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  • pkliu Apr 05, 2009

    Is there is transformer in the dishwasher?  A couple weeks ago, several transformers were burn out through out my house (for phone, game console....)  I wonder the same thing happen to the dishwasher.


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First check the circuit breaker panel in your home for the breaker for the dishwasher. See if it has been 'tripped'. Re-set it if that is the problem. Try the washer again.

If that isn't the problem. I have another possible solution that I just discovered with my KitchenAid. It takes someone who knows how to work with appliances to fix this.

There is a device that is like a fuse called a thermal cut off. It is in series with the door switch (makes sure the dishwasher door is closed). In my case this thermal cut off was the culprit. It looks a cylinder the thickness of a pen refill, is about a quarter inch long and has what seems to be a cone shape at one end of it. Wire/ leads are coming out of each end. In my KitchenAid, this small device was housed in a plastic block with two larger connectors that could be detached. I was able to disconnect the two connectors and then un-snap the plastic block with the thermal cutoff device in it. I used a ohm meter to test it and it was open (that is, it was like a blown fuse). I don't think it could be much more than $5 to $10 to replace this small unit. I'll be doing that tomorrow. I was able to prove that that was the culprit by shorting out the two connectors that had gone to the thermal cut-off with an alligator clip. The washer lit up immediately. He careful this device is carrying the 110volts. It is not a replacement for amateurs.

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Hi deborah-333,

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

Your problem is: no power

First check breaker (fuzes), if breaker is good then check the connection at the d/w. It's under the d/w behind the kick plate on right or center under a cover box. 9 times out of 10 you'll find a loose, broken or burnt connection there. That done, it's time to call in warranty repair. If beyond warranty you might consider utilizing the Repair Directory to find a repairman. If the d/w has a few years on it perhaps it is time to compare the cost of repair verses replacement.

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Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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