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I have a kitchen aid dishwasher. Model KUDA03CTBS3. The unit shuts off before the second wash cycle begins. It does not complete the wash cycle. We replaced the control board already.

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Hello, Welcome to FixYa.

Sorry to hear about your on-going trouble. I would like to start by asking you a question in regards to this problem.

When you state, "The unit shuts off before the second wash cycle begins" and "It does not complete the wash cycle", does the display completely go dead or continue to have L.E.D.`s illuminated and just flashing a clean light or anything of that nature ?

Another question which may seem insignificant...but it isn`t, are you in a rural area or a city/urban dwelling ?

This is what I would be looking for if on site, two things actually.

**turn off the power at the breaker before attempting any first :o) **

1) the door switch ( there are actually two ) not seating firmly causing the unit to stop intermittently. This is located inside the console next to the control you stated has been replaced. If you are comfortable and knowledgable with electronics, jumper them out and try a test. ( If not, call a pro )

2) the main line/power connection in the junction box under the dishwasher to the left having loose murrets/wire connectors, when it heats up due to "resistance from the amperage/current" the connection becomes so loose it quits. ( too much voltage lost )

I`ll watch for your reply and see what you find. There are other possibilities, always. However, these are the most common for the issue you`re having.

Good luck.

macmarkus :)

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Jul 14, 2010

    CORRECTION : I said "junction box under the dishwasher to the left" when in reality it is to your right...from the front anyway. :P

    Sorry, long day ( that`s my story ) ha ha !

    macmarkus :)

  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Jul 14, 2010

    I should add another common occurence with those kitchen-aid dishwasher is related to the door that had totally slipped my mind earlier. During a wash cycle the door can actually get "pushed" open by the wash pressure even just slighlty, hence causing the unit to halt. It is not because of weak springs or hinges or any of those things I've heard being blamed but rather the metal latch that is fastened to the top of the's flawed/too weak. Replacing it is the only way to remedy the issue to this point according to Whirlpool ( that's who makes them ) but not me. Some have tried bending it down slightly, but that is only a temporary solution. There is also a way using a piece of coat-hanger I use to strengthen the latch ( creating greater downward force ) which makes it harder to open, but prevents it from stopping mid-cycle as well...which is usually a welcome trade off.

    macmarkus :)

  • Greg Smith Jul 14, 2010

    Yes the unit goes dead in the middle of the wash cycle. No lights on the keyboard.

  • Greg Smith Jul 14, 2010

    Don't know for sure its the door latch. What we have to do in order to get this unit to come back on is to unplug the control board completely and plug everything back in. We jump out door switch with no luck.

  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Jul 14, 2010

    OK, Based on that info its safe to rule out the switches, the display wouldn`t go completely dead if it was a door opening/switch problem.

    Have you checked the power to the unit at the junction box ? Inspect it thoroughly by physically removing the wire connectors/murrets to inspect the connections for signs of heat or resistance burns.

    The other possible cause could be a severed wire inside the door going to the control. They are prone to getting cut right at the point of bending from the open and closing action...even with the protective covers in place.

    Those are a couple of things I would be looking into, I just don`t see it being a control problem since you`ve stated it`s newly installed.

    Let me know what yoiu find.

    macmarkus :)


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