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Question DetailsAsked on 1/3/2015

Has anyone heard of a dishwasher just not starting up. Fuses are fine, It just won't do anything

Dishwasher is 9 years old and has worked perfectly until now. It is a whirlpool and has a soft plastic top front with the cycle buttons etc. None of these make the dishwasher do anything.

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It is real common for touch-panels on dishwashers to get wet from condensation from the steam, and of course the panel is right where the steam escapes or is vented from the unit - lousy designs in the first place. Of course, for a 9 year old unit a lot of other things could have failed, too.

First off, unplug it (plug is usually under sink) and plug in another device (table light, work light, fan, hair dryer, clock or whatever that you KNOW works, just to be sure it is not the circuit or outlet gone bad. If the outlet is good, then --

Leave dishwasher unplugged for 5 minutes (since it is undoubtedly electronic if is has a touch panel) to reset the circuit board components. Then try it on pumpout cycle - if that works, then try a cycle from start. Try different cycles - might just be button issues, not the overall machine.

Ifstill dead, you have a tough choice unless a high-end machine, because you are probably talking $75-125 just to have it diagnozed, then likely another $50-100 minium labor when the repairman comes back to put in the part after it comes in - plus unknown amount for the part, but can be $50-100 pretty easily if a shot panel or board. So, you could be into it for $150-350 for a repair of a 9 year old unit, which is pretty much at or nearing its expected life - when a normal new 24" dishwasher runs $400-600 installed for general line units (without water preheating or steam).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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