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Old 08-03-2011, 08:45 AM   #1
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Dishwasher won't run - latch sensor?


Loaded up the dishwasher earlier, turned it on, and nothing. After troubleshooting some of the basics, I noticed that if I put pressure on the door, the dishwashing cycle will begin, as soon as I take my hand off, it will stop. This leads me to believe that it is a problem with the latch...I assume the dishwasher will not activate until it is securely latched.

However, the door shuts just fine...If the door is closed, I can't open it even a crack by pulling on the door without the latch...seems like it is properly shut to me.

Not sure how old the unit is but I estimate it to be 7-10 years old...just a wild guess though. It is a Kenmore...

Anyone have any luck with something like this in the past....should I just start looking to replace it with a newer model. A dishwasher is really not something I want to mess around with due to any potential water hazards..or electric for that matter...

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Old 08-03-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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probably a door latch switch out of adjustment or going bad, may have to open it up to see if it can be adjusted or most likely replaced. Model# would help to tell you what you need to do.

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Here are a couple of pictures.

Probably can't tell much from this one but it is a picture of where the door latches...I can't see anything out of the ordinary here. The door itself latches to it just fine and is stable when closed



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Here is the info tag....I tried a quick search of that model number but it didn't return anything relevant.


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to see the problem you will have to take the inner door panel off, exposing the latch assy. It should have 2 micro switches on it.
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Do you mean the door itself or the actual inside panel you see when the door is open
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I know this is an old thread, but I have the same problem with my Whirlpool dishwasher (model DU890) as elementz's dishwasher. It's about the same age (made around 2003) and the problem just started a few weeks ago. The cycle starts fine but stops midway. If I press on the door near the latch, it starts again. But, I need to keep pressing it or else it will stop running. I understand hardwareman's point about taking the inner door panel off to inspect the latch, but what would I be looking for once I get the panel off? How would I know if it's the latch or something else causing the problem?

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