What if a KitchenAid Dishwasher Stops the Cycle and Has No Power?

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    Home Power/Common Issues

    • If your KitchenAid dishwasher stops during a cycle, check your home's power. A fuse might have blown, or a circuit breaker tripped. Replace the blown fuse, and reset the circuit breaker. Check the dishwasher's power cord, and see if it is still connected to the outlet. Test the outlet with a lamp to determine if it's working properly. Examine the cord. If it's split, repair or replace it. Verify that the dishwasher door is completely closed. If not, move a few dishes, or push in the rack. Push the "Start/Resume" button if you opened the door after the cycle started.

    Thermal Fuse/Door Switch

    • The thermal cut-out fuse keeps the dishwasher from overheating. The fuse, however, may blow if the dishwasher does get too hot. Unplug the dishwasher from the power source, and remove the main access panel. Visually examine the fuse, and see if it looks burned out. If it looks all right, test it with a multimeter, and see if it has continuity. If not, get a new one. The door switch is located in the door panel. This switch lets the control board know that the dishwasher door is closed. Check the switch with the multimeter, and see if it has continuity. If it doesn't, you will need to purchase a new switch from a KitchenAid parts dealer, since it's difficult to repair this component.


    • If your KitchenAid dishwasher doesn't have any power, examine the internal wiring. See if any connections are loose or broken, and replace or repair the wiring. The timer regulates which component gets power and how long that part has power. If the timer is blown, your dishwasher won't start or will stop midcycle. Test the timer for continuity with a multimeter. Get a new timer if it's defective, since you usually can't fix this part.

    Control Board/Motor

    • While not common, your dishwasher control board or motor can go out. Remove the dishwasher from the power source, and take off the main access panel. Examine the control board, and see if any connections are loose. Repair the broken connections. Use a multimeter, and see if the board has voltage going to and from it. If not, it's defective, and you need a new one. If you haven't used your dishwasher in a while, the motor may be stuck. Turn it until it freely rotates. If it won't rotate or doesn't have continuity, purchase a new motor, since you can't repair this part.

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