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Dishwasher drain solenoid

My ge nautilus portable dishwasher quit working. When I turned it on, the dial would not move through the cycles at all and the dishwasher just ran constantly untill I noticed the smell of burning plastic and shut it off. I didn't know it was the timer at first, and instead I replaced the melted drain solenoid. I had some trouble installing it and think I may have done it wrong. I plugged in the wires to it, and turned on the washer, but it still didn't change cycles.Again thinking it was the drain solenoid, I checked the wires again and realized I plugged it in backwards. After that, I tried it again and when the dial didn't turn, I turned it myself. It worked that way, so I ordered a timer and installed it.Now the cycles change as they should, but the dishes are still dirty and the soap it still all over them. The water doesn't come into the dishwasher with enough pressure to move the sprayer arms correctly.I think it is the solenoid. See, the water is draining slowly into the sink during the wash cycle. I don't think it should. I checked the solenoid again, and it is stuck halfway between open and closed.Frozen there. I don't understand what I did wrong for sure. I know I need another solenoid, but I want to know what I did wrong first so I don't repeat the mistake. Can't find a diagram of a properly installed drain slenoid, which would help alot.

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Re: dishwasher drain solenoid

Snoopy, first of all you did a good thing when you ordered the timer. I have got stung on this model by just changing the solenoid. The fact is the timer is stalling and sending too much voltage to the solenoid and burning it up. Just order the new solenoid and install it. The solenoid is a AC circuit so it doesn't matter which way the harness is on, you should be just fine with the new back.

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