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How to fix a dishwasher that doesn't start

by Yvette Fletcher Back to advice guides

If your dishwasher won't start and the control panel shows no signs of life, the problem could be resolved with a few quick and easy checks.

Tips to get your dishwasher started

  • Watch our video for help working out why your dishwasher won't start
  • Check that the problem is with the dishwasher and not its socket
  • Manually resetting may bring your dishwasher back to life

How to fix a dishwasher that doesn't start

Check out our video to see how to trouble-shoot your non-starting dishwasher troubles:

1

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, such as a lamp, into the socket. If this 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.

2

Manual reset

Once you’ve checked the power supply and whether the door is properly closed, if the dishwasher is 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, then it's time to call in a professional.