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Whirlpool Quiet Plus Dishwasher

Well, I went to turn on the dishwasher tonight and none of the buttons on the panel were working. I cut the breaker on and off....still no luck. I made sure nothing was blocking the heating element or the washer blade. I noticed directions on the panel to press the Air Dry button for 5 seconds to lock/unclock the control buttons. I did this and that particular button showed a red light.....still no luck with the other control panel buttons. I pressed the Air Dry button again, thinking maybe I locked the control panel the first time and now was unlocking it. Still no luck.

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Hi again,

Lost you on the Live Session. Have you checked the bottom plate/panel? We need to determine the error code by entering the diagnostics cycle. How you enter it varies by model. the machine's tech sheets should be located on the dishwasher somewhere, usually on the back side of the bottom kickplate.

In some models, probable fault are:

  • door latch (likely);
  • heating system (most likely).
Incidentally, there was a recall order on some Whirpool models due to the heating system.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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If your dishwasher doesn't work at all, check these:'

Power from the house Is there power getting to the dishwasher? This can be difficult to test, because dishwashers are usually wired directly to an electrical circuit, rather than plugged into the wall. But at least check for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

Door switch The door switch is important because, if it's defective, the dishwasher won't work at all. To reach it, you need to remove the control panel cover, or sometimes the interior liner of the door. If it's defective, you need to completely replace it.

Wiring Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dishwasher, burns and breaks the connection. If that's the problem, the wires must be repaired/replaced as necessary. If that's not the problem, check the wiring to the door switch, the wiring between the door and the lower part of the dishwasher, and the wiring to the timer. Repair any broken, burned, brittle, or defective wiring, using the proper appliance-grade wire and connectors.

Timer or selector switch Although it's uncommon, the timer or the selector switch may be defective. If so, you need to replace the defective part, because neither of these can be repaired.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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