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KUDS02FRSS3 Dishwasher wont complete cycle, shuts off. Powers back on after a few hours of cooling.


Dec 25, 2018
Model Number
6-10 years
Hello all:

I have a KitchenAid Dishwasher Model KUDS02FRSS3 been installed over 7 years ago.
It is on a dedicated circuit breaker.

The dishwasher starts but before it is complete, say after 45-60 minutes or so it shuts off and all the lights on the panel go off. When I open the dishwasher, I see steam and a layer of water in the bottom. If I let the dishwasher COOL for 6-7 hours, the lights come back on and I end up running a QUICK WASH and it completes the cycle and drains the water.

It seems to me that the issue is it is overheating. Even if I turn off HEAT DRYING, the Dishwasher shuts off, a little faster though, same if I set to a SaniRinse or HeavyDuty Cycle.

So I replaced the Thermal Cut Off fuse in the Control Panel area using the kit. This TCO has been replaced twice before, once by Sears and once by a repairman a few years ago. Since it was a simple repair, I swapped it myself using all the parts that came with the OEM replacement unit - the spliced kit. I checked the cables, they look good, nothing melted.

Even after replacing the TCO the d/w still shut down, so I assumed the new fuse was defective. And I swapped it again with another OEM unit. I did verify the fuses have 85°C stamped on them. When I last did the swap, the I checked the TCO with my multimeter and was open as the d/w was still warm/hot. After a few minutes of removing from the dishwasher, it cooled down and it was closed circuit again.

I also replaced the High Limit Thermostat, still no change.

Yes I checked the coarse strainer and the Overfill Float for any blockage.

So I know the motor runs as it can run in Quick Wash cycle. Besides replacing the heater element, what else can I look at?

Thanks in advance for your brain power!
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When the thermal fuse goes bad it will be dead and will not come back to life until the thermal fuse is replaced, so It can't be the thermal fuse, since you say it comes back to life 6 hours later when it cools.

I'm thinking its the control board, look on the control board very closely and see if you notice any burnt spots on it.

Here's the control board for your model:
WPW10084141 Electronic Control Board

Let us know what you find.

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