Appliances in the home have become a part of our daily routine. Especially those that are used in the kitchen such as the dishwasher, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and others. We hate to picture a day without these modern conveniences. Just picture life if the dishwasher won’t start. Who is going to wash all of those dishes? When the dishwasher won’t start, the first instinct is to call for a repairman. However, while that is a good option, it’s not always affordable. There are some easy measures that you can try on your own first to ensure that it’s not something major. Follow these easy steps to try these first and save some money on your repairs.
When the repairman visits the house to make repairs or service your dishwasher, you’re going to pay for that housecall as well as for parts and service. If you’re considering dishwasher repair on your own, here are some steps to try before you call for backup.
Sometimes it’s as simple as a faulty door latch. All you have to do is check to see if that is the issue. If the assembly isn’t lining up properly it can prevent the door from securely latching and thus it won’t start. Simply adjust this and the dishwasher should start simply. Always check too to ensure that it’s not a dish or a handle in the way. Check for silverware that may be blocking the door latch as well.
You may have to remove the screws to adjust the assembly so that the door will properly shut. The assembly will have two switches designed to improve the safety of the dishwasher. If the switches are activated when the door is shut then it should be working properly. However, if not, then you’ll need to use a multi-meter and check it.
If the assembly works properly, then you can check the electronic controls. The timer will use electrical contacts driven by a small motor. Check this with a multi-meter to see if the connections are meeting. You may have to use a schematic diagram to see all of the fine details of the contacts and inlet valves.
This allows users to select the cycle for the dishwasher. If this switch isn’t fully depressed it won’t start. If it’s not depressing check to ensure that it’s reaching the right connections. The switch is on the main control panel. You may have to remove the doors panel to gain access to this switch. Ensure that you unplug and remove the power supply first to prevent any electrocutions.
Motor Start Relay
This is a part of the pump motor that powers the motor. If the machine won’t start check to ensure that the controls are receiving power. If not, it could be a poor connection or it could have to do with the circuitry. This could indicate a relay of the motor is defective and you’ll have to replace it. Follow the wiring diagram and the multi-meter to ensure that you’re tracing it out correctly. Always ensure that the contacts are meeting properly and gaining a complete continuity of the electrical charge. Double-check the switch contact and the coil portion to show that they are in continuity if it still won’t start.
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