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Dishwasher stopped near beginning of a drain cycle.

Machine ran OK until it started to drain from its first wash cycle (90 min. auto wash cycle). Froze at min. 66. Pressed 2 min. drain / off cycle button. Timer light blinks every 4 seconds with a sound like it wants to start up but then immediately stops. Same kind of light blink and sound that was happening at min. 66. Any ideas what to do? THANKS.

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  • Michael Engel
    Michael Engel Mar 29, 2014

    Pulled out D.W. Disconnected exhaust hose. A little blockage but not much. Pressed Drain / Off button. Same deal. 2 min. light, no change, every 4 seconds, a little blink and sound, like a relay is trying to engage. What's next?? THANKS, m.e.

  • Michael Engel
    Michael Engel Mar 31, 2014

    Is the very subtle light blink and 'relay sound' clicking on / off (?) due to more clogging of the drain or drain motor blockage. I.E. If the drain motor tries to engage and there is to much mechanical resistance, can this mean that the relay sensor reads to high of current needed and automatically shuts down before the motor can engage. Will remove the drain basked next as soon as I get a star bit for the 8 screws that hold it on. Stay tuned.

  • Michael Engel
    Michael Engel Mar 31, 2014

    Any way to check a relay switch for the drain motor?

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