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Dishwasher won't work, as if it's turned off

We have had the dishwasher for years. It has worked well. Recently, we need push the door a little bit, otherwise it won't work. Today it won't work though we pushed the door. We checked the on/off buttons. As if it's disconnected. It's totally dead. Please help us.

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Sounds like the fuse on the control blew. you can replace the fuse for around $20 or you can cut and splice the wires for free. If that doesnt work then you may have a loose conection in your junction box under the dishwasher.

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