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Old 03-20-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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GE Nautilus dishwasher stopped mid-cycle - solution included


So I just put my dishwasher back in the other night after having it out for awhile while tiling the kitchen. I got it back in, loaded it up, and washed some dishes Friday night. Saturday I woke up to find the dishwasher had stopped mid-cycle (right at the start of rinsing) with water standing in the bottom of the tub.

I searched around, found this website with a parts diagram: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/pa...odel_id=209307 and decided to take the door apart. I found that part number 805 and 806 (switch leaf) had broken off from the door face. There was a little plastic "stud" holding a screw which held the switch leaf, and the stud had broken off. The switch leaf presses on 2 button switches when you latch the door, allowing the dishwasher to run.

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So instead of buying a new front face for $40+ I decided to just drill a hole and use a screw to hold the switch leaf in place. I used 2 washers, lock washer, and a nut to hold the screw in place, then 2 more nuts, 2 washers, and a lock washer to hold the switch leaf in the right place on the screw.

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There is a screw head visible on the outside of the dishwasher, but it's really not that noticeable. When you're short on cash, a $0 repair is always better than a $40+ repair.

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Hope this might help anyone that searches for a similar problem. Apparently this is rather common as I found someone with a similar issue here: http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/...ont-start.html

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