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Dishwasher will fill w/water but will shut off b4 cycle begins

We recently had a power outage and I am not sure if it is related but since the outage my DW is not working properly. It will fill with water just fine but as soon as it is done filling, it shuts down and will not begin the cycle. If I press the start button twice it will pump the water out just fine. Someone told me there was a sequence of buttons you can push to reset the machine and I was hoping this was the case and that this could potentially solve my problem before I have to call in a repairman. Any suggestions?

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  • jecarter Dec 28, 2008

    The problem appears to be electronic. I did turn the breaker off for about a half an hour and this did not help. The water that comes in is clean not dirty it has no problem filling with water. The issue is once it fills with water at the beginning of the cycle (approx. 5 minutes in) it them immediatley shuts off completely before continuing with the rest of the cycle. If I press the start button twice it pumps out the water from the tray with no problem. Is there a way to reset the electronic panel, could this be the problem?

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To Reset dishwasher

  • Make sure dishwasher is empty of water.

  • Turn off Dishwasher

  • Turn back on and within first 3 seconds press black button 4 times

  • Push door closed and let washer go through cycle

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A power outage could indeed be the cause of your problem, there may have been a power surge when the power came back on, this can damage the electronic circuits that control the functions of the dishwasher, all public utility companies have claim forms for damages to appliances, TV and what ever else may be hooked up that is sensitive to surges, they are pretty easy to file and in most cases they will repair or replace the appliance with little or no fuss, try it.

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Have you unplugged it yet for about 20minutes and tried again?

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 28, 2008

    All points to the control board in the console .. I do not have the part number for it but it is about $80

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 28, 2008

    I stand corrected but you can find the board here .. its a little more than $80

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First try cutting power to the machine for about an hour, and see if it resets.

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    Sibananda Jena Dec 28, 2008

    first try cutting power to the machine for about an hour, and see if it resets.

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Two things to consider....clean water or dirty water?
Clean water usually indicates the fill valve is not shutting off all the way and the fill valve is "weeping" water in all the time = new fill valve time!!
Dirty water usually is not a dishwasher problem but more of a plumbing issue. Often the sink drain that carries the sinks water outside is not fast enough and some of this sink water is backing up into the drain hose and filling up the dishwasher through the drain hose. The drain from the sink to outside needs attention as this type of a problem indicates a slow house drain for that sink.
The dishwasher drain line should be clamped to the top underneath part of the counter before entering the sink drain plumbing, this may help the water from coming back inside the dishwasher.
This is often the fill valve.  You can test the fill valve coil for continuity with a ohm meter, no needle movement = bad fill valve. You can also test the fill valve for 120 volts at the fill valve with a volt meter, power there and no fill = bad fill valve. No 120 volts there, you will have to trace power back to find the trouble maker. Test things like the float and float switch, wires and timer.  Fill valves are very bad for working once or twice and then quitting, if your dishwasher fills the first and second fill cycles and then no more water through the rest of the cycle, replace the fill valve. You will need to remove the access panels to get at the fill valve. Dishwasher fill valves also have a screen built into the valve entrance, this can also get all clogged up and need to be cleaned. 
 Most common d/w power is 120 volts, check for 120 volts with a volt meter at the main power harness where it enters into the dishwasher, you will have to remove the lower access panels to get to the power box. Dishwashers also have at least one and most newer dishwashers have two door switches that must be checked. You will find then behind the console at the door latch area. Each manufacture has different designs but this is a picture of what some of the newer dishwasher switches look like.
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http://www.applianceaid.com/dish.html


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Have you unplugged it for about 20 minutes yet and tried again?

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