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FIXED Kitchenaid Dishwasher KUDS35FXSS8 - no power, can't find fuse location

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Apr 14, 2008
Kirkland, WA
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1-5 years
I have about a 5 year old Kitchenaid Dishwasher model#KUDS35FXSS8 that just stop working. No lights or power. Breaker in the electrical panel didn't trip. I've done a bunch of research online and think that maybe the dishwasher fuse may need replacing but haven't found the location of the fuse in the instruction manual or anywhere else. I did find some generic fuse locations for Kitchenaid on youtube but it didn't match my dishwasher model's configuration and I've been unable to figure out where the fuse is located. I've taken apart the door panel thinking I would be able to recognize the fuse, but I haven't been able to. I'm also having trouble figuring out how to remove the cover panel from the motherboard (upper right corner in attached pic)...I've already snapped one little tab!

The picture is looking head on with the front panel removed. The 2nd pic shows the inside of the door where I removed the screws on both sides of the door and along the top.

Can you show me or tell me where I can find videos or pics of how to access the fuse for the Kitchenaid Dishwasher #KUDS35FXSS8? Or if you have any other ideas on why I may not be getting power to the dishwasher anymore. Thank you!!!

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Hi, This model does not have a seperate thermal fuse.

I'd first verify your getting 120 volts in the main junction power box underneath the dishwasher. Where you house power line connects to the main electrical of the dishwasher, Across Black and White should read 120 volts. There should be 2 wire nuts that connect the main power line to your dishwasher in the junction box underneath the dishwasher.

Just remove the very bottom access panel and you will see that junction box.

Here's the parts diagram for your model:
#20 is the electrical junction box cover under the dishwasher towards the front, #19 is the screw you remove to remove the junction box cover.

I've seen those wire nuts come loose and/or burn arc and cause this NO POWER problem.

You'll need a multimeter to check for 120 volts: Digital Multimeter

Let us know what you find.

I was able to follow your instructions above and get to the black and white wires to test for 120 volts. The wires showed no burn marks and the wire nut connection seemed fine. I inserted the probes into the wire nuts and got 120 volts. Suggestions on where to go from here? Thanks.


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I took apart all the washer parts down to the food grinder and gave it a full cleaning. Found a few pieces of glass, ceramic chips from mugs and some food chunks. I also tried tightening the wire nuts down further. By chance I gave the dishwasher another shot with power and it turned on! I'm thinking you were spot on with the wire nut connectors, even though they seemed clean and no burn marks. I didn't have any new wire nuts but will consider replacing them next time around. I'm going to try and run the dishwasher tonight and hope for the best. Thanks for your great information!
Excellent Doug, sounds like you back in business. (y)

Yes, its best to replace those two wire nuts.

Thanks for the update!

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