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  • mark_neal Apr 10, 2011

    it is a westinghouse sb 916 i have the front and bottom off but cannot find the element to check it

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Hello,

Welcome to FixYa.

Can you possibly provide a model number of the dishwasher you are inquiring about. Perhaps you can also confirm it is indeed a Westinghouse as well.

If it is not heating the water, the number one thing to check would be the element, wires going to it and ultimately the thermostat.

**Be sure the power is off or the unit is unplugged before attempting any service...safety first**

Let me know if any of these things have been check at this point. I'll watch for your reply post. Good luck.

Regards,

Macmarkus :)

Posted on Apr 10, 2011

  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Apr 10, 2011

    Hello Mark,



    Thank you for replying and providing the model number. From what I can gather that is a unit built in Australlia I believe ( or somwhere in the South Pacific ) and as such I really am not that familiar with them.



    I am a qualified appliance technician in Canada and I do service some European equipment imported here and did work on Regency, Vulcan, and the like years ago from New Zealand ( I think) , but am not familiar with your model as I said. Westinghouse over here is built by Frigidaire/Electrolux, a completely different bird than that one.



    If you'd like to simply decline my assistance without rating my solution I would appreciate it, as that way it will not affect my ratings but yet your inquiry will be placed back in the que for assistance from another expert more familiar with your machine.



    Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance, but I hope you can appreciate me not trying to "pretend" to know.



    Thank you for choosing FixYa all the same. I am confident another expert here can help you since we are a global community nowadays. Good luck.



    Regards,



    Macmarkus :)

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