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In our church one of our dishwashers is a model WM5H. Sometimes it will work fine. Other times the light never comes on. I have had two service calls and it works fine while they are there.

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The door switch, by door hinge, resets the timer for the next cycle. The door needs to stay open for about 8 seconds to complete the reset.

There is also a switch inside the door at the handle. This can cause a similar syptom. (The light cycles, but the unit won't start)

If the door switchs are working proper, you may need a new timer.


Posted on May 02, 2008

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    Also, there is a wiring harness in the door that goes out the bottom of it. The wires tend to get worn and cut in this area.



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