Question about Smeg 24 in. STX1-1 Free-standing Dishwasher
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I have an E3 error
E3 means that there is a problem with the heating system. The problem is either heating element or thermostat. The heating element in SMEG dishwashers is usually located underneath the appliance (in some model is at one side or at the back). Access is gained removing the front inspection panel at the bottom and the right hand side panel. Check at the bottom and see if the heating element is there. Check near to the heating element and locate also the thermostat, connected in line with the heating element. If the thermostat is not at the bottom, then it is inside the door, clipped near to the dispenser.
Before replacing parts test both heating element and thermostat.
Both parts are tested reading Ohms. Set the Multimeter on Impedance (any R scale).
Remove thermostat and element from circuit and read impedance touching each part contacts with multimeter probes. If the element reads infinity of Ohms (open, same as on air), then the part must be replaced. A good element will read a value different from infinity (SMEG is usually 30/40 Ohms).
The thermostat is tested in a similar way. A good thermostat will read zero or a couple of Ohms at room and will open when water is hot. Usually is only necessary to test the thermostat at room, testing in hot water is more complex. If the thermostat is open at room temperature, replace the thermostat (at room it must read zero or a couple of Ohms). If the thermostat does not open in hot water, replace the thermostat.
If thermostat and element are OK, inspect the control board.
Posted on May 03, 2011
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