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Washer wants to start at the Wash portion of the cycle, not the Fill portion

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Hi this is a bad pressure switch, it is located in the control panel behind the knobs, its the switch that changes the water level, sometimes you can switch it back in forth real fast from small to large size load and it will start working. But it will eventually need replaced, that part usually runs around $30-50.00.



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SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

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