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Dishwasher not working

The last time my whirlpool dishwasher ran (yesterday), there was a strong burning smell at the end of the cycle. It smelled like burning rubber, or electrical. We tried to run another load today and the dishwasher will not run. There does not appear to be power to the dishwasher - the control panel lights aren't working either. Is there a reset wwitch somewhere? Is the motor burned out? Is it worthwile to have it repaired (it's about 5 years old) or replaced?

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The motor may be burned out or there may be another electrical issue which would also cause the symptoms you describe. Call around and try to get an estimate, and at the same time look at new ones on sale.............one question is how secure will u feel with that maching......now that it has acted up like this.

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