hi all. does anyone know if there are 'common' causes for a dishwasher
drain solenoid melting? ge model gsd2000g00ww. the plastic casing melts
and once cooled down the metal plunger inside can't move, therefore
it's about 2 1/2 years old. first failed 2 months ago, failed again
this weekend. easy to replace but now i'm wondering if there's
something upstream of the part causing it to fail. found several
websites saying it's a common problem but nothing i found mentioned a
solution other than replacing the part. any thoughts appreciated.
Many solenoids in dishwashers are
intermittent duty only. On my KitchenAid,
the timer only allows the drain to work
for 1 minute. If it is longer, i.e. the
hangs up, the solenoid will burn/melt.
In my 1st KA, many years ago, this happened.
Yet it didn't seem to happen again. I
was warned by the KA people, at that
time a very customer service oriented
company, that once it happens, it may
happen again. I actually designed a
little board that electronically
to the solenoid after about 70 seconds.
It never burned out again.
i wish i had your ability to make my own board. any way my timer's bad?
it's not much more than the solenoid if i ever have to replace it again
but i'd hate to replace it if it isn't a possible cause. much more of
this and it'll be more cost effective to buy a new dishwasher. any way
for me to know (by sight/sound) how long the timer/solenoid is running?
thanks everyone for your thoughts.
Art Todesco wrote:
If you listen carefully, most solenoids make a distinct hum or buzz
when activated, at least mine do. In one of my washers, the solenoid
stays on for a least two minutes during each water intake cycle and
I've never had to replace it.
On 17 Aug 2006 19:08:38 -0700, mark_s email@example.com wrote:
Actually, before I built the "timer
board" I put an audible "buzzer" across
the solenoid. I think it was a 110 to 6
volt transformer and a Sonalert.
It was real annoying, however, it gave
feedback that the timer was not
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