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GU1200XTLS3 Whirlpool Dishwasher - Instructions

All installation instructions for GU1200XTLS3 parts

These instructions have been submitted by other PartSelect customers and can help guide you through the dishwasher repair with useful information like difficulty of repair, length of repair, tools needed, and more.

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Dishwasher would not start & green "Clean" light was flashing

  • Customer: DAVID from MILWAUKEE WI
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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After reading customer notes regarding the same problem I was having I ordered A new Heater Element & a High Limit Thermostat. I also ordered a Heating Element Nut and Rubber Washer in case I needed them. It took me quite some time to remove the dishwasher from under my counter. Once the unit was out and prepared to service it actually took only a few minutes to install the new Heater Element. I did't need the washer or extra Nut. I also decided to try the unit without replacing the thermostat. I cleared the diagnostics by pressing the "HEATED DRY, "NORMAL", "HEATED DRY", "NORMAL" buttons. After the controller reset the dishwasher was ready to run.

Cancel light was blinking. Dishwasher won,t start.

  • Customer: Mike from Boca Raton FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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I tried unplugging the dishwasher with the hope that the board would reset. That did not work. Ordered the new board and followed the instructions per the parts diagram and the other repair comments here. I was careful to not snap the harness when removing it (did that before with a desktop computer). It came right out by wiggling it from side to side. Inserted the new board, plugged in the power cord, cancelled the commands and restarted it. It has never worked better. Thanks for your help here.

Heater Element burned out

  • Customer: Travis from Los Angeles CA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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Disconnected the power. Removed the dishwasher mount screws from under the counter. Slid the Dishwasher out. Removed the two wires. Loosened and removed the two heater support nuts. Removed the heater element from inside the dishwasher. Placed the new heater element inside. Tightened the nuts. Attached the wires. Pushed the dishwasher back in place. Replaced the under-counter support screws. Reset the diagnostics message on the dishwasher front panel (This may not be necessary for some) - (Press HI TEMP > AIR DRY > HI TEMP > AIR DRY). All works great. Thank you PartSelect.com for fast shipping and great pricing.

Replace (at least tried to) Detergent Dispenser

  • Customer: Gail from Westerville OH
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required:
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Watched the video on your website. . .looked fairly straight forward. Ordered the part, looking forward to completing what I though would be a simple repair on Saturday, 2 February. My KitchenAid dishwasher was a bit different from the model in the video. To make a long story short, after about 30 minutes of trying to get the stainless steel "face" off the front of the dishwasher, I called PartSelect.com. . .was told that they were "a retailer not a technical company". The young lady on the line was very nice, and found the number for Whirlpool (KitchenAid) customer service. Called them. . .their technical support folks don't work on the weekend. Hmmm. . .isn't that when most "do it yourselfers" try to fix things? Anyway, my advice would be save yourself some time and frustration. . .call a repair service.

water leak

  • Customer: douglas from Clyde NC
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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replaced gasket

Dishes were not dry, flashing lights.

  • Customer: Randy from Port Byron IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Pulled the dishwasher out, removed 2 wires and 2 plastic nuts, removed old heating element, installed new heating element, applied nuts, connected 2 wires pushed the dishwasher back in, drank beer (Per instructions on email - really liked).

top spinner on dishwasher fell off

  • Customer: Judy from Evergreen CO
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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After watching the video, I felt empowered, but since my husband is out of town, I enlisted the help of a friend's husband to keep me from unwittingly damaging other parts of the dishwasher while I was replacing the part. Our machine had a different release system on the racks than the one in the video, but my friend, her husband and I were able to figure it out. I felt great about getting both racks out in a very few minutes. the screw on the bottom spinner where the tower attached seemed to be stripped--possibly form a former repair done by my husband. I think it was really tricky of the manufacturer to install a screw that turned differently from most screws. Anyway, the top spinner had already fallen out and I used a wooden scewer to poke the locking piece out. My hand was small enough to reach in and place the new part, but I didn't have enough strength to snap it together. fortunately, my friend's husband was able to snap it in place. Now everything works well, I was able to cancel the repair appointment, and I saved (after subtracting the cost of the part and deliver), over $50 dollars. Thanks so much for this valuable service!!!!!

Leak from left side when operating

  • Customer: John from Mount Morris IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Pliers
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Basically the new seal is not the same as the original. Apparently their has been a sub part number. Most likely because the first design was bad. Considering it has only been less then two years since I bought the dishwasher. Anyway it fits a little different so don't expect it to exactly replace the old. Also replace the striker tab for the latch. The new latch compensates for the different seal design and makes to door close tighter. Maybe part of the problem with original seal? Also do not be surprised if it still leaks a little. Mine still leaks and I suspect the door is a little warped. You can try twisting it a little to fix the warp and also check for level unit. Otherwise its kind of a cheap and flimsy door design and it is what it is. A cheap dishwasher. I have notice a reduction in leakage after a few cycles. Also a hint was to keep the door closed for 24hrs to allow seal to seat against door properly. Did not read that until I had already ran a load.

Not drying

  • Customer: Todd from Huntsville AL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers, Socket set
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As directed online

Water dripping from lower corners

  • Customer: William from Mt Pleasant TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Removal and replacement of the gasket required no tools and took very little time. However, this did not solve the problem. I called in a repairman who determined the issue was the washer was not filling to the proper level. The control board was replaced and the problem was solved. This also quieted the washer a lot in that the pump was no longer sucking air.

Not cleaning well

  • Customer: Johanna from Grosse pointe park MI
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time to Complete: More than 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Pliers, Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Total fail. Couldn't put parts back together correctly. $130 bucks for repairman. At least he said it can be a tricky repair

Foam insulation between inner and outer door was glued or stuck so as to prevent both halves of the door to be separated.

  • Customer: Michael from Kingston NY
  • Difficulty: A Bit Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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I ended up physicaly breaking the foam to gain access to change the part. It was also quite hard to align the door halves and foam to put the door back together. Lots of foam to clean up on completion. If it were not for this foam feature the job would have been much quicker. Also the video let you to believe than the outer and inner door halves were one piece each and with htis machine this is not so. The control panel being on the top outside of the door also caused confusion especially in comparison with the simplicity that was shown in the video. May not have done this project myself if I had known the complications that were to come up verces to simple video.

Noisy growl in the circulating pump while dishwasher was running

  • Customer: Harold from Big Lake MN
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set
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The PartSelect video was quite good. I viewed it before ordering to determine if I was confident that I could do the repair and reviewed it again immediately before performing the repair as a refresher. Here are a few extra items of information: (1) There was plenty of extra length in the drain hose and electrical connections, so I only needed to disconnect the hot water supply before pulling the dishwasher out from under the cabinet. (Be sure the circuit-breaker is opened and test for dead on the dishwasher electrical supply.) This simplified later re-connecting and tightening and dealing with drips. (2)When I tipped the dishwasher onto its side, a bit more water than expected drained from the sump out onto the kitchen floor. I put 2 2x4 blocks under the dishwasher side to prevent the insulation from getting wet. (3)When loosening the 3/8" retention bolt and shield, I needed to use a flexible screwdriver shaft and a nutdriver socket on the end of the flexible shaft, since a brace under the dishwasher prevented a straight-on approach. (4)The guidance on the video showing the amount of wiggling to remove the old impeller/motor was valuable, since it provided confirmation that some repetition of the twist and pull motion was needed/expected. (5)Finally, it can be helpful to carefully track which is the old motor and which is the new, since if one inadvertently places them next to each other, the only identifiable difference may be a small amount of water in the old impeller assembly. (One would hate to inadvertently re-install the old motor.) Re-assembly was easy and straightforward.

Upper rack wheel assy broken

  • Customer: Sammy from Lufkin TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Found problem when rack fell into dishwasher. Check for parts availability on Internet and chose partselect.com. I have used them before to order a locking tab for the silverware holder. I Placed order for current problem in late afternoon and parts were in hand within 48 hours. Video instructions made repair EASY for me. I couldn't ask for better service. As my appliances age I am sure I will be using partselect.com again.

Original chopper assembly had broken, was rattling and debris was blocking pump to upper spray arms.

  • Customer: Chris from Beaverton OR
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
  • 0 of 0 people found this instruction helpful
Repair was straight forward. The video description was excellent. Pay attention to where the chopper assembly sits in the cavity, there is a second location closer to the impeller, but this is not where it goes.
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