over enough to be able to push rod up that is part of the float. I had pulled off lever from rod to switch and pulled out the switch. Once it's all apart you'll see how it works. From the top(tub side bottom) pull out float. Rod comes with it as it is 1 piece. Loosen plastic nut which is probably finger tight and that is why it is leaking, and remove the assembly. The washer is on the underside by the way. It helped me to use the Sears parts breakdown(micro-fiche) to do this job. Also, having an automotive extendable mirror with LED lighting helped. Good luck! Any further questions at


05:55PM | 03/11/18
I have the same problem. It is a design defect. The best solution is not to buy Kenmore Elite Dishwashers and Whirlpool that makes them as a private label. Helps explain why Samsung and GE kicker their ass over the last decade.


06:16PM | 04/21/19
I have had the same problem and so do my parents who have the same dishwasher. It is a design flaw and I am upset that sears tells me that I am the only one that has the problem. I am considering a lawsuit for the damage that it has caused my wood floor under the dishwasher.


12:55AM | 05/13/19
SOLVED- I hope, for less than $1!
I removed the float switch (mushroom shape by opening the white covers under the door and pulling the bottom tip of float switch towards the front of washer while pushing it up. Once removed I placed a -010 o-ring on the float switch shaft and reinstalled the float in to its original position (o-ring slides further on shaft than shown in pic).
It has been leak free for over a month but I will wait another month before reinstalling bottom panels.


01:06AM | 05/13/19
Sorry that photo did not upload. The fix is as simple as I explain it above.
I agree it is a design defect. The o-ring provides a seal to the "leak path" but still allows the float switch to function properly.


08:44PM | 05/20/19
I have the same issue. BV019287, did you purchase a new O-ring? Where did you get the new O-ring?

My dishwasher is 1 year old.


12:39AM | 07/08/19
I replaced the float washer and tightened up the plastic nut. No leak for 2 weeks. BVO 14388,above, gives excellent step instructions. Not sure I needed to replace the washer


11:27AM | 09/06/19
Thanks BV014388 -- I tightened the nut and will see if it starts leaking again in a few weeks to a month's time. If it does, I'll look to replace that O ring.

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