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Brand new beko DE 2542 PW dishwasher won't start wash cycle

Brand new beko DE 2542 PW dishwasher, filled up with rinse aid & salt but even though the wash light is on it only makes a noise for a little while and then doesn't actually do anything.
Makes the same noise every couple of minutes or so but still does nothing.

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Hello,
It sounds as if the d/washer is pressurising due to a blocked outlet drain hose.


Make sure that the drain for the dishwasher is actually clear take hose out of the drain outlet.On some of the Beko dishwashers they put a plug up inside the drain hose which has to be removed before use or if it is a new installation and it is draining into a "U" bend on a sink check that the little spigot that the hose is onto is actually open.They come from the plumbers merchants blanked if blanked then you have to cut the end off to suit size of hose.I hope this has helped.

Good Luck.

Posted on May 09, 2010

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    johigginson Jan 24, 2012

    Thanks sooooooo much this is the second Beko we have installed nowhere does it say in the instructions there maybe a black plug, several calls to Beko and a replacement dishwasher with what appears to be the same issue and 30 mins on here and you have sorted it! thanks again a very happy camper am I =)

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For the record, that seems to be a Zanussi DE-6854 dishwasher, and I found the manual here: (link)


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