Dishwashers: Dishwasher repairs How to fix a dishwasher that doesn't start

If your dishwasher won't start and the control panel shows no signs of life, the problem could be quickly resolved. There are a few quick and easy checks you can make before calling in a professional or buying a new dishwasher.

Check out our video to see how to trouble-shoot what's wrong with a dishwasher that won't start: 


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Check the socket and door

The first thing to do is to check the plug and the socket. Unplug the dishwasher and try plugging something else into the socket, such as a lamp. If it works, the problem will be with the dishwasher rather than the socket. If the control panel shows no signs of life at all, check that the door is fully closed and try to start the machine again.

Manual reset

Once you’ve checked the plug and the that the door is closed, if it’s still not working, consult the manual for the program reset procedure. The dishwasher may not have finished the previous cycle and might need to be reset. You'll be able to find instructions for how to do this in the manual. 

If you've carried out these quick checks and you still can't bring your dishwasher back to life, it's time to call in a professional.

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