Hi everyone ~
Dishwasher does not start but motor hums - the thing is about 9 years
old, Kenmore, and has had no issues until this morning when I tried to
run a load. I latched and re-latched the door, clicked through the
cycle slowly to see if it would engage, and I got nothing but the motor
hum. After 5 minutes, even that stopped. (thermal shutdown?).
What do you think? Motor shot? something jammed that need to be
Thanks in advance,
Could be the motor, or other things as well. Does it fill with water? It
won't run until it has filled. Perhaps the issue is the water supply or
More help here:
I'm a software guy, not an appliance repairman, but
I think the water has to fill enough to raise the internal
float switch before the rest of the cycle can run.
I would suspect the electrically controlled valve
that turns the water on and off.
If there's voltage to the water valve but no water,
replace the valve. No voltage to the valve, work
backwards from there.
Thanks for the replies, I found this:
GE - Hotpoint, McClary, Moffat style dishwasher just hums (some
Kenmore, Jenn-Air ): If this style of a dishwasher sits unused for a
period of time the seals in the motor and pump can get frozen together.
Sometimes high minerals in the water also can stick the seals together
and the motor cannot turn on, often the dishwasher will fill with water
and just sit there "humming". Usually this is fairly easy to repair and
get going again. Remove power and access panels....reach in with your
hand and turn the cooling fan blade a turn to break it free, reinstall
power and try the unit. If this "sticking" keeps reoccurring, the motor
and pump assembly will probably need to be replaced.
So I am going to check out the motor...while I am down there I will
check for things that might be sticking as well.
I don't mind buying another dw if I have too, but I will feel better if
I can fix it.
The above indicates that the dishwasher will fill with water, but
the motor doesn't turn.
In an earlier post in this thread, you indicated the dishwasher
was not filling either.
Still think you need to look at the water inlet valve.
And, the following link, http://www.repairclinic.com/0088_9_1.asp
suggests that the float switch is another possibility. If the
float switch is bad or stuck, it could be telling the inlet valve
that the tub is full, so no more water for you.
Just another possibility.
Hope this helps,
Just wanted to do a follow-up. The issue was stuck motor seals. I
removed the lower panel, broke free the motor fan, and it fired right
Thanks for your help everyone. It would have been a shame to ditch a
d/w for something so small.
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