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KitchenAid Dishwasher has a burning smell

Common solutions for: KitchenAid Dishwasher has a burning smell

01 - Heating Element
The heating element may be shorted, causing a burning smell. In most cases when the element shorts out, it will have blisters or raised sections on it; in other cases a shorted element will break in half. To determine if the heating element has burned out, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the heating element does not have continuity, replace it.
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Dishwasher Heating Element
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02 - Control Board
The control board provides power to the various components of the dishwasher. If the control board receives a power surge, or a component fails, the control board can short-out causing a burning smell. Inspect the control board for burn marks. A burnt control board will need to be replaced.
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Dishwasher Control Board
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03 - Power Cord
If the power connections in the junction box are not secure the wire can overheat, melting the coating on the wires. Check to ensure the connections are tight and not burnt. If the connectors are burnt the wires will have to be cut and reconnected securely.
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Dishwasher Power Cord
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