Would not cycle / would not drain

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Wrench set
Screw drivers

Chris From West Bloomfield, MI

Aug 31, 2011

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Timer - (easy):
Turn off power for unit at breaker box. Open the front door and remove the screws holding the front cover. Locate timer. Unplug timer and remove screws holding timer in place. Reverse process to install new timer.

Drain solenoid - (a little harder):
Turn off water to dishwasher under sink and disconnect from plumbing. Disconnect drain line. Remove any screws holding dishwasher in place and start pulling unit from it's cavity. It should come about half way out. At this time you can peer under the unit and see the drain solenoid.

If you don't know what you're doing (like me) I recommend the following. Remove the water line from the dishwasher (and possibly the drain line) It should now be easy to pull the unit all the way out and tip it on it's side, fully exposing the drain solenoid.

Note: The drain solenoid provided to me was encapsulated in a different bracket than the original one in my dishwasher unit. It was necessary to pry the solenoid out by bending the bracket and installing in the original bracket. Then squeeze back together in a vice with a few gentle love taps with a hammer to squeeze it all back together. It was still a little loose but the solenoid just goes up and down so no big deal.

There's a little metal clip holding the white plastic arm to the drain valve. Let's say this O represents the diameter of the metal rod it's hooked to. That clip is removed by a small screwdriver pushing the clip away from that rod, this way: 0 ==> It will make sense once you do it.

From there it's pretty easy to replace the solenoid unit and reverse the steps above to re-install the unit.


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Part Number: PS260070

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Drain Solenoid Repair Kit

Part Number: PS260462

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