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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Problem

My Kenmore elite diswasher of 5 years seems to be dead. no light, nothing starts. power to unit is good. is there a relay or fuse to check in the door panel kenmore elite undercounter dishwasher

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    dishwasher won't work, display shows code f2e2

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I had this same problem so I took the front panel off to access the thermal fuse.  What I found instead was that food had become lodged in the door latch which was keeping the door safety switch from operating properly.  I took a thin screwdriver and removed the food from the cavity.  Since you did not have the problem in your first five years the cavity just might be the problem since that is about the amount of time it took me to get too much food stuck in mine as well. This solution took five seconds and requires no disassembly.

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2. Open dishwasher door and remove the top screws that hold the console in place. You shouldn't have to remove the lower screws unless you plan on removing the entire door panel.
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