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Burning smell from Dishwasher

Our Zanussi DW915 Dishwasher started to have a burning smell around 6 weeks ago which seemed to be coming for the element as the smell was very strong when the door is opened. There also seems to be a lot of heat being generated which you can feel as soon as the door is opened.

The Dishwasher was still finishing its cycle until recently and now what happens is the main eccentric fuse switch is tripping around half way through the wash.

My first thoughts are that there may be an issue with a thermostat because of the heat that is being generated and released when the door is opened. Could this be the issue and if it is then could we also have damaged the element as it has gone a little black around the area where the element enters/exits the inside of the dishwasher.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Stephen

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SOURCE: Dishwasher Kenmore Ultrawash

One possibility is that the screen/filter to the wash units have become totally clogged. (I had this problem because of some particularly dirty water in the dishwasher.) To access the screen requires taking out the cover at the base of the dishwasher arm assemble which can be done without removing the machine, although you'll need a special screw spline screw driver. Given this the repair takes jsut five or ten minutes. Remove the screen clean it out in the sink and replace.

Posted on Feb 10, 2008

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SOURCE: smell of burning

The Element is shorting out, tripping the rcd. replace the element, thermostat,and any cut outs that are in the element cricuit. The element should not be glowing which means the stat is shot and the safety cutout for the element is shot also, while you`re at it check out the circuit board for dry joints, discoloured resisters, bulging capacitors etc.

This is VERY dangerous situation, as the machine has the potential to set your house alight and burn it down!. If you continue to use it in it`s current condition you may well damage other componants - rendering the machine B.E.R - Beyond Economical Repair. I will will advise You to never to leave this machine unattended, do not go out after turning it on and have a nice afternoon in the park etc, you may well come home to a pile of ashes!

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Dishwasher does not wash

my problem is the motor hummms for a minute or so and turns off. Could this be the capacitor? how do you test a capacitor?

herb

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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SOURCE: Smeg dishwasher tripping out fuseboard

Has the door got any heavier, as mine started tripping the electrics when a spring broke and short circuited the connections.
f so you will have to get the spring out, from the underneath is best and replace it if you want the door to work correctly again. On mine the second one went a month later.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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SOURCE: KitchenAid Dishwasher Door Pops open during cycle

The problem seems to be the loosening of the screws that hold the interior stainless steel skin to the door frame--not the latch.

With the door in the open position you should find a total of twelve screws (5 on each side and 2 on top at each side of the latch). The screws have a particular type of head which may require a trip to the hardware (its a $1,000 dishwasher take the time to get the right screwdriver). They are called TORX screws the size on my dishwasher was a T 15. These type of screw heads were designed to fit automated torque drivers at the factory that set the screws to the proper tension. So some care should be given when you retighten them. Turn until the screw is snug and there no movement of the inner door skin but don't over tighten. Giving it that extra 1/4 turn can be enough to strip the screw out and create a bigger problem.

Yes--you shouldn't have to be doing this to a KitchenAid appliance that cost this much--but I suspect that this will become a feature of periodic maintenance. The heating and cooling generates enough movement that overtime these screws work themselves out. My wife who was the once to make the right diagnosis noticed that the screws at the bottom were almost entirely out.

Posted on May 07, 2009

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