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Dishwasher Does Not Stop Filling

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If your dishwasher does not stop filling with water, the problem may be related to the water inlet valve, the timer or the float switch. Before you call an appliance repair technician, you can follow some easy steps and try to isolate the cause of the problem and fix it.

  1. 1Repair your dishwasher free: Find if you have warranty for your dishwasher. If you bought your dishwasher within one year, it is most likely that you have warranty. Most appliance manufacturers provide one year free warranty. If you have warranty, call the company and get your dishwasher fixed. If you do not have warranty and do not want to spend too much money, you will have to spend some time to identify and possibly fix the problem. The steps below will guide you through the process of identifying and fixing the problem.
  2. 2Float switch: Turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker panel before you start working on your dishwasher. Find the float switch in the cabinet (it is a dome shaped plastic device). Try to lift the switch upwards, if it does not come out, there may be a plastic top. Remove the plastic top from the stem and lift the float switch. Clean the stem and replace the dome. Check if it moves up and down freely. Test the float switch for continuity using a VOM (volt-ohm-meter). If there is no continuity, the switch is defective and you need to replace it. Disconnect the float switch from the tub by removing the screws. Buy a new float switch from appliance parts store (you may also find this in the home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowes). If you take the faulty switch with you, it will be easier to find a similar switch. Also, take make and model number of your dishwasher with you. Install the new float switch; be sure to connect the wires in the correct terminals. Turn on the electricity and test the dishwasher. If the dishwasher works properly, you are done. Otherwise, move to the next steps.
  3. 3Dishwasher Timer: If the timer gets stuck in the fill cycle, it will not shut off the water inlet valve. This condition will lead to continuous water flow into the dishwasher. Check the dishwasher timer. Get detailed information about how to test dishwater timer. If the timer is faulty, you need to replace it. Read about how to replace dishwasher timer. The timer is a very costly appliance part; you need to compare the price of a new timer with the price of an identical dishwasher. You may find that buying a new dishwasher is preferable to replacing the timer.
  4. 4 Water inlet valve: If the water inlet valve does not close at the end of fill cycle, the water flow will continue into the dishwasher. Check the dishwasher water inlet valve. Get detailed information about how to test dishwater water inlet valve. If the water inlet valve is faulty, you need to replace it. Read about how to replace dishwasher water inlet valve.