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Hi i dont know the model of the dishwasher.. but the controls are fairly staright forward... a little knob for temperatur control and an on/off button.. and a light that lights up green when dishwasher is switched on... now the problem is as happened recently, when you switch the washer on greenlight is on and washer can be heard doing something but after a minuit or so the washer stops and the green light flashes. open up the dishwasher no sign of water or that it has done anything at all... there is no blockages inside as dissasembled cand cleaned the drainers/filters. help with this would be great as can decide wether it is something i can fix myself or needs expert assistance

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It sounds like your washer is not getting enough water to start. If your washing machine is filling too slowly or not at all, then you probably have a clogged screen on the back of your washer. To check this:

  1. Turn off the water supplies(both hot and cold).
  2. Remove the hoses at the back of the washer. Check the screens for debris(i.e. rust, dirt, scale, etc.) The screens will be pushed into the back of the washer where the water enters the washer. Debris can come from a variety of places: #1 Deposits coming off the sides of your pipes.(Older homes) #2 Repairs done to your plumbing lines, or the cities lines.
  3. If these screens are clear of debris, I would then check the water flow out of the hoses. Take each hose with the end pointing into a bucket, and turn on the water to allow a full flow. This will also flush each line of debris.
  4. Reinstall the hoses and turn on the water supplies.
There could also be a number of reasons that there would not be full flow out of the supply lines: #1 Debris stopping up the line at the shut-off is one of the main causes.

If you have debris stopping up your screens and shut-offs, it will most likely stop up your aerators on your faucets, and your shower heads too. It is also suggested that you check these.

If you are getting debris in all these items, I would recommend that your lines get flushed. You can do this, but many times it is easier to have a plumber do this. If you do not know what you are doing, it can get very wet, and time consuming.

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