Electrical Wiring in the Home/dishwasher not working


The dishwasher my sister got worked for a few minutes, then quit.  She was replacing another that decided to stop working.  The person she had installing it says there must be something wrong with the wiring in the house. She is going to get an electrician tocheck it out.  How can she make sure it's not the dishwasher - which she would have to replace again - or the wiring in the house?  Thanks.

Nancy,    wait are we talking new devices?  Where is the warranty?

Next  if someone is installing a dishwasher and cannot read a volt meter, it is the wrong person to install a dishwasher,    

water and electricity do not get along,    even a master plumber should understand how to measure voltage,     there are simple test devices that can be used,      the installer should know the voltage value    is it high, low,  whatever,      compared to name plate       

Utilities will sometimes provide  115. 117, 119. 120. 121, 129 volts,      I have seen voltages as high as 249 to 251 on the 220 side,   and I asked the owner,  do you have light bulbs blowing out all the time?    Yes,     didn't that raise some questions with you?

So if you are supplying low voltage,  or very high voltage,  the amount of voltage,   could be destroying the dishwashers,    

So are any other appliances failing?  Or having problems?

If not then a hard look at the circuit feeding the dishwasher should tell the tale,     

You need to know if there is a loose connection,  utility voltage that is high or low and correctable by the utility,   but the simple start is to simply measure the voltage at the dishwasher,   if way to high or low  find out why,    a loose connection could cause low voltage,  an added on circuit could drop voltage,      but a base line needs to be determined considering this may be dishwasher number three,   

If used with caution a semi skilled electrical experienced person can obtain a decent volt meter for 6 bucks at a hardware store,   good enough for this,  but I am not big on  DYI electrical,  either the person knows or you spend the money to hire an electrician,   why the installer cannot measure voltage is beyond me,        "not my job man"  is probably the answer I would get,   but regardless we are concerned why you are changing dishwashers faster than some change socks,     so it sure would point to the applied voltage,   I suppose other situations like a clogged drain might wreck havoc,  but I would think if clogged drains are problem,  leaks and backups would also be noticed,  

My shop is MEAR Services in Buckner Missouri and Kansas City Missouri,  our repair email is repair@meareservice.com,  our repair phone number is 816-650-4030.    If you keep having this problem or you suspect the electricians answer is not something that sounds right or you don't understand,  let me know, and I will help you figure out what is what and what is really needed,       again    dishwasher fails,   how  just stops working no lights   how did it act?  Then replaced number two,   did it fail the same way,   ?   What mode of failure?   NO power,  power but neither comes on,     see what I am asking?

Let me know how you get along,  first thing is to find out what the voltage is at the dishwasher,   is it the same installer all the time?   If so I would suspect the installer might not know certain things that need to be considered,     sometimes there are voltage or hertz switches or dip  switches on appliances that switch the rated voltage,   are we checking that?  Are we using 220/230 volts or just 110/115?  Any breaker tripping?   Are you sure some GFCI is tripped and the dishwasher is being blamed?

If there is no power to the dishwasher and the blame is on the dishwasher,  you HAVE to find out why there is no power,  I have found GFCI outlets  hidden behind cabinets and tripping off appliances for no reason,          so the failure mode needs to be explained,       how do they fail in what mode?

Let me know what you find, but the odds are real low two or more dishwashers, new or rebuilt or even used would fail in a row.

Any question you have please feel free,  no question is a dumb one,  so ask away,     there is an answer.

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