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Tips for Repairing or Replacing a Dishwasher without Making a Mess

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 02 January 2013 · 923 views
dishwasher, leak, repair, replace
If you're getting ready to do a major repair on a dishwasher, especially one that requires the dishwasher to be completely removed from the cabinet, Professor john63 offers some hard-won battle tactics based on his years of experience on the Front Lines:

I would describe myself as an expert in the dishwasher category---but not by design or intention.

After becoming an LG authorized servicer---we were literally inundated with warranty calls for failing/failed SUMP ASSYs.

Replacing a SUMP ASSY---requires removing the dishwasher from under the counter.

In addition to that---we *were* also an ASC for Samung as well.

After well over a hundred SUMP ASSY replacements---I've learned several things.

1) In kitchens with "built-up" floors---customers are required to hire a flooring contractor to remove a section of the kitchen floor (tile or otherwise)---to allow proper removal/repair/re-installation of the dishwasher. For the LG D/Ws---a mininum of 34 inches is needed from the floor-to-the-bottom-of-the-countertop.

If the dishwasher was out-of-warranty---I'd strongly recommend that the customer *replace* the existing dishwasher with a new model (usually GE) specifically designed for *built-up floors* (a brilliant idea,by the way).

2) Before beginning a dishwasher repair that involves removal from under-the-counter---quickly size-up the water and drain connections.
If a cheap/plastic SHUT-OFF VALVE or a less-than-ideal drain arrangement exists---plan your repairs and estimates accordingly.
Know where the Hot Water Heater AND Main Water Shut-off valves are located---before starting a repair.
Replace any water or drain hose that looks remotely questionable.
Once the repairs are completed---totally inspect the water supply and drain hoses. Verify that none have even a slow weeping drip. Run test the dishwasher.
Sometimes a water line will develope a slow drip *after* the pressure fluctuates from the water valve opening and closing.
When done---double check these connections yet again before leaving.

I wish I could brag that I have a flawless record of no water damage or insurance claims---but I don't.

In one case---I had replaced an LG Sump Assy---the installation of the dishwasher was so perfect (by someone else) that I only needed to slide out the dishwasher and place it on it's back and exchange the Sump Assy----and then re-install.
The next morning---I got a call from the customer that a section of the drop ceiling in her basement had collapsed and the floor was wet.
Turns out that the water connection under the sink was only *hand tight*---and the movement of the water line during my repair caused a slow drip (perhaps 1 drip every 5 seconds).
Over 12 hours later---this created enough of a water leak to cause quite a mess.
This was an insurance claim---that was totally preventable---if I had been more thorough.

Another leak occured when I again---repaired an LG dishwasher---in a newer home with REALLY cheap and odd plumbing fixtures.
This leak was slow like the first one---but did not enter the basement.
The cause of the leak was---the REALLY cheap (and weird) shut-off valve.
Never seen one before or since. I didn't *like* it when I first saw it too.
That was problably my sub-conscious brain telling me---maybe I ought to replace that unbelieveably fragile-looking shut-off valve.
Small insurance claim for that one---sucks. Totally avoidable---had I followed my instinct to get rid of a questionable valve:)


3) The rest--is the usual stuff...

Re-install the D/W better than it was (most are installed terribly)
Leave the work area cleaner than it was before arriving
Protect flooring (cardboard works well for me)
Keep toolbag/box and tools on a mat or cardboard sheet etc

Good luck :)



Source: Should we dish it out?


Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Dishwasher with the Clean Light Blinking Seven Times

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 28 December 2012 · 5,172 views
whirlpool, dishwasher and 1 more...
Here's the low-down on a Whirlpool (or Kenmore-labelled, Whirlpool-built) dishwasher that has the Clean Light blinking seven times. In other words, blinks seven times, pauses, then repeats.

The reason the light is blinking seven times is because the control board is looking for a specific temperature rise in the water in the basin and is not seeing it.

"Well, if the water temperature ain't rising, then the heater must be bad, right?"

Maybe. But other things besides a bad heater can cause the water temperature to not rise. Let's list all the possibilities here:

1. Bad heating element, which we already mentioned. Check continuity of the element. Should be something low ohms, the exact reading is not important-- you're looking to see if the element is open. If the element is open, replace it.

2. Heating element not getting voltage. This could be as simple as a loose wire on the heating element or a bad hi-limit thermostat. Or the the heater relay on the control board could be bad, in which case you would replace the control board. Trace the circuit back with your meter and the wiring diagram until you find the missing voltage.

3. No water in the basin! The control can't sense a rise in water temperature if there's no water to heat. Makes sense, right? To check this, start the dishwasher. After it finishes the pump out cycle, listen for the hissing of the water filling. If it's very quiet or silent, then there's a problem with the water fill components: bad water inlet valve or the valve isn't getting voltage. Open the door and check the fill level. Water level should be a finger width below the heating element. If it's less than this, then the water inlet valve has gookus in the inlet screen and should be replaced.

4. The pump isn't circulating water over the heating element. If water isn't circulating, you probably have a bad motor-pump assembly. You can verify by placing a glass in the upper rack and running the dishwasher (after it fills) for about a minute. If the glass is less than half full, then the pump is weak or dying and should be replaced. Honestly, this is most common cause the Clean Light blinking problem that I've seen. Here's the patented Samurai Technique® for replacing the motor-pump assembly in one of these dishwashers in less than four minutes, including beer drinking time:




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Troubleshooting a Frigidaire Dishwasher with the Spray Arm Re-Direct Check Ball

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 12 December 2012 · 1,948 views
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If you're having washability problems with this funkified Frigidaire-design dishwasher that uses a check ball to alternate the spray between the upper and lower spray arms, Professor Willies explains the basic operation:

You can simulate the pause of the control to check if the spray arm switch from bottom to top and you can tell by the sound change that the top arm is routing instead of the lower arm, (top arm spraying against door is louder).

Start the unit up and let it run for about two minutes then carefully pull in on the door handle for about 1/2 second and release so it while holding door shut. This creates a pause just like the timer/control board would do.

The pump has to run for at least around two minutes with the lower arm spraying before you can try to switch to the upper arm because there is a bleed hole that water can slowly bypass the check ball thus filling the tube that runs to the upper spray arm up with water that will come rushing back down the tube and re-seat the check ball against the lower spray arm outlet then the pump starts again and pushing the check ball against the lower arm outlet and water flows to upper arm.

To switch from upper arm to lower arm there is a longer pause because it has to let the water complete empty back down the tube and let the check ball settle back down on the lower end of the ramp before starting up the pump again and sealing the check ball against the upper arm outlet.


And Grand Master kdog offers this experiential wisdom:

I have seen several of these balls 'wear out" - often they become almost oblong and bind in the track


Here's the replacement electronic control ==> http://www.repaircli...4806401/1793650

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And here are the various ball and housing parts:


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Source: Frigidaire D.W. Model# DGBD2432KF1, Service Manual Request


Replacing the Door Springs in a Frigidaire Dishwasher

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 10 November 2012 · 1,824 views
frigidaire, dishwasher, door and 1 more...
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Grand Master Funk kdog calls the dance steps on this little ditty:

You should replace the pair, you need to order 2

unscrew the 2 flange brackets securing the d/w to cabinet, remove the toe kick and slide the d/w out a way - you'll see the springs/hinges on the side, pretty self explanatory when you see them. Hopefully the water line is flexible enough to allow it to slide out a bit. If it is plumbed to steel or copper line and is fixed, unscrew the valve from the frame so that it can stay put. DO NOT disconnect water line as you could be asking for trouble. If your hands are nimble enough, you might be able to install them from underneath by removing only the toekick.


Part link to the door springs ==> http://www.repaircli...mber=FDB989GFC2


Source: frigidaire dishwasher FDB989GFC2 springs


Ribbon cable pinout for the control panel on a Maytag MDB Dishwasher

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 23 June 2012 · 2,347 views
Maytag, dishwasher, control panel
Model number: MDB7609AWB1

it's a switch matrix

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Part link to the new touchpanel with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repaircli...-Touchpad-Parts

Source: ribbon cable pinout for Maytag MDB7609AWB1






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