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Hi In the middle of a wash cycle, my dishwasher tripped the circuit breaker on the wall. I diagnosed this by unpluggin dishwasher, plugging in a different appliance and switching circuit breaker back on. new appliance worked OK. When dishwasher had cooled, I tried it again on same circuit (which I knew was working properly). The lights came on for about three seconds, and then the circuit breaker cut back in again, so I knew it was the dishwasher that was causing the problem. Is there anything I can do - I'm not a bad handyman - or is it a job for the technician? Thanks for your reply. Ray

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  • ray_cooke Oct 13, 2010

    Dear Heatman

    Thanks for your advice. Sort of confirms what I thought but I needed some confirmation like yours to put me right. As the machine is already 7 years old, I might just bin it and buy another. Like you said, if I call a guy out to it, he might just want to change parts on it and that ain't worth it.

    Best regards

    Ray

  • ray_cooke Oct 18, 2010

    Thanks. This sounds really plausible. The same sort of thing happened to me once with an electric chain saw. I fixed it myself by chopping off a bit of burnt wire at the place where it goes into the housing of the saw.

    Best regards

    Ray

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Ck the connections where the cord hooks to the wiring harness. look for hot or shorted wiring . also ck the contro panel for the same . generaly if you have a power draw like you are saying then you can see the problem . mm

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Hi Ray,
Because the circuit will noly stay on for a few seconds the tracing down of the problem could be difficult. Can you tell if the breaker trips if it sounds like power was applied to the motor or did it just buzz and tripp???
If it sounded like the motor tried to start then I would guess it is a motor problem...if it just buzzed and tripped then a wire maybe rubbed through...
Often times the best way to track down the problem is with an OHM meter...tracing the circuits till you find the one that is causing the problem...this can be tedious and time consuming...

If you are comfortable with that type of troubleshooting...go for it...if not then calla tech. in to troubleshoot it, but make sure that he has done that before and is not just a parts changer...that can get very expensive...

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