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Dishwasher stuck on "drain"

My neff 5543 fitted dishwasher has stuck on drain. The pump will not stop running, even if I open the door, or re-set the programme. The only way to stop the pump is to turn the whole thing off. Any ideas what's wrong? Is it easy to fix? Thanks in advance Neil in MK

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Not easy to fix - it has a leak. the tray at the base is full of water which ooperates a float which switches drain pump on. remove front panel at bottom front and mop out water or tilt backwards 45deg and water will run out. leak is usually main pump

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