When Josephine Garis Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher in 1886, she did so to solve a problem. She wanted a machine that could wash dishes faster than they could be done by hand and without breaking them.
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When she couldn"t find one, the founder of KitchenAid built one. How"s that for ingenuity?
Josephine was definitely onto something that revolutionized how a time-consuming chore was done. At this point, you"ve probably become pretty reliant on your dishwasher to make short work of your kitchen clean-up.
When your dishwasher won"t start, it"s a good idea to consider the basics. First, make sure that your dishwasher is plugged in properly.
Occasionally, vibration from the machine will jar the plug loose. Make sure it"s securely plugged into the wall outlet nearby.
If your machine is direct-wired, check that the circuit breaker switch hasn"t been tripped. A power surge that’s operating more than one appliance on the same circuit may overload the GFCI. Reset it and try starting your dishwasher again.
Both switches should be activated when the door is closed. If you"re not sure, disconnect the power and use a multimeter to check for continuity. Replace the assembly if needed.
Does your dishwasher have a child safety lock that prevents your appliance from being turned on accidentally? Your owner"s manual should have instructions on how to disengage that feature.
Another place to look if your dishwasher won"t start is the thermal fuse. If it has blown, the control board won"t receive any power. Locate the fuse at the top of the circuit board inside the access panel. As always, disconnect the power, and replace the fuse if there is no continuity.
Motor Start Relay
This part supplies power to the motor to jump start the windings. The motor start relay may be defective if you"re getting power from the control circuit but your dishwasher still won"t start.
You can find it next to the motor. Disconnect the power, and a continuity check should be positive when activated - if it"s not, replace it.
The job of the dishwasher drive motor is to circulate water during the wash cycle. A telltale sign of a failing motor is a loud humming sound during the cycle.
You may have a defective drive motor if your dishwasher won"t start once the motor start relay sends power to it. If none of these steps help you resolve your issue or you just feel more comfortable hiring a professional technician to troubleshoot and repair your dishwasher, we"ve got you covered.
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