Subject: Dishwasher water-level too low: possibilities? Solenoid/valve?
Wife says that it will wash things only on the bottom level -- not enough water (level too low) to make it into spray at the top level.
And it worked just fine until about two weeks ago, when it started acting this (bad) way -- washing only the bottom-level dishes.
About the solenoid:
I put my ohm-meter across where the power goes into it, and it was NOT shorted out; was maybe 2k ohms.
(power off, obviously)
That was a test suggested by a web site my wife found.
A question: if *any* water is coming into the dishwasher when you turn it on, that means that the solenoid is OK?
Or, if the solenoid is kaput, then NO water would come in, I'd guess. (Is that correct or not?)
(I didn't actually *test* the solenoid, ie didn't apply a voltage to it to see if it made a click (or whatever) noise, nor did I try to see opened and closed a stream of water.)
What seems to be a "float" (upside-down cup attached to a thin pole that extends down into a hole -- where somehow that pole going up or down with the water level controls the solenoid, shutting it off when the water has gotten to the proper level) seems to be pretty free to go up and down.
About the exit hose: for the first several years of owning the machine, two of the three of us here would put dishes, etc, in, DIRTY -- no rinsing, no nuthing, straight off the table. (The more I complained (with explanation), the more -- well, you know the story, right?)
So, maybe some of that crud from a few years ago ended up in that hose. Any easy wat to test it?
What else might be the problem?