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Lights Don't Come on and Start Cycle

This is a 3 year old machine.  The problem is a consistent one.  The wash selector lights do not come on and therefore, the cycle does not start.  The other lights come on when you press those buttons.  I turned off the electric from the box for 30 minutes and then on with no luck.  I can play with the buttons and after 15 minutes get the dishwasher to work a full cycle (not test cycle).  What are the possible problems and solutions?

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Re: Lights Don't Come on and Start Cycle

You need to take voltage checks at the control make sure you have voltage coming to it before you replace it. It sounds like you've got plenty of money into it already It might have been cheaper to call someone.

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Re: Lights Don't Come on and Start Cycle

Sounds like you need a control board (timer) or possibly a console/touch panel. One easy way to tell if it's the touch panel - turn lights off in the room and look for a faint glow from any of the indicator lights (when the dishwasher is NOT in use). This is a quick way to tell, but is not ALWAYS the case with a bad console. The 2 wires on the upper right you refered to DO go to a THERMAL fuse that is attached to the grey control board casing. When those fuses blow it does tend to be toward the end of the cycle and will almost always leave water in the bottom. If that fuse is blown the dishwasher will do NOTHING but that doesn't explain your earlier problems. If the fuse is blown you will need to replace it before doing the console check mentioned earlier and make sure you get the fuse KIT that comes with a new harness and not just the fuse itself. And, as always turn the power off before making any repairs and DON'T do anything you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with.

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Okay, I know you said you checked for loose wires but did you check for broken wires. What you will need to do is trace each wire from under the dishwasher to where it comes into the control panel. The reason I say this is because the wiring comes up from under the dishwasher into the door and up to the panel. What happens is the wires break internally from the door being open and closed this puts a stress on the wiring. You won't be able to see the break because it tends to break inside the coating and you can't see it. Which is why you need to trace the wires. If you find one broken make sure you don't splice it at the bottom. Run a completely new wire from underneath all the way to the control. I have seen this problem more than I can remember. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 21, 2007

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