Why won't my dishwasher start

Oh no, your dishwasher won’t start, the lights are on and you’re afraid your dishwasher is broken. Fortunately, this is not always the case. On this page you can read what could be the reason that your dishwasher doesn’t start.

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Dishwasher won't start: the causes

Some causes of a dishwasher that doesn’t start can easily be solved yourself. We’ve listed them here for you!

The dishwasher is underpowered (or not at all)

The most common cause of a dishwasher not starting is the lack of power. This is because a dishwasher, like any other electrical product, needs sufficient power to operate. Go through the steps below to determine if your dishwasher is getting enough power.

First, check that the plug is properly inserted into the outlet. Is it? Then check whether the dishwasher is connected to its own group. If several appliances are connected to the same group, there may not be enough power to run the dishwasher.

Next, test if the outlet is providing power. Plug in another appliance and see if it works. For a dual outlet, test both outlets. Does this not work and is your outlet next to the water supply? Then there may be water damage. Always call in an electrician for this or see if you can get assistance through the manufacturer’s chat function.

 

The dishwasher will not start because the door is not closed properly

A dishwasher does not start with an open door. This is to prevent all the dishwater from spilling onto your kitchen floor. Check that the door is closed. It may be that the door safety device is on, so you have to close the door a little harder. Is the door closed properly and your dishwasher still won’t start? Then this is not the problem.

You have a problem with the water inlet

If your dishwasher won’t start, it’s also important to check the water inlet. This is because the dishwasher may not be getting any water, which is why it won’t start. The light illuminates in the control panel to alert you that something is wrong with the water inlet.

Turn off the main valve, unplug the water supply, and check to see if anything is blocking the water supply by inserting a long object into the water inlet. You will be able to feel any blockages and possibly pull them away immediately.

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