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D'Brie 02-02-2013 04:12 PM

Dishwasher bi-metal fuse
 
In my two year old Kitchen Aid dishwasher (model KUDC03IVWH3) the bimetallic fuse keeps blowing. Can't seem to find the cause. Anyone have any ideas? Nothing else is wrong, all functions work as usual. Thanks for the help!

Protocol. 02-02-2013 04:28 PM

Is this a thermostat or a fuse? What does it look like? Part number? What happens when it goes? Current draws? Does it fail after a few months or immediately? Is it when you start a cycle?

Need to be more descriptive. Saying it "blows" and asking why could be a million things.

D'Brie 02-02-2013 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Protocol. (Post 1108011)
Is this a thermostat or a fuse? What does it look like? Part number? What happens when it goes? Current draws? Does it fail after a few months or immediately? Is it when you start a cycle?

Need to be more descriptive. Saying it "blows" and asking why could be a million things.

It's the bimetallic fuse. Diameter of a dime with two prongs coming off back for controls wires to attach. It's located in the top of the door on control panel. First on blew after 1.5 years, second one in two weeks of use. Seems to fail somewhere in mid-cycle of normal wash. Part number W10344801

D'Brie 02-02-2013 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by D'Brie (Post 1108020)
It's the bimetallic fuse. Diameter of a dime with two prongs coming off back for controls wires to attach. It's located in the top of the door on control panel. First on blew after 1.5 years, second one in two weeks of use. Seems to fail somewhere in mid-cycle of normal wash. Part number W10344801

Here is an attached photo showing bimetallic fuse, panel and a jumper wire.

joecaption 02-02-2013 04:57 PM

http://www.repairclinic.com/RepairHe...ne-Repair-Help

Check out the top area where it says live help. It's better if you try it during the day.

Protocol. 02-02-2013 05:02 PM

That looks like a thermal bi-metal. If it is in fact a fuse, then there has to be something causing high current draw during the cycle. The fact that it's not blowing right away or takes a few cycles would make me think it's possibly a motor or pump that has a hard time starting or a bad bearing. Check the manual with the unit, sometimes there is one behind the panel on the bottom, that should be able to tell you how to run a test cycle or test individual components. Then I would check current draw on each to see if any are higher than normal. Could also be a sticking relay on the board, but I think it would happen more often than that.

hardwareman 02-04-2013 08:59 AM

replace the door switches, common problem


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