I have a three year old Kitchenaid dishwasher, and it is at best a mediocre
product, but that is beside the point.
The dishwasher went dead tonight in the middle of it's dry cycle. No power, no
loghts, no nothing. A pulled the thermal fuse plug, and ohmed it out-infinite
ohms-it is open.
So, is it just a fuse, or do I have long term issues that require a repair man?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks, and have anice day,
Not so fast there! This help is not the best news you could
be hoping for, but here it is:
1) Fuses just don't blow for no reason, something caused it.
You can be optimistic and *hope* it was some wierd, OTO
"power surge" or "it just got old" (those are the top two
wishful thinking excuses) or it could have been from
something REAL, like a wire somehow shorting to ground,
or a component on the PC board going belly up, causing a
high current situation, or any number of things that are
sadly NOT going to go away magically when you try a new
2) Not trying to be a smartass, but: We can't see it from
here. You need to evaluate the cost of a new one vs a
repair service call unless you yourself are an electronic
tech that knows how to troubleshoot appliances. Every day
that passes in this world, new becomes cheaper and repair
situations become less and less desirable.
Buy one fuse to check for the "fluke" thing. If it blows
again immediately, either open The Yellow Pages or get ye
to Lowes or Sears or wherever you intend to buy your next
It may be the point. KA is one of the best DW around so if it is not doing
the job, something is wrong. It may be wearing out the pump, spray arms
clogged, filter clogged, etc. At three years, it should not have those
Is it possible that something is being overloaded? See above about the pump.
It may be putting too highof a load and causing problems. Could be lots of
things. Fuses just don't "go" after a number of years, they go when
My guess is that if you find the problem, you DW may suddeny go from being
mediocre to a very good dishwasher. Considering the age, I'd call a
repairman. New will cost $500 and up so fix what you have.
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Many times a loose connection on the thermal fuse allowed the fuse to
warm up and open circuit, but all of the heating items should be
checked, heating element, thermostat(s) and if they check ok replace
the thermal fuse....but the new fuse should come with new wires as
well and everything must replaced at the same time!
One style of the thermal fuse.
Appliance Repair Aid
Thanks for all of the replies.
Obviously, this is a known issue. The replacement part number is supersceeded
into a thermal fuse relocation "KIT". Cost is $21.99.....I'll let you know how
I make out.
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