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When this happens, you might have a logical problem in the control module of the dishwasher, the part that programs what the motor does at any given time, circulate or drain.

If it is an older 1970s or 1980s dishwasher, it has a mechanical program.
Newer 1990s to 2000 and beyond dishwashers are more electronic in nature, eliminating mechanical breakdown of the program.

However, the motor, if it is still running and does not leak, is probably ok.

You did not mention the model number for more specific information.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010

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  • Susan Jul 19, 2010

    The model PDW7980P00ss

  • Susan Jul 19, 2010

    Duane is there an air gap in this model? The manual said there might be one

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 19, 2010

    OK, apparently this is a newer microprocessor controlled dishwasher, but under the Troubleshooting section of geappliances.com they did not have it listed.



    However, here is the site I was looking at where you can input the model # of your GE appliance:



    http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_...



  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 19, 2010

    air gap- do you mean the clearance must be 2" or greater between the sides and cabinet?

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 19, 2010

    This GE model dishwasher does have a manual that I downloaded and read for installation and operation.



  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 19, 2010

    https://www.geapplianceparts.com/GEAppli...



    The module control assembly costs $116.50 and is located in the door.



    This is the problem or the motor pump assembly is the problem if it leaks or doesn't wash at all and doesn't drain.



    Or, it could be the wiring in between the module control assembly and the motor pump assembly.



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