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The dishwasher is the most convenient kitchen appliance, but it can seem like an annoyance when it doesn’t start as planned. Why isn’t my Whirlpool dishwasher starting? You may have accidentally set the wrong option or blocked access to the control panel while troubleshooting. When your Whirlpool dishwasher won’t start on.
How to Fix a Dishwasher That Isn’t Running
When your Whirlpool dishwasher doesn’t start, there may be a simple fix to change the setting or a complex repair to resolve component issues. Here’s how to figure out what you should do if your Whirlpool dishwasher won’t start.
1. Power Supply Issue
When your Whirlpool dishwasher isn’t working correctly, check your power supply. To start and run a variety of functions, the dishwasher requires consistent and sufficient amounts of electricity.
Here’s how to check for power supply concerns:
- Make sure the power cable is in good working order. Never connect a dishwasher to an extension cord; because most of them cannot safely transmit the required voltage, they will result in power outages.
- Check that the dishwasher is on: Check to see if the dishwasher’s power switch is turned on. Some buttons may be found in a kitchen cabinet beneath the sink.
- Check for tripped breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box, and reset any that are tripped.
- Reset your dishwasher: Occasionally, a dishwasher reset may fix the problem. Unplug or turn off the circuit breaker to restart a Whirlpool dishwasher. After one minute, turn on the dishwasher again to see if it starts up.
2. Incorrect Settings
Be sure you have the correct setting selected when your dishwasher isn’t drying effectively or doesn’t start on command. While some drying settings must be manually chosen, specific wash settings might prevent an immediate start.
These settings can cause your dishwasher to not operate immediately:
- The delay start function lets you choose the time at which your dishwasher will begin. To cancel the delay start function and resume your selected cycle, press CANCEL/DRAIN or START/RESUME as appropriate.
- The dishwasher has two modes, Normal and Sleep. The energy-saving option is called Sleep Mode, which turns off the power to the machine after it completes a cycle.
- The Control Lock function prevents the dishwasher from being used in an unauthorized manner. When Control Lock is activated, the lock button will light up. Deactivate the Control Lock function by pressing and holding the lock button for 4 seconds. The lock light should go out after this procedure is completed.
If the control panel displays an error message, consult your user handbook to determine what it means and how to address it. If the control panel is not illuminated at all, it may have been wet or broken. A faulty control panel necessitates expert repair.
3. Door Latch Malfunction
If the dishwasher door is not firmly shut and latched, it will not start. To verify that the latch is engaged, permanently close the door firmly without slamming it.
A Whirlpool dishwashing machine that won’t start even with an adequately closed door might have a latch problem. If the latch is faulty or does not have continuity on multimeter testing, it must be replaced.
4. Water Supply Problem
If my Whirlpool dishwasher won’t start because it has power and is correctly set and latched, what’s wrong? A water supply problem might be to blame. If the dishwasher doesn’t start or fill, double-check that the water line is connected correctly and that the water valve is turned on.
If the water line is pinched, water won’t flow from your house supply. Any kinks that block water flow should be gently straightened. Finally, make sure the dishwasher’s water inlet valve is opening and closing correctly. If the valve is stuck in the closed position, no water will reach the dishwasher. A faulty inlet valve should be replaced by a professional.
5. Faulty Parts
If none of the solutions work, a faulty component may be to blame for your Whirlpool dishwasher not starting.
The following component failures can prevent you from starting right away:
- The thermal fuse will blow if it is not accurate or if the dishwasher is about to overheat. If the fuse fails multimeter testing, it has blown and must be replaced for the dishwasher to operate.
- The main control board: This computerized board controls all dishwasher functions and sends electricity to the appropriate components when it receives a signal from the control panel. If the control board fails, the dishwasher will not start because it will not be able to provide the necessary power.
- The timer is an essential component of the dishwasher. It controls the voltage to various functions at specific intervals. If the timer fails, the dishwasher won’t start as a result of a faulty connection.
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