Question about Dishwashers

2 Answers

Defy Dishmaid Dishwasher (12 place), 2 years, 3 months old

If I put it on, all lights are working, water can come in, but wash cycle never starts? Can you pleeze help and advice accordingly?

Posted by on

  • 4 more comments 
  • WKok Jan 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with my Defy Dishmaid DW-12. It switches on & starts taking in water but wash cycle never starts. Is there a way of resetting it or something, please advise?

  • chrisvale Jan 17, 2009

    Yep, I have the same problem. Except mine is intermittent. Sometimes the wash cycle starts and sometimes not. Mostly not. I think it is either one of the sensors that might be clogged or faulty, or perhaps a fault in the controller unit, which is behind the settings dial. I am looking into it myself, but if anyone has solved this one or knows what it might be, please post a solution.

  • rroberts410 Mar 17, 2009

    IT does not want to rinse agian, makes the cycle start all over agian

  • clintsutherl Jan 06, 2010

    machine is just dead. no power

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    how can I replace the draIn pump

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    cycle started and stopped after 5 minutes, nolights and no response since. please help



2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Well, I fixed it in my case, by opening it up and taking a look. It seems that water was leaking out of the main compartment into the guts of the machine and shorting out a solenoid (I think). In my case, the water was leaking at the location where the 'water hardness adjustment' knob/screw is. This is in the middle of the left inside wall. (Take a look at your manual)
This may or may not be the problem in your cases, but it certainly produced the same symptoms. You need to be somewhat technically inclined to do this, and ABOVE ALL, make sure the dishwasher is off, unplugged and the water supply is turned off before going any further...
You start by taking off the top 'preparation surface' o the dishwasher by lifting two plastic clips at the back of the machine and sliding the top backwards and off. Next, by removing the left cover plate of the dishwasher (there are screws at the back, top and front of the machine), you expose a large flatish plastic device about 150x300x15mm that is responsible for dividing up the incoming water to add salt to one portion and then presumably recombine the water. This is held in place by two clips on the left side and the large ring around the water hardness adjustment screw on the inside of the machine. Twist off the ring and give the plastic thing a good pull to loosen it from the black tar-like stuff. Once it is free, you'll see a black o-ring that seals the joint between the plastic device and the main compartment. In my case, this was full of gunk and not sealing properly. I gave it a good clean and refitted the whole assembly. For good measure I also checked the clips securing the hoses connecting to the plastic device and made sure they were sound.
There is an electrical connection to what I think is a solenoid below the plastic device described above at the bottom of the machine. In my case, water was dripping down on top of the electrics when the machine took in water and I guess must have shorted out the solenoid, bringing the whole water delivery process to a halt. This created the mpression that the machine would fill up with water and go no further. I gave the whole area a good dry with a cloth. I also had to tilt the whole machine and allow the water that had, over the last few days acumulated inside, to drain out. 
When everything was dry, I put back the cover plate, plugged the machine in and turned the water on and tested with a rinse, then a number 3 wash another three times. Everything worked fine.
Please be very careful when working with machines like this. Electricity and water don't really mix. I advise if you are not qualified that you ask a suitably qualified person to do the job for you.
Good luck.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

My dishwasher leaks water after the final spin - not before

Posted on Dec 29, 2012


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Electrolux ESI 6180

I was shown how to clear your dishwasher and keep it running much longer. however, be careful when doing this. start with an empty dishwasher. pour 12 cups of cold water to the bottom area of tub and wearing latex, or rubber gloves, measre and por in exackly 2 cups of ammonia. let that solution sit there either all day, or overnight, at least a few hours, then run it through your machine, do not add anything else. do not do this with small children around. if you prefer buy the largest jug od vinegar (white) and pour it full strength into tub of your macine. let stand sevral hours, then put through a light or regulsr cycle. if you encountet that same problem empty, press drain cycle. retry usingrinse cycle instead. let me know if his resolnves your problem.

Nov 15, 2013 | Electrolux Dishwashers

1 Answer

My dishwasher (model # DU81ODWGU1) is leaking water and suds during the wash cycle. I ran out of dishwasher powder so I had used regular dish soap for this cycle. Did this cause the problem? My...

MOST DEFINITLY You can put regular dish washing liquid in a dishwasher will do that every time take a few washings to stop run 2-3 times empty it will stop.

May 06, 2011 | Whirlpool Dishwashers

1 Answer

No water enters the inside of the dishwasher and the motor makes a sound as if under strain. It was working perfectly and then sudenly started leaking from underneath. Could not locate the leak yet. Old...

it is leaking from the seal above the motor in the centre bottom of your machine also check the door seal they tend to leak on older machines as well

Dec 14, 2009 | Dishwashers

1 Answer

Our LG LDF7920st dishwasher (6 months old)makes a whistling noise

Hey, consider the float assembly!

We bought this dishwasher and ran it for the last 1 1/2 months and it made a grinding and whistling sound from day one (it's supposed to be nearly silent in its operation). Turns out the drain pump was cutting in while the machine was still filling, thereby emptying the wash tub of any water. Then, when the cycle proceeded to wash, the dumb thing had no water and made a horrible noise. So I had to pitch in at least 2-3 litres of hot water, and then it worked quietly! Had to do this every time there was new water intake.

After working with the repairmen - four visits later, we isolated the float assembly as the problem and they set about replacing the part. Turns out the two parts were markedly different. LG HAD INSTALLED an older model float assembly at the factory and it was the problem. The replacement part was the correct float assembly and things worked perfectly after that - thank goodness. No more babysitting the dishwasher.

Don't let anyone tell you the motor assembly needs replacement. I have seen that cop-out 'fix' all over the web. But use deductive reasoning to find out where the problem is in the cycle, and explore this option first - it's a quicker and cheaper fix than replacing the whole motor assembly.

'Mr. Float' as he is now called works like this:
-expels any residual water in the tub from the last wash
-intakes water for the wash or rinse
-whirs 2-3 times prepping for the cycle
-begins to wash, quietly
-expels at the end of the wash or rinse.

He used to:
-expel residual water
-intake new water for wash or rinse
---drain pump would cut in WHILE still filling
-machine would whir once, realize it didn't have enough water
-perform a brief top-up intake shot
-begin to wash and whistle and GRIND (this is where I would have to add the water)
-expels water from wash or rinse, and start all over again.

It's a good dishwasher and it will work, but the right model parts have to be in place!

Jun 27, 2009 | LG Dishwashers

1 Answer

Kenmore 74362

I had the same issue and you will never beleive the solution.
Steps to follow:
1) run one full cycle with no dishes or soap
2) run one full cycle with a dishwasher cleaner like Jetdry
3) run one full cycle with a gallon of white vinager
4) never put soap in the extra in and only fill the main soap bin half way.

should work fine from here on out, but never fill main bin more then half way when you do dishes. also run the hot water in the sink until the water is very hot before starting the dish washer.

Dec 19, 2008 | Dishwashers

4 Answers

Dishwasher leaves soap in dispenser.

Hi Dirty Dish gang.
After having 2 appliance repairmen here, I now have the latest scoop on our dishwasher problems, $200 later!
Los Angeles IS currently having hard water issues. Also, all the new cleaning gels etc. are actually a cause of our dishwasher problems.  
So, here is what we need to do:
1. Use Cascade POWDER detergent only.  Make sure is is just "plain" no "scented" or "complete"  or gel, etc. (I have tried a phosphate free powder and gel and this is a cause of our problem as well!) 2. Use Jet Dry in the dispenser (set it to a 2-3 opening) 3. Make sure water is at least 120 degrees 4. Only run dishwasher on "normal" setting.  All others just run it longer, hence causing more water stains. 5. Do not pre-wash dishes! You can knock of chunks with a "non" soapy brush, but don't rinse (the oils actually help to clean the dishes) 6.  Do not wash sponges in dishwasher.
Acid Wash: The repairman just gave my washer an Acid Wash today. It says it is an acid derived from lemon, I got mine from Carters appliance in Torrance, CA for about $19. I am to run a normal cycle with the above mentioned Cascade after this "acid cycle" is finished.
If you are still having problems:
Monthly maintenance: Glass Magic: Buy a box of Glass Magic (near the Cascade)  Use 1 Tbsb in main detergent compartment of dishwasher along with the Cascade, till washer starts working again. White Vinegar: You can run an empty dishwasher with white vinegar once a month.  Fill a bowl with 2 cups vinegar and place on bottom rack.  Then run as a normal cycle...this allows vinegar to disperse slowly.
So far it seems to be working.  Good luck.

Nov 07, 2008 | Kenmore 24 in. 16032 Built-in Dishwasher

1 Answer

ASKO 1605

Hi Guys
My dishwasher this morning has desided to not work correctly.
Its a ASKO 1302 about 20 years old. It has been a very good machine.
Over the last couple of weeks during the washing cycle, the dishwasher has been making a loader noise than usual.
1. Today, the dishwasher timer, travels all the way through its cycle, but very little washing take place.
2. Soap power is still there, plates not clean!!!!
3. Water is hot
4. At the end of the cycle, there is no water in the dishwasher.
5. I'm thinking the problem could be the pump needs replacing.
What do you think?

Sep 05, 2008 | Asko 1375 Dishwasher

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dishwashers Logo

Related Topics:

2,755 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dishwashers Experts

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

77932 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

16802 Answers

Are you a Dishwasher Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides