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Dishwasher Does Not Work

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If your dishwasher stopped working, it is a major problem that you need to fix. You have the choice of calling an appliance repair technician and pay a lot of money. Sometimes you may be in a better bargaining position if you know the cause of the problem. Before you call an appliance repair technician, you can follow some easy steps and try to isolate the cause of the problem and possibly 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. 2Power to dishwasher: The first thing you need to check is the power source. If the dishwasher is not getting electricity, it will not work. Most of the dishwashers are wired directly to the power source; they do not use wall plugs. Go to the main electrical circuit panel in your house and turn the fuse switch for the dishwasher OFF and ON several times. This may re-establish electricity flow to the dishwater if the circuit breaker was tripped. Now, try to use the dishwater. If it works, you are done. If not, move to the next step.
  3. 3Door switch: The door switch in the dishwasher works as a safety device. The dishwashers are made in such a way that the door switch is involved in completing the circuit for all the major electrical components of the dishwasher. If this switch is OFF or loose, almost all the components that need electricity to run will not work, hence the dishwasher will not work. When you open the door, the door switch is OFF, when you close the door, the door switch is ON. Check carefully if the door is completely closed when you run the dishwasher.

    The door switch is located behind the control panel cover. You need to open the control panel cover to disconnect it from the dishwasher. Sometimes you may need to open the interior liner to reach the door switch. If the switch is defective, replace it. If you do not have the tool and knowledge to test and replace the switch, we suggest that you call a qualified appliance repair technician.

  4. 4 Electrical Wiring: Check the wiring between circuit breaker to Terminal Box, Terminal Box to door switch and door switch to timer. Sometimes the wires may burn or break. Replace or repair if you find any broken or burnt wires.
  5. 5 Selector switch: Sometimes the selector switch in your dishwasher may be defective. Check if the selector switch is bad. If so, replace it.
  6. 6 Timer: The timer in a dishwasher very rarely breaks. Check if the timer is defective. If so, you need to replace the timer. The timer is a very costly item. So, before you replace the timer, compare the price of a new dishwasher with the cost of a timer. If the prices are very close, it will be better if you buy a new dishwasher instead of replacing the timer.