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Won't start-start/reset ligt not on

Ge profile dishwasher won't start-start/reset light not on when door is closed and latched

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  • ed9857 Feb 07, 2010

    Thank you for such a detailed answer. I will follow it step-by-step tommorow. I will let you know if it corrects my problem.



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Ok well ive noticed your question has been sitting in the expert forum for a while without response so I figured I would give this a shot for you. You will need voltmeter to complete the following steps. The very first thing that you will want to check is for 120v coming into the unit. To do so remove the bottom access panel and in the right hand side you will need see a small box. This is where your wiring to the dishwasher will be located. Remove the screw and take the panel off. You will have two wires that will be wire nutted together and a ground wire (green) screwed into the frame. Take your voltmeter and set it to AC current and stick your meter leads into the wire nuts if the meter reads 120v then you know you have proper power to the unit. If you dont have 120v then check your breaker/wall switches.

If you have 120v into the unit the next step would be to tug on all of your wires entering the door panel from the bottom of the dishwasher as these wires sometimes will get cut from rubbing on the sharp metal from the bottom of the panel. If you dont feel anything loose then you can move your way up.

I cannot pull up a good image of your specific model but am assuming you will have some type of micro switch assy to send power through to the control board when the latch is closed. At this point you will need to kill power to the unit. Open the door and remove the screws to separate the door. Set your meter to OHMs and remove one wire from the micro switch (you will have to manually activate it with a Flathead screwdriver and check for continuity through it) If you have continuity then the switch is good.

The next step would require fairly good schematic skills as you would need to check for 120v into the main control board. This would be your last step however you will want to be sure that it is a bad control board before you replace it because its about a 70 dollar part. Also check to make sure your ribbon cable is securely attached to the control board that feeds the touch pad.

Hope this helps _MJ_

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Thanks for using FixYa. This issue can be either due to a faulty door latch or door lock switch which is not engaging itself. And, if the door latch will not engage the dishwasher will sense it as open door and will not start the cycle. You’ll need to get access to the fill valve by removing left panel, look at back to see where valve is when you get to it remove one of the wires and set meter to ohms setting and put a lead on each tag on valve. The reading you should be about 3.6k ohm if you don’t get a reading then the valve is at fault. I'll also suggest you to check the detergent dispenser solenoid for this issue. Remove the door panel and see if there is a round item at the dispenser assembly with two wires attached to it. Put the dishwasher into a cycle and when the noise appears, gently press on the solenoid to see if that is where the noise is coming from. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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    Rylee Smith Feb 07, 2010

    Have you been able to resolve the issue. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.



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