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The light `heated, dry` is on because i used the wrong soap, what should I do? thanks

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  • abbiagi May 04, 2010

    Hi.
    I appreciate your answer but unfortunately my dishwasher is built in so I can not work under it.
    Do you think this could stop alone if I wait until tomorrow morning?
    Should I turn the energy supply for the machine off?
    Please let me know what to do.
    Thank you very much,
    Antonio


  • abbiagi May 04, 2010

    The machine continue to work, probably trying to digest the soap so it
    makes some noise. You still think that is better to turn the energy
    supply off?



    The machine is not mine so I really feel bad to have put the wrong
    soap, i count on you to lead the situation to a happy ending.



    Let me know if there is anything else I can do.



    Have a good evening

    xx thanks,

    Antonio

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Hi,

The issue is most likely a full overflow trap which pushes up a toilet-style float and trips a small switch. This effectively freezes the dishwasher in "drain" cycle and for whatever reason puts the panel on Heated Dry. Caused by too much soap or accidental or accumulated inclusion of regular or hand soap (from dishes w/ soap in them in the sink).

Taking off the toe kick and removing a couple panels under the dishwasher lets you barely see the tiny tray that was the culprit, and you can sneak paper towels into one edge of it to dry it out and return it to service.

If you try this you will need to turn the circuit breaker off or unplug the dishwasher first. There are about 15 total screws to remove. It is a bit difficult if you have not worked under a dishwasher before.

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  • Philip May 04, 2010

    Hi Antonio,

    Once the suds are gone it will clear out. It may be okay by morning but depending on how bad the suds were it may take a day or two.

    But it will eventually clear itself if left alone.


  • Philip May 04, 2010

    Yes, it would be best to turn the power off to the dishwasher.

  • Philip May 04, 2010

    Yes, it will be fine, the noise you are hearing is the drain pump running, the suds from the wrong soap has fooled the machine into thinking there is a water leak, so turning off the power will be the best thing so the drain pump does not run all night.

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