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Won't start after repair

I recently replaced the tub gasket and the heating element in this KUDM01TJWH1 Kitchenaid dishwasher with parts I bought online. The new heating element required that I replace the control board, which I did. It worked fine for one load, but quit in the middle of the rinse cycle of the second load. No lights on the panel, unresponsive to the switch panel. There's power to the dishwasher, and pushing the door switch doesn't start it. I'm an electronic technician and have a full set of tools and a test meter, so I can try pretty much anything to get it fixed. I'm out $100 for new parts and shipping, and I'd like to get it going again if I can.

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  • keyisthekey Aug 27, 2007

    The problem turned out to be the thermal fuse. It opened up during the rinse and dry portion of the second cycle I ran after replacing the control board and heating element. Along with the control board came a very cryptic information sheet indicating that the new heating element puts out more heat in air than the old one did. I'm hoping the replacement thermal fuse I ordered will solve the problem. The unit that opened up was rated to melt at 98 Degrees C, which is just a little under boiling. I'm assuming two things: 1) that the new element creates a temperature greater than 98C, and 2) that Kitchenaid (now Whirlpool), who substituted the heating element and changed the control board, know this and will be replacing the thermal fuse with one designed to work in the dishwasher with the new heating element installed. Otherwise, I'm going to have to disconnect the heating element, or wire a diode in series with it to reduce the temperature.

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SUGGEST YOU PULL OUT PLUG THEN OPEN DOOR UNSCREW TOP SECTION OF PANEL TO GAIN ACCESS TO DOOR LIMIT. CAREFULLY BRIDGE BOTH WIRES OUT AND ALSO WITH WATER SWITCHED OFF, SWITCH POWER BACK ON. IF NOTHING STILL, CHECK POWER TO DOOR LIMIT. IF THERE IS POWER, EITHER THERE IS A LOOSE WIRING CONNECTION ON THE BOARD OR IT HAS AGAIN GONE FAULTY.

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