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GE Nautilus Dishwasher

When I start the dw it hums and then clicks and is off and smells like something is burning, any ideas?

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  • howdytommy Dec 07, 2008

    Same problem with the burning stench, but hubby ignored it for way too long and now the water won't drain out completely after wash cycle is complete AND it leaves gritty white crud on everything.

  • msunyak Feb 22, 2009

    I have the same problem. THe fins on the motor are turning and the clicking sound starts the moment I close the door and initiate the cleaning process. Backside of motor (toward front) has black oily buildup on the fins. Should I attempt a removal of the motor to check?

  • Doniw Feb 16, 2013

    Hi - My dishwasher 9 years old GFE GSD 3200 stopped working on wed this week 02/13/2013. Similar symptoms - water will not drain and nothing but a click and humming sound on all positions of the timer. Yesterday friday I called a repaurman who said it will cost anywhere between $200 - $250 if he comes in to fix it including all parts, etc. I thought of buying a new one for about $350 - then I thought let me try. I googled and got to this website ad a few others and followed the instructions of opeing the drain pipe below the sink and used a vacuum to suck - not much was found. Then I opened the two drain openigs inside the dishwasher - the ones at the back and found a few particels and a glass piece about 1/2 and inch - still the dishwasher wont work. Today I decided to check out te motor and pump. I followed the suggestion of rotating the motor blades and still no luck. Then I disconnected all pipes, pulled out the dishwasher in the middle of my kitchen, lay it flat on the front and opened the disposal section where there is a small blade that is connected to the spindle of the motor. With great difficulty, using scissors, a thin pin, a thin screwdriver, a thin nose plier, I tried to pull out all kinds of things like hair, wet paper, food particles, metal wire, etc. etc. After this the spindle of the motor started rotating much more freely. I then re-assembled everything and connected power and started it. Yahooo! It works as it worked before. I guess I lucked out. Just wanted to share with you good folks whose posts I have been reading since yesterday.



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If the dishwasher has not been used for a few weeks, the water in the sump that goes into the pump will evaporate causing the pump to freeze up. usually you can turn the fins inside the motor to free it up. make sure the dishwasher is not on when you do this.

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Could be something stuck in your pump have you broken any glasses lately!

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