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My dishwasher SMS 448 works up to the point in the cycle when the dispenser is supposed to dislodge the Powerball detergent. It doesn't, and the machine stops. If I open the door and click the dispenser, the Powerball falls into the dishwasher unit itself. But when I close the door, the machine doesn't operate until I turn the knob a bit farther on in the cycle. Then, no water comes out, but the knob moves on in the cycle and the heating pipes heat up

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Buffalo12980
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SOURCE: re: Maytag dishwasher

does the timer advance the control knob? check to see that nothing is in the way of the center spray tower. does it sound like any water is spraying around inside?

Posted on Sep 01, 2007

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SOURCE: miele G575 Dishwasher

Watch also for how you load the upper rack. The flap opens inward and the rack has an opening to permit full opening. If this is blocked by your dishes, the flap won't open properly.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007

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SOURCE: soap door won't open during wash cycle

its either the dispenser or the timer/pcb.

Posted on Mar 02, 2008

SOURCE: miele G575 Dishwasher

It could be jammed with old and hardened dishwasher detergent which dries like cement, preventing the little door from opening up. Clean the soap dispenser area with warm water and a toothbrush, especially underneath the area where the cover springs open.

Posted on May 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Dishwasher not pumping water

Hi, I have an ASKO 1606 and it stopped turning on. This happened after the sink drain got blocked. All that would happen when switched on was the sound of the pump trying to pump water out. I opened up the panel on the back and found the tray inside full of water. As I started scooping the water out I heard what sounded like a switch clicking on and off. I think there must be a safety float switch or something. Once the water in the tray was cleared everything worked fine again. No more hand washing dishes!! WOOHOO

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Dishwasher 3 in 1 detergent tablet not dissolving.

I believe that the instructions for using these 3-in-1 tablets is to place it in the open dish detergent cup, rather than in the closable compartment, since the tablet needs to get doused by a lot of water in oder to fully dissolve and be effective in getting the dishes clean.

Since the tablets are designed to dissolve more slowly, they are able to be used for the entire range of washing cycles. If it's a constant problem and you don's have an open detergent cup below or next to your closed detergent dispenser, just toss it into the bottom of the dishwasher instead.

The reason that the tablet isn't getting dissolved fully is because the door is preventing the tablet from dropping all the way out and the door is shielding the tablet from quite a bit of water spray.

Another option is to take a look at your owners manual for the dishwasher and see if they recommend these all-in-one tablets versus regular powered detergent and liquid rinse aid.

Hope that helps and best regards!

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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