My ge nautilus portable dishwasher quit working. When I turned it on, the dial would not move through the cycles at all and the dishwasher just ran constantly untill I noticed the smell of burning plastic and shut it off. I didn't know it was the timer at first, and instead I replaced the melted drain solenoid. I had some trouble installing it and think I may have done it wrong. I plugged in the wires to it, and turned on the washer, but it still didn't change cycles.Again thinking it was the drain solenoid, I checked the wires again and realized I plugged it in backwards. After that, I tried it again and when the dial didn't turn, I turned it myself. It worked that way, so I ordered a timer and installed it.Now the cycles change as they should, but the dishes are still dirty and the soap it still all over them. The water doesn't come into the dishwasher with enough pressure to move the sprayer arms correctly.I think it is the solenoid. See, the water is draining slowly into the sink during the wash cycle. I don't think it should. I checked the solenoid again, and it is stuck halfway between open and closed.Frozen there. I don't understand what I did wrong for sure. I know I need another solenoid, but I want to know what I did wrong first so I don't repeat the mistake. Can't find a diagram of a properly installed drain slenoid, which would help alot.
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Re: dishwasher drain solenoid
Snoopy, first of all you did a good thing when you ordered the timer. I have got stung on this model by just changing the solenoid. The fact is the timer is stalling and sending too much voltage to the solenoid and burning it up. Just order the new solenoid and install it. The solenoid is a AC circuit so it doesn't matter which way the harness is on, you should be just fine with the new timer..Catriver..post back.
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Try manually adding water to the dishwasher. If it works then the water valve is just clogged. Sometimes it gets full of gunk and the machine will take in water but not enough to run properly. It is in the upside down cup shaped thing on the bottom left front. The other possibility is the Cam/Timer. It is in the door right behind the dial. This is the part that triggers all the different actions.
If when you add water it doesn't work then the valve or the solenoid on the pump assembly is likely done.
Remove the drain hose from under the sink to verify that there is no clog. If the dishwasher runs in the "cleaning" cycle, but won't drain, you either have a clog or a bad solenoid. All the solenoid does is opens a little door to change from cleaning cycle to drain cycle. This part is VERY EASY to change. Definitely a project for DIY. The part runs around $60 from a parts place. Check ebay if you do not need it immediately and you can save abt $30.
If this convert-able dishwasher is permanently installed, you will have to take off the lower access panel to get to the pump area. If it is still in a portable configuration, it may be easier to lay the dishwasher on it's back or side to do this. Now, examine the pump / motor assembly. There is not a separate water pump on this model. There is a diverter pump out solenoid which get's pulled down to direct the water out the drain hose for pump out, which is suppose to spring back out of the way to allow water to go up to the spray arms for washing. I suspect that the solenoid got to hot and the plunger will no longer slide in the solenoid. If this is the case, you can replace it with a WD21X802. If the arm and plunger move freely, check the spring, or for obstructions in the pump housing, or possibly the diverter arm in the pump housing has come loose from the shaft. The solenoid is the most likely.
This is a typical GE problem which I have seen many times...When a DW sets for a while not being used...the motor often freezes up....Take the front (lower panel off....find the motor assembly...(with the DW unplugged!!...very important)reach in with you hand or a screw driver...preferably your hand...at the back of the motor...there should be a impeller blade...you should be able to reach in with a finger and pull it down..it may be resistant so find a way to hold it in place as you reach up to the next impller blade and pull down further...finally it will all of a sudden free up....after which you plug it back in and start it up...I am also including a step by step (no drain problem check list as you may run into an issue like this if it has not been operated for a while ....notice article # 5).
1. Air gap / Drain hoses
If there is an air gap (located in the sink, near the faucet), check to
see if it is clogged. Unscrew the top cap and see if there is anything
blocking inside. Note: If there is no air gap installed, the dishwasher
might not drain properly.
If the drain hose is clogged, the dishwasher would not drain. If there
is an air gap installed, it is very common that a hose going from the
air gap into the garbage disposer is clogged. Remove and clean the
hose. Make sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher.
Note: If you recently had a garbage disposer installed, it is common to overlook removing the drain plug.
2. Broken belt
Some dishwasher models use a belt to drive the pump. Replace the belt if found broken.
Note: Sometimes the belt would just come off the pump. Even though it
might not be broken, it is recommended that you replace the belt,
because it is probably too stretched out.
Some models have two impellers inside the pump - one, wash impeller,
takes care of the wash cycles, the other, drain impeller, drains the
water out. If the drain impeller is broken (broken blades, shaft), the
dishwasher would not drain. Replace any broken pump components.
4. Drain solenoid
Some models (for example most GE dishwashers) use a drain solenoid to
drain water out. Sometimes the solenoid gets stuck, preventing the
water from draining out. Try to free up the solenoid. If unsuccessful,
you might have to replace the pump assembly.
If the motor is stuck, it is sometimes possible to free it up by manually spinning the motor.
Replace the motor if defective.
Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).
I hope this helps...it is always useful to include the Model #...more specific instructions can then be provided
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