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Not heating water

Machine runs but is not heating the water, have checked the element it is working fine

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  • david09 Sep 17, 2008

    i have test the element appears to be fine, so i changed the thermostat but still have the same problem. HELP

  • clarep2020 Oct 04, 2008

    my has done the same. Replaced thermostat, and Heating elememt. Still runs cold.

    Any answers?

  • meady Mar 25, 2009

    have same problem element measures 35 ohms checked voltage to earth 220v at element but no voltage between terminals got 220v at the controller any idea of what is between that could be stopping it found a thermostat in the base of the main tub that is working fine anything else that could be stopping current flow

  • cheese_tickt May 07, 2009

    Ok guys, I have the same problem. I am an electronics engineer by trade so I'd consider myself more than competent to fix this. I checked the PD across the element when it was *supposed* to be heating and registered 0v. The first thing that could be stopping anything getting to the element is the safety thermostat (connected by purple wire underneath). This was closed circuit (i.e. not broken), so would obviously pass through any current supplied to it. The other end of the element is connected to a relay on the timer board behind the front panel. This was not closing at any point, therefore something to do with this is the fault. The relay works fine when I apply 12v across its coils, so whatever triggers it is not working. I have not had time to investigate further, but suspect either a transistor on the board has gone or its the thermistor which sits on the inside of the door panel (connected by black wires to a little white plastic bit which is thermally pasted to the inside of the door panel). Two options: either replace the timer board (at about 35 - 60 quid) or find the fault with this one. I will investigate further and report back. If anyone knows where to find the service manual online it would help immensely!
    PLEASE be careful! The Timer board has 240v connections on it!!


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First, open the door and look into the tub and locate the heating element (if it is covered, remove the lower dish rack and cover). The heating element has two terminals which extend through the bottom of the tub, note the general location where they go through.
To access the heating element's wiring, remove the lower panel located beneath the door. The panel is usually held in place with two screws either above or below the panel. It may be necessary to first open the door to the dishwasher to reach the screws over the panel, then close the door to remove the panel.
Look into the lower access area and locate where the terminals come through the tub. Each terminal has a wire connected to it. Label the wires and the terminals so that they can be properly reconnected. Pull the wire off of each terminal; they are connected with a slip on connector. Firmly pull the connector, do not pull on the wire. You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers. Inspect the connector and terminal for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced
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Test the resistance of the heating element using a multimeter. Set the multitester to the ohms setting X1 and touch one probe to each of the terminals. A normal reading will be somewhere between infinity and zero. The exact reading differs by manufacturer and model. If the indicator does not move (infinite resistance) or moves to the other extreme of the scale (zero resistance) then the element is damaged and should be changed

Hope this may help you


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