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Frigidaire Dishwasher won't start

My Frigidaire Dishwasher is dead. (Model: FDB658RAC1). I have traced the power to the timer so I thought by replacing the timer my problem would be solved. Replaced timer but the dishwasher shows no signs of life. What am I overlooking?

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  • slmorris Dec 11, 2008

    It was the door switch. While the latch was working properly, the switch wasn't being triggered due to a plastic piece in the switch not making contact. Thank you.

  • cjlafaye Feb 10, 2009

    model#fdb510lcs3 worked fine you had to turn the knob to where you wanted it to start and shut the door bam it would go . now did same as always and nothing



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Hi there,

as u said that u have already replaced the timer u may also try the following:

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.

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