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My KitchenAid dishwasher model KUDS01LBS5 stopped working. no lights on, wont respond to start button or cancel. Water was left in the tub from last successful wash. breaker panel looks ok. Any ideas?

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  • deepak226 Nov 14, 2009


    • Dishwasher is receiving 125v where mains is connected to dishwasher in small metal box behind kick panel. Everything underneath looks clean -- except what might be a few mouse droppings are present

    • Door path and seal looks good.

    • Door closes and latches nicely. Nothing looks like it is jamming door.

    • Tried holding 'energy-saver-dry' button down for 4-5 seconds to reset... no result. pressed each button - they all seem to click properly when depressed except 'delay-hours' button which does not click when pressed.

    Next test?

  • deepak226 Nov 14, 2009

    no. The panel has nothing lit up at all.

  • deepak226 Nov 14, 2009

    I have no problem with using the ohm meter... To take the door apart, I presume I undo the screws on the inside of the dishwasher door.... do you have any advice for doing that?

  • deepak226 Nov 15, 2009

    It looks like the No2 fuse does not have continuity through it. I'll buy one tomorrow and let you know if that fixes issue.

    best regards
    Deepak


  • deepak226 Nov 17, 2009

    Success! All went well and dishwasher is working properly. Thank you, and I accept the solution.

    One recommendation... I think I could have accessed the fuse (and electronic board etc) without having
    to remove the stainless panels (front and rear)-- the door has 6 screws on the left and right stainless back
    and a pair of screws at the top on either side of the door opener, plus a pair of screws on the left and
    right sides securing the door to the hinges.

    I am pretty sure that I could have released the control panel by just removing the top pair of screws on
    the inside back left and right, and the pair of screws adjacent to the handle at the top. I think that would
    have released the control panel. I am not absolutely sure as I had taken all of the screws off....
    It went back together without any issues.

    You saved me a couple of hundred dollars...

    Much appreciated!

  • deepak226 Nov 17, 2009

    I'll be back when some other appliance needs attention. Your instructions were clear, making it possible to do the repair myself. You saved me a couple of hundred dollars by avoiding a service call by a repair service. Thanks.

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First thing to always do on a dead dishwasher complaint is to verify that power is available at the power junction box in the dishwasher. Remove the kickplates (at bottom of dishwasher), then open the junction box cover and, see if the wire connections are still connected with wire nuts. If they are intact carefully (pull the wires out of the box) and unscrew the wire nuts, then test to make sure you have power to the connection between the house circuit and the dishwasher wires. If the wires are burnt when you open the box behind the kickplate, it is because loose electrical connections generate heat– these wire nuts were probably not installed correctly and loosened enough over time to cause the connection to burn. Because the circuit breaker didn't trip, the connections were contained by a grounded metal box, so there was little fire danger.If you have power to the dishwasher and the connections are good, screw the wire nuts back on and test the dishwasher again to see if there is power. This is the first step to check to make sure that you have power to the dishwasher and that the connections are done properly and secure. Next make sure there are no obstructions in the doors path/seal or locking mechanism and that nothing fell into the bottom of the dishwasher creating a jamb that could cause a malfunction. I hope this helps and good luck!
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  • CURT
    CURT Nov 14, 2009

    Do you have any indication of power to the touch panel?

  • CURT
    CURT Nov 14, 2009

    Here are a few more things to check. Obviously since you checked the voltage with a volt meter, I think I'm safe in assuming that you should have no problems with an Ohm meter. I hope this helps and good luck.


    Check #1 Bad Door Latch Switches

    These cause more problems than any other single
    component on this dishwasher. To check 'em, first cut the circuit
    breaker to the dishwasher 'cause the wires that attach to the switches
    are hot and if you touch 'em, they'll shock you. Anyway, you'll have to take the door apart to the get to 'em. When you pull out the whole door latch assembly.

    Now, if one of these door switches are bad, you'll usually be able to
    see a burnt wire and one of the switches will be obvious because
    it won't click when actuated. 'Course, it's always a good idea to
    verify with your ohm meter. If one of the switches are fried, don't just change
    the bad switch. Save yourself some trouble down the road (and avoid an
    unpleasant dishwasher fire) by changing both switches and the wire
    harness.

    Check #2 Blown Thermal Fuse

    The thermal fuse is located in the control panel, You can check it with a simple continuity test (ohm meter). Or you can jumper it out to see if the dishwasher will start running normally.




    Check #3 Blown or Oversensitive Electronic Control Board

    Control
    board problems can stem from **** and noise in the dishwasher's
    electrical supply which make the electronics on the control board go
    flakey. . Or, it could just be a bad control board, plain n' simple.



  • CURT
    CURT Nov 14, 2009

    Sorry here is #2 Thermal fuse

  • CURT
    CURT Nov 14, 2009

    I figured you wouldn't have a problem with the Ohm meter. But to take the door apart take the screws out from the inside (check bottom edge and sides of door as well). It's pretty straight forward.



  • CURT
    CURT Nov 14, 2009

    here's another

  • CURT
    CURT Nov 16, 2009

    Very good. I hope that is the fix to your problem, and thanks for the update.

  • CURT
    CURT Nov 17, 2009

    Deepak,
    I'm glad it all worked out for you and thank you for the kind works.

    Hawk...



  • CURT
    CURT Nov 17, 2009

    I mean words not works.

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