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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Re: dishwasher not working
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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Ok, bare with me...
Is there any visible SMOKE with the smell? If so turn it off and call a repairman.
Verify that the clothes drum is turning freely. If it is not, call a repairman.
I recommend removing all clothing from your dryer and to carefully follow these instructions.
With the machine off, Clean the dryer filter well. Set dryer to the MAXIMUM heat setting on a 30 min TIMED cycle.
Start the cycle.
Make close observations in short intervals of time.
At the end of your timed cycle determine if the smell has changed more or less.
With the dryer off, Locate the electrical socket/plug of the device if it is an electric machine. place your hand on it to determine it's temperature. It should be no more than Luke-warm to touch.
If it is uncomfortably warm to touch you should consider contacting an electrician to determine the working load of the wiring to the device.
If the wiring/plug test is deemed adequately cool, ventilate the dyer area well for an hour and repeat steps 3-7, the hot - empty test again. The smell should diminish.
Lint and other clothes debris can get pulled into contact with the dryer's heating element and it will burn or smolder. If a piece of elastic rubber gets into contact with the heating element, the smell will be strong and may last a long time.
If it is still bothersome after the burn-out procedure, it will have to be taken apart and at least cleaned or the element replaced. This is not usually covered by warranty as it is considered a USER PROBLEM. Sorry.
Normally, the last part of any cycle involves using the heater element inside, and at the bottom of, the dishwasher to give dishes a final hot rinse. Possibly some small plastic-type material has become melted and stuck to the element - which will remain hot even after all water is discharged. Hence the smell.
Sounds to me like the motherboard inside the unit is on it's way to thermal overload. This is a common problem with this particular model. You'll smell electronics burning and one day it'll quit altogether with a burst of smoke. I had this happen to me and I traced the problem back to a faulty triac (transistor-like device) that overheated and caused the circuit board and wiring harness to burn up from excessive current draw. I repaired my motherboard with a new triac ($6) and rewired the harnesses. A cooling fan on the heatsink of the board would solve this problem.