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No power light comes on

The door-top power light does not come on and the dishwasher will not start. Circuit breaker and GFIs are fine. Any ideas of some component that might shut-down the dishwasher?

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Re: No power light comes on

Bone, you probably have a blown thermal fuse that is located on the control board, easy fix. First check your wiring to the diswasher behind the bottom panel. I will attach a back.

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