How To Fix A Dishwasher That Will Not Turn On?

My dishwasher will not turn on. The dishwasher was working a few days ago and now it will not turn on. Dishwasher has no power, no lights, and no sound coming from it. What parts of the dishwasher can cause this problem? Is it a power issue or is something wrong with the dishwasher? Lets go over the most common reasons why a dishwasher has problems and will not turn on…

How To Fix A Dishwasher That Will Not Turn OnHow To Fix A Dishwasher That Will Not Turn On?

  1. Be sure you are pressing the correct button to power on.
  2. Check that the dishwasher is getting power.
  3. Inspect the door latch, door needs to be fully closed to run.
  4. Inspect that the child safety lock is not engaged.
  5. Make sure the dishwasher timer is set properly.
  6. Check to be sure the water valve is turned on.
  7. Try a full dishwasher reset.

Pressing the power button on the dishwasher?

There are many buttons on your dishwasher. Be sure you are pressing the START, POWER, or ON button to turn the dishwasher on. If you are pressing the correct power button on your dishwasher panel, check to see if it is getting power or if the dishwasher is plugged in.

Is the dishwasher plugged in?

Check the power cord that is located under the kitchen sink. Make sure the dishwasher power plug is plugged in and secure in the outlet. Check the power cord for damage. If the power cord is damaged or frayed, remove it and replace the cord with a new one.

Is the dishwasher plugged into a GFCI outlet?

If your dishwasher plugs into a GFCI type power outlet, be sure it is not tripped. Reset the GFCI outlet if tripped. Press the small reset button on the outlet to resume power. Your dishwasher will turn on once you reset the GCFI outlet.

GFCI tripped on dishwasherGFCI outlet tripped on dishwasher? Reset it.

Has the main breaker for the dishwasher tripped?

Go to the breaker box and check the breaker for the dishwasher. The breaker may have tripped and that is why the dishwasher is not turning on. The breaker may have tripped for other parts of the kitchen also. If the garbage disposal does not work, this is a good sign that the main kitchen breaker has tripped. Flip the breaker back to its ON position and your dishwasher will turn on. Here is more help for issues with why is the breaker tripping in the kitchen?

Is the dishwasher getting power?

Make sure power is reaching the dishwasher. There may be another issue besides the main breaker or a GFCI outlet being tripped. If you are unsure whether the dishwasher is getting electricity, check to see if there is power flowing to it by using a voltage meter. How to use a multimeter to check appliances?

Is the dishwasher door latched properly?

Make sure the door is shut all the way closed. If the dishwasher door latch isn’t engaged, a small switch prevents the dishwasher from turning on. Examine both sides of the latch for anything that might be preventing it from shutting correctly. Check for any broken components or problems with the door. The door latch may be faulty and need to be replaced.

Is the dishwasher child safety lock engaged?

A child lock function is built into most dishwashers to prevent children from interrupting, opening, or adjusting the cycle settings on the dishwasher. A child lock can be disabled on your dishwasher by pressing and holding the child lock button for 5 to 15 seconds. If this does not fix the problem, unplug the dishwasher from the power outlet for 30 to 60 seconds and this will reset the child lock feature.

Is the dishwasher timer set properly?

If your dishwasher has a timer, make sure it is set correctly. If the timer is not set correctly on your dishwasher, it won’t turn on. Change the timer if the dishwasher will not turn on. The timer may have been set wrong accidentally and that is the reason it will not turn on.

Is the water valve for the dishwasher open?

Make sure the water valve is turned on to the dishwasher and that there is enough water pressure going to the dishwasher. Some dishwashers will not turn on if there is no or too little water pressure. Once the dishwasher has the correct water pressure flowing to it, the dishwasher will turn on.

How to reset a dishwasher?

Has the dishwasher been opened while running? It’s possible that your dishwasher has stopped between cycles since you’ve interrupted the wash cycle and it won’t restart. Turn off the electricity and then back on. Try holding down the start button for 10 seconds. If this does not work, unplug the dishwasher from power for 60 seconds. Once the dishwasher is reset you will be able to use it as normal.

Dishwasher Error Code Information: If your dishwasher is throwing strange and unknown dishwasher error codes, check here for what the codes or faults mean.

If, despite your efforts, your dishwasher does not start up or turn on, please contact a skilled professional or ask us your troubleshooting questions below.


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