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Post# 1082482   7/26/2020 at 14:54 (968 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Hey everyone got this free for helping neighbor install new one. Can someone tell me the model number? Itís not in front of me and I wanna say KDS-17 but Iíve never seen one with the single button on left side of the handle. Also that button is missing. Does anyone have one? Lol.

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Post# 1082483 , Reply# 1   7/26/2020 at 14:59 (968 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Post# 1082513 , Reply# 2   7/26/2020 at 17:00 (968 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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The "A" modification is addition of the brown button for no-heat dry.

Post# 1082516 , Reply# 3   7/26/2020 at 17:12 (968 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Thanks DADoES!!! Anyone have an extra button floating around?

Post# 1082521 , Reply# 4   7/26/2020 at 17:25 (968 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

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Post# 1082555 , Reply# 5   7/26/2020 at 22:10 (968 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Some pics of the inside. Looks to be rusted and also some damage on the front panel.

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Post# 1082597 , Reply# 6   7/27/2020 at 06:43 (967 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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A very popular DW in its day, looks to be in really good shape, the rust around the heater nuts is nothing to worry about, that came from outside humidity from the DW being in a damp environment for prolonged periods of time, it also damaged the control panel trim.


Hook it up and put it to use, you can see they used poor detergent for water conditions, the new premium detergent pacs work best in these vintage DWs, one in the main wash, with a cheaper liquid or power in the pre-wash cups.


John L.

Post# 1082611 , Reply# 7   7/27/2020 at 08:23 (967 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Heater Nut Rust

Is there a preventative I can put to get rid of the rust and stop it from rusting. I know you said not to worry about it but I'm 0-3 with rusting KDS models. LOL So Im a little nervous.

Post# 1082618 , Reply# 8   7/27/2020 at 08:54 (967 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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You can wire brush it a little and put some paint on, I would not take it apart unless it leaks, and keep your A/C on, the DW should stay at about 50% humidity like every thing else in your house.


John L.

Post# 1082626 , Reply# 9   7/27/2020 at 09:27 (967 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

I think they had it sitting outside for a while and the cabinet area where the dishwasher was looked like it had a little water damage. It will definitely be indoors with A/C. Do you possibly have the missing button or replacement front panel?

Post# 1082648 , Reply# 10   7/27/2020 at 11:27 (967 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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I am sure I have the button, which one of the three front panels do you need and what color ?


John L.

Post# 1082918 , Reply# 11   7/29/2020 at 09:30 (965 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Currently soaking my filter in sink. Did the hot water and dishwasher tab soak overnight. It looks to be hard calcium build up on the fine filter and most of the large plastic grating. I also took pics and also noticed what looks to be some rust inside the machine which I circled in black

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Post# 1083090 , Reply# 12   7/30/2020 at 11:23 (964 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Finally got the front off

Got some more pics taken of the KDS-17 last night. Got the front off and just wondering if I have bent the front of the machine or if those bends are supposed to be there. Also does anyone know the inside diameter of the intake fill valve? It came with a copper line and a flare nut which I don't have on my sink so I need to get the proper size to hook up to a braided stainless steel line.

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Post# 1083130 , Reply# 13   7/30/2020 at 17:57 (964 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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The inlet valve is the standard 3/8" female pipe thread.


You have some cleaning to do., you don't really need to document dirt, LOL


John L.

Post# 1083330 , Reply# 14   7/31/2020 at 21:50 (963 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
Itís alive!!!

Hooked up the KDS this evening. It turns out the intake valve was blocked with trash from what looks to be a failed hot water heater lining. Took over an hour to break up all the trash and then use a syringe to flush it out. There is no screen inside. But either way got it running.


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