Our dishwasher is having a problem where it is not filling up with
water. Since I haven't had time to try to troubleshoot we called a GE
He came out and said that the problem was the timer. I'm not sure I
believe this is the problem though. None of the troubleshooting sites
mention to check the timer for this type of problem. Also - since the
soap is properly released in the cycle I'm thinking the timer is fine.
Am I correct in my thinking?
The guy wanted almost $200 to do the repair. For that price I'd rather
just buy a new washer.
My options at this point are:
Believe this guy and replace the timer myself (for about $50).
Find the time to trouble shoot the float switch and all the other
components that could lead to the filling problem.
Buy a new washer.
I just hate to buy the timer only to find out that it was not the
Does "not filling" mean not letting any water in or not enough water?
Is the problem just on the initial fill-wash cycle or does it recur
during the other fill-2nd wash, fill-rinse, etc. cycles? If the
problem is on all cycles, the timer is likely OK.
If it's just not enough water, check the mesh filter where the hot water
hose connects to the fill valve - may just be totally gunked up. Ditto,
the float switch.
If no water comes in, check the fill valve. Should be getting 120volts
during the fill cycle. If it has voltage but no water, the valve is bad.
The water height is limited by a float switch on the water inlet. Check
that it is free to move up and down. The timer might be bad -- are
there other symptoms like a short rinse? Can you take apart the timer
and lubricate the parts so it works smoothly?
NB: In our dishwasher soap is released by a magnet latch. It depends
on the Curie effect -- some materials lose their magnetism above a
I had one that did this, I dumped a quart of white vinegar in it. NO SOAP
and let it run through a cycle. Cleaned the scum and left overs from the
water float on the bottom. My problem was the dishwasher was so far away
from the water heater I was basically using cold water. I ran the faucet
from them on till the water was warm, then ran the dw.
Just another thought from the outfield.
I had a similar problem. After checking several
possibilities, I decided it must be the water supply line
being blocked by calcium, iron or other contaminant. When I
removed the water line from the shutoff valve under the
sink, a screw head fell out. It was from the screw holding
the washer in the shutoff valve. It must have been in such a
position as to just reducing water flow a bit. I repaired
the valve and all has been fine for about six years.
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