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Water has not drained completely away. Scummy residue left behind. Now machine won't respond to 'light wash' command. It's a free standing Ultraquiet 111. I don't know how to clean it. Help...please

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  • hrcuff Aug 26, 2010

    thank you. I have mopped out the very small amount of water remaining.


    However, machine not responding to command. No lights, nothing. I've checked plug and circuit breaker, both OK. To do anything re. your suggestion is beyond me ( old widow)
    Do I ask an electrician or a plumber..........when do I give up and get new appliance?

  • hrcuff Aug 28, 2010

    thank you silver dragon. Sadly the DIY is not an option...but appreciate the help. Now I must find a hands on expert and your diagram will be useful.
    cheers

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Hi, well the ONLY reason that a machine will NOT drain away, is either the Pump, is faulty, there is a blockage in the outlet Pipe, or a blockage in the internal pipes. You will have to either DIY or call a professional.
If you DO wish to DIY I include an exploded diagram so you can see how it all goes together and what hoses are where. You gain access via the Inspection panel

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Below is your service manual, for your series.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=2936.0

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You will have to empty the dishwasher before you can do anything further. Use a small container and empty whatever you can and then use towels to scrub out the rest.

The problem you may be having is that of a back flow from the kitchen sink. The likely cause is a blocked kitchen drain or if you use an insinkerator then it may be full.

Please post a comment confirming my observation above then we can proceed to next stage. Also note down which lights if any are lit up on the panel when you press light wash. When you say does not respond - I am assuming nothing turns on in the dishwasher.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

  • Sam Aug 28, 2010

    Sorry to hear that you have had no luck with your dishwasher.

    If you say there is nothing happening when you press the buttons - and the lights are all off then you have a possibly a complex problem inside the dishwasher.



    A new dishwasher will set you back atleast $600 - so you will have to check this against getting a technician to have a look - most likely the controller power is gone and this is usually linked to a thermal fuse blowing up. The thermal fuse protects the dishwasher from overheating. Overheating can occur if the heater is faulty or the thermostat that checks the heater temperature is faulty.



    Whatever it is will require some testing and parts replacement.



    Not an easy choice. Sorry cannot help much unless you are able to test a few things by opening the dishwasher.



    Let me know if you still want further help form me on this.

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