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Dishwasher not turning on

Common reasons your dishwasher not turning on

The most common reasons your dishwasher is not turning on are a defective electronic control board, damaged user interface control or a damaged power supply board.

  • 48%

    48% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 19%

    19% of the time it's the
    User Interface Control

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Power Supply Board

  • 23%

    23% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dishwasher repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dishwasher parts may fix your problem.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When your dishwasher doesn't start, it might be due to a faulty electronic control board. When the control board's internal memory and logic get corrupted, it can freeze up and prevent the control panel from powering up. Issues like a failed electronic relay or faulty electronic components on the circuit board can also cause the control board to malfunction. Diagnosing a defective control board can be challenging. It's best to have a Sears Home Services technician examine and fix your dishwasher if it fails to turn on.

    User Interface Control Replacement

    If your dishwasher isn't powering on, a damaged user interface control might be the culprit. This control connects to the electronic control board via a wire harness and sends signals to manage the dishwashing cycle. A faulty power key on the user interface control can hinder the dishwasher from starting up. Additionally, if a key on the user interface control gets stuck, it can halt the cycle, rendering the dishwasher inoperable until the damaged control is addressed. To resolve this issue, consider having a Sears Home Services Repair Expert inspect and replace the user interface control if necessary.

    Power Supply Board Replacement

    If your dishwasher isn't powering on, a damaged power supply board might be to blame. This board connects the power cord directly and sends power to the electronic control board to operate the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is unresponsive despite receiving power through the cord, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect the power supply board for damage and replace it if necessary.

    What to expect when you experience a dishwasher not turning on issue

    How to fix the dishwasher not turning on problem

    Addressing most issues where the dishwasher won't turn on typically requires replacing the electronic control board, user interface control, or power supply board. However, as various factors could contribute to the problem, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving it. An accurate diagnosis is necessary for determining the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services offers these recommendations for a dishwasher that is not turning on

    If your dishwasher isn't turning on, there could be several reasons why. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we suggest having a Sears Home Services expert conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact issue. Our technicians are skilled at diagnosing all kinds of dishwasher problems.

    What to watch for with a dishwasher not turning on diagnosis

    Understanding and diagnosing modern appliances without the right expertise can be challenging. Without employing accurate diagnostic methods, resolving issues with your dishwasher might involve replacing parts without certainty. Over the past decade, appliances have evolved significantly, with many models featuring intricate electronic components that are hard to assess. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming more complex as a result.

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    James called to give an estimated arrival time. He was professional and personable. He had 2 professional ideas of the problem and found 1 was correct, but he didn't stop there. He did a thorough check of the appliance. 1 small part was needed. He ordered the part to my house. Fortunately, he was able to schedule for the next week, just before Thanksgiving. As before, he called ahead, arrived and quickly fixed the problem. My appliance is working perfectly.

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    Luke was great. Polite and knowledgeable even though the dishwasher was older than he!

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