Question about Siemens 24 in. SL34A006UC Built-in Dishwasher

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Not starting wash cycle

Dishwasher motor runs to empty drain of water, but keeps running and does not go into wash cycle. Does not matter which cycle is selected.
I can hear water running in drain until empty. Can add water to drain and it evacuates, but still does not start cycle?

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  • silkes4 Sep 17, 2008

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  • silkes4 Sep 17, 2008

    thanks will do some follow up on your recommendation.

    I just found out from my wife that the garbage disposal was acting up prior to the dishwasher as well, so there may have been some blockage due to that.

  • silkes4 Sep 17, 2008

    Ok, I was able to see the red stick. It does move up and down and seemed to be more up than down as far as I could tell. I jiggled it around and let it rest where it would naturally and started the dishwasher. It went into a wash cycle.

    I have called for a service call under my extended warranty to have it checked regardless. Wasn't sure if I was still covered, but seem to be.

    thanks for the assistance. TS.

  • silkes4 Sep 17, 2008

    GWOL identified a probable cause for my issue. It may or may not require a part replacement, but helped me resolve the problem area. thanks, TS.

  • nabi_cho Oct 27, 2008

    I have similar problem. I tried to drain the dirty water at bottom by pressing "Cancel+Drain" button combination with no success. I also tried to power cycle it hoping to clean things up. The machine turned on and turned off a few times by itself. It seems that there's electrical issue. I opened up the circuit board area thinking to find faulty connections or corrosion. I did not find any. I guess It may be time to get a new one... My wife is killing me:-)

  • Gavin Wolchina May 11, 2010

    Could you please specify the Make and model of the Dishwasher?




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Typically this means that there has been a water leak of some sort and there is water in the lower base pan. This is the large white plastic base that the dishwasher sits on.

If you remove the toe kick and look back past the fill valve on the extreme left side of the dishwasher about 6 to 8 inches from the front you will see a red stick that goes straight up and down. This is a mechanical linkage that activates the drain feature. Be careful as there are live connections here.

This stick rests on a round piece of Styrofoam that acts as a float. If there is water present it will cause the stick to lift and the dishwasher will go into drain. The source of the leak will have to be isolated and corrected. Most likely it is the fill float assembly as referenced at the end of this post.

If the stick is not in the upright position then there is possibly an issue with the switch mechanism itself.

You will have to pull the dishwasher out from beneath the cabinet and remove the panel covering the left hand side. If it is a full panel then there are a couple of screws holding it on from the front through side trim as viewed when the door is open if it is a half panel then it can be removed by removing the large torx screw on the lower right as seen when facing the panel.

If there is a problem with the switch then the entire mechanism should be replaced.

Try the following link to a picture for reference. It is upside down as compared to the installed one:

http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SSPartDetail.aspx?PartID=935595&PPStack=1




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