** Kenmore Elite dishwasher # 16299 **
I'm afraid that doesn't look like a Kenmore model number, did you get it right off the model and serial number identification tag *on the appliance*? That is the only reliable place it will be found.
You can find tips for locating the model and serial number tag on your appliances at the following link:
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** doesn't heat the water like it should **
Most North American dishwasher are not designed to "heat the water" just boost the temperature slightly during use if needed, usually to a maximum of 140°F. On a 'sani' cycle, the dishwasher may heat the water a bit (~10°F) hotter but it will also result in longer cycles.
Many European dishwasher models have a true water heater and may heat water up to 160°F.
** I refuse to set my water heater any higher than 120° **
That's good for safety, bad for dish washing.
** The dishwasher has a 'Smartwash' setting which is supposed to heat the water to the proper operating temp but it doesn't. **
What *exact* temperature does it heat it to?
** I'm pretty disgusted at wasting $1,000 for a dishwasher that doesn't clean. **
There's more to cleaning than just hot water. Just because dishes aren't coming clean doesn't necessarily mean it is because of the water temperature.
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