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GE Dishwasher popping sound then smell of burning, flash of light

While the dishwasher was running I heard a popping sound. The dishwasher tripped the outlet closest to it (for garbage disposal also) AS WELL as the main fuse. Checked inside and everything looked okay. Hadn't finished it's cycle.

When the main fuse was reset the dishwasher door was OPEN and I heard the POP again as well as saw a spark(?) of light come out of the bottom. It's 8:30pm - what should I do? Turn off the main again (it didn't trip of the 2nd time - just the outlet). Take of the bottom panel to make sure nothings smoldering under there? I called Factory Service - they said to disconnect - what I'm an electrician now!! LOL

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jsrock516
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SOURCE: How to knock out garbage disposal plug

Turn off the power source to the garbage disposal. Take the drain hose from the dishwasher off the connector going to the disposal (if connected). Insert a flat blade screwdriver in the drain hose fitting and tap a few times with a hammer. The plastic plug will pop off inside the garbage disposal. Reach inside from the top of the disposal to retrieve the plastic plug. Sometimes you have to use a little force to tap the plug out. Hope this helps you.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

Loringh
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SOURCE: garbage disposal (water won't drain out of sink standing water)

There should be an overload button somewhere on the bottom of the disposal motor. This is to prevent the motor from trying to run if the chopping blades are jammed, otherwise the motor would burn up.

First, try to move the blades with something like a broom handle. Using a flashlight you should be able to see the blades. there's probably three of them. try to make sure each one can move even a little bit.

Next, with the disposal switch in the off position, find the overload button and push it in, Then turn on the disposal switch and see if it runs. If the overload button trips off again, repeat the above steps until the blades can turn.

Let me know how this goes. Loringh

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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SOURCE: loud bang and fusing dishwasher

chucked it !!

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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SOURCE: dishwasher

its quite common for the interferance filter to fail on these models its situated in the base of the dishwasher connected to the mains block usually when they fail you can see black dust around it,

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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SOURCE: dishwasher is "tripping" the breaker & not draining.

I had the same problem with a Hobart AM8 passthru dishwasher. The electrician determined that some of the wires had become exposed and were wet, thus shorting things out and tripping the breaker.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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