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My Dishwasher Won't Start

It was a great party. The food was delicious (if you do say so yourself) and a few of the guests even helped you clean up. But when you went to turn on the dishwasher, nothing happened. You pushed the button again and no swishing water sound could be heard. No worries. Repair Clinic is here to help with the troubleshooting guide you need and the DIY repair help you deserve. Maybe your dishwasher isn't starting due to a faulty door latch or thermal switch. It could also be the timer or electronic control. Regardless of the reason, Repair Clinic is here to help with our troubleshooting guide. We also have replacement parts and repair videos that help you every step on your DIY journey and we think that's something to celebrate.
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Common solutions for: Dishwasher won't start
Solution 1:
Door Switch
The door switch prevents the dishwasher from running while the door is open. If the door switch is defective, the switch will prevent the dishwasher from running even when the door is closed. To deter...mine if the door switch is at fault, use a multimeter to test the switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it.
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Dishwasher Door Switch
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Solution 2:
Thermal Fuse
The thermal fuse shuts off power to the dishwasher if it overheats. If the thermal fuse blows, it will prevent the dishwasher from starting. To determine if the thermal fuse is defective, use a multim...eter to test the fuse for continuity. If the thermal fuse does not have continuity, replace it.
Required Part
Dishwasher Thermal Fuse
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Solution 3:
Door Latch
The door latch ensures that the dishwasher door latches shut. If the door does not latch properly, the door switch might prevent the dishwasher from running. If the door latch is broken, replace it....
Required Part
Dishwasher Door Latch
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Solution 4:
Main Control Board
The main control board provides power to nearly every component of the dishwasher. If there is a problem with the main control board, it might not send voltage to the dishwasher, causing the dishwashe...r not to start. Control boards are often misdiagnosed—make sure you check more commonly defective parts before replacing the main control board.
Required Part
Dishwasher Main Control Board
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Solution 5:
Touchpad
To determine if the touchpad is at fault, try pressing various buttons on the touchpad. If some of the buttons don’t respond, the touchpad might be defective. If the touchpad isn’t working properly, r...eplace it. (Some manufacturers sell the touchpad separately from the control panel. Other manufacturers require that you purchase the touchpad and control panel together. If you cannot replace the touchpad individually, replace the touchpad and control panel.)
Required Part
Dishwasher Touchpad
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Solution 6:
Touchpad and Control Panel
To determine if the touchpad is at fault, try pressing various buttons on the touchpad. If some of the buttons don’t respond, the touchpad might be defective. (Some manufacturers sell the touchpad sep...arately from the control panel. Other manufacturers require that you purchase the touchpad and control panel together. If you cannot replace the touchpad individually, replace the touchpad and control panel.)
Required Part
Dishwasher Touchpad and Control Panel
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Solution 7:
Timer
The timer allows power to flow to the proper parts at the proper times. If the timer isn’t working properly, it might not send voltage to the dishwasher, causing it not to start. Timers are often misd...iagnosed—make sure you check more commonly defective parts before replacing the timer.
Required Part
Dishwasher Timer
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