Dishwasher: Stops mid-cycle

If the dishwasher stops during a cycle, first open and close the door to make sure it's latched. Check whether the house circuit to the dishwasher is tripped. If a light switch on the wall near the dishwasher controls power to the dishwasher, make sure it's in the On position.

If these basic tips don’t help, then a broken door latch, faulty control panel or failed electronic control board could be the problem. In some models, a failed heating element causes the dishwasher to stop. In other models, a failed vent fan can cause the dishwasher to stop mid-cycle. Follow the troubleshooting steps in our dishwasher won’t start video to restart the dishwasher after it stops mid-cycle. Use the tips in the dishwasher has no power video if the dishwasher is dead after stopping during the cycle.

These repairs may help solve your Dishwasher problem:

Replace the dishwasher door latch assembly

Door latch assembly

The dishwasher won't start if the door isn't completely shut and latched. If the door doesn't latch shut, replace the latch mechanism. Even if the door latches fully, a problem with micro-switch in the door latch/switch assembly could keep the dishwasher from starting; in that case, replace the micro-switch.

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Replace the dishwasher electronic control board

Electronic control board

The electronic control board runs all dishwasher functions. If the electronic control board is getting voltage, but not operating properly, it should be replaced.

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Replace the dishwasher control panel

Control panel

When the control panel, also called the control console, becomes visibly loose or damaged, replace it. A stuck button can also cause the dishwasher to become unresponsive. A light may flash constantly on the control panel when a button is stuck.

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Replace the dishwasher heating element

Heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element if it's visibly broken or not heating properly. If the heating element isn't visibly broke, check for a wiring failure, control failure or a blown fuse in the heating circuit before replacing the heating element—those issues could also be responsible for the heating element not working properly.

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Replace the vent and fan assembly

Vent and fan assembly

The vent opens during the drying cycle so the fan can direct hot, moist air out of the dishwasher through the vent opening at the bottom of the dishwasher door. Dishes won't dry as well if the vent fails to open or the fan fails to run. Also, the control panel goes blank and the dishwasher stops in the middle of the cycle if the fan fails. Replace the vent and fan assembly if either the fan or vent fails.

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