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Dishwasher drains continuously

Drain pump on my dishwasher stays on all the time. The filter is clean now and when I pourclean water into the machine it gets pumped out OK. The bottom of thedishwasher is dry now. I checked the little float switch attached to apiece of foam and it seems to be working OK.

Dishwasher is an ASF645 Arthur Martin Electrolux. The model number is 911232112 according to info from the sticker on the inside of the door. It's a european machine.

This started happening after an incident when the filter was clogged upat the end of a wash cycle. I cleaned the filter but now the drain pumpstill stays on all the time.

When I switch on the machine for a wash cycle the programmer doesn'tadvance any further than the initial drain part of the cycle. If Iforce the program dial on by hand the drain pump goes off but the restof the wash cycle doesn't start (i.e. the dishwasher does nothing atall).

Any ideas what the problem could be?

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I dismantled and checked various parts of the dishwasher and everything seemed to be working. I noticed with a phase tester that the pressostat never got any voltage. This led me to check the microswitch on the door which turned out to be broken (never making any connection). This is the microswitch that turns off the dishwasher when someone opens the door.

So an unusual problem - two faults at the same time i.e. clogged and overflowing drain and broken door switch!

I ordered and fitted a new door switch and now the machine is working fine again.

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