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Burning plastic smell and then dishwasher meltdown

Have been experiencing a burning plastic odor when using the dishwasher. Unfortunately, we ignored it and the dishwasher had a meltdown. The entire control panel fried. We are lucky the house didn't go on fire!!! We also own a Kitchenaid Stove and Refrigerator. The stove has singed my new maple cabinets in the self clean mode and the refrigerator emits an unpleasant odor from time to time. I will never buy a Kitchenaid product again. What a waste of hard earned money.

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  • mikeyf May 22, 2008

    Same burning plastic smell when in use. We continue to use the appliance in the energy saving dry mode and the smell is no longer. This would suggest a heating element problem or the electronic board that controls the heating cycles. The downside is that the dishes are not as clean or spotless as before. We purchased a entire new heating element and control board for roughly $80.00 and have yet to replace it. I am interested in doing the repairs myself but cannot find a schematic drawing to guide me and therefore may be forced to pay a technician.

  • mushing Sep 01, 2008

    We have the same issue and shortly after we had the Clean light blinking 7 times. Fixed that issue with help on this site, but still the burning plastic smell when ran in BOTH the normal and energy saving mode. Has anyone replaced the parts the previous poster talked about?

  • kirstycone Apr 04, 2009

    We have had our new Kitchenaid stainless steel dishwasher for 24 hours and run it three times hoping the plastic/chemical smell would go away. It hasn't. The smell fills the whole house and I am worried about my 7mos old baby inhaling the fumes. I called Kitchenaid and the lady acted like she'd never heard this complaint before. She suggested pouring 2 cups of lemon juice or vinegar into it and running it. I have tried the vinegar and it hasn't helped. Will try lemon juice next. Another website suggested adding a tsp. of baking soda to each load to absorb odor.

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    I've had my KitchenAid dishwasher for 2 weeks. I have the same exact problem. It's a terrible smell and nothing seems to work. When I called KitchenAid to tell them about the problem they acted as though they hadn't heard of the problem before as well. Told me to try vinegar. Nothing works. I think I'm going to return it.



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SOURCE: Dishwasher not cleaning dishes. Casade cleaner not disolved.???

Run the unit with no soap, after about 5 min. of run time open door and check to see if water is clear or soapy,If soapy then you are having an oversudsng issue.When your washer gets to rinse cycle, your unit (if oversuding),will be rinsing with soapy water and the the drying cycle bakes the soap on dishes.You might be having a white film on your clear glasses.Cut down on soap especially if you have soft water.powder soap is best.Your dishwasher will fill , wash , the drain.Its what you put into it that will cause dishes not become clean.

Posted on Dec 07, 2007

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SOURCE: We have a kitchenaid dishwasher model#kud102irbl

If the clean light flashes 7 times, pauses, then repeats...

When the dishwasher doesn't sense a water temperature increase, it will stop working and lock the functions (clean light flashes 7 times, all buttons are non responsive). It does this as a safety in case the element is broken and feeding electrical current into the water.

To resolve this you will have to reset the console. Do this by closing the door and press these buttons in sequence...

-high temp wash
-heated dry
-high temp wash
-heated dry

...all the lights will turn on briefly and the machine will start a diagnostic cycle. You can press cancel or let the diagnostic cyle finish (1-2 minutes).
You should now be able to run the dishwasher as normal.

If the issue returns, you could have a problem with the heating circuit (ie. element, thermostat or wiring). It rarely happens but it could also be the door switch not engaging properly when the door is closed (slightly bend the door latch down making sure it doesn't hit the door when you close it).

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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SOURCE: After using the self-clean cycle, display panel went black and oven door stayed locked.

Happens alot dont feel bad , self clean mode runs the elements at 500 deg. to cook off everything possible , what happens is the cabinet gets to hot and heats saftey temp. fuses until they go out and they are not resetable. they are always located in different areas of ranges but usaully in the back. you can ohm them out to check them if you have a meter.let me know if you have any other questions.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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SOURCE: dishwasher and everything run in it smells like mothballs

there will be some loose conections,the heating coil might be defective and please check if there is any wire damage undrneath the machine.if yes rectify it then provide a rat mesh.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Fuses blown & controller card fried

Take this from a 4 board and 9 fuse owner.I believe the ceramic thermal fuse does not blow quick enough and during voltage spikes,or under a load cause overheating of the control board.All my boards had burnt marks on the back of the board(apposite where the 4 prong plug goes).I purchased a new board ,new ceramic fuse with the wire.They say the wire must be replaced too.(Ebay under Whilpool dishwasher fuse 14.00) Next on Ebay I purchased a 15 amp marine push button circuit breaker which I mounted in the side of the front panel.Split the one leg going to the ceramic fuse,run it to one of the legs of the breaker and run the other side of the breaker leg back to the ceramic fuse.I know someone out there is saying you don't need the ceramic fuse if you have the breaker in the line.Humor me.Lets say you get a large surge that fries the breaker closed as in a lightning storm.The ceramic fuse may save the day.Since I have set ours up this way the breaker trips once in a blue moon.Reset it and your off and running again.Oh and don't bother calling Whilpool(makers of Kitchenaid) You can't get anywhere with them.Now if for some unfortunate reason this doesn't solve your problem,don't throw away that dishwasher.Remove the upper and lower baskets,bolt them to the trunk of your car and the next time you go to the car wash bring your dishes with you.LOL

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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