Product Pick of the Week: Dishwasher High-Limit Thermostat and Heating Element

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Ever wonder why your dishwasher isn’t drying your dishes? Two of the main reasons why this happens is that either your dishwasher has a faulty high-limit thermostat or a faulty heating element and that’s why we’ve made both our Picks of the Week.


High-Limit Thermostat 

What Is It?
The high-limit thermostat is located usually behind the lower panel underneath the dishwasher. The high-limit thermostat prevents the dishwasher from getting too hot.  If the high-limit thermostat is defective, it will turn  off the heat going to the dishwasher completely which can cause your dishes to not dry.

How to Replace it:
To replace your high-limit thermostat you will need a quarter inch nut driver and a pair of needle nose pliers.
1.) Disconnect your dishwasher from its power source.
2.) Using your quarter inch nut driver, remove your lower access panel held in place by 2 quarter inch nuts.
3.) Remove the 2 screws on top of the dishwasher that hold the front panel in place to gain access to your high-limit thermostat.
4.) Use your needle nose pliers to disconnect the two wires connected to the high-limit thermostat.
5.) The high-limit thermostat is held in place by a metal bracket, use your quarter inch nut driver to remove the bracket and replace your high-limit thermostat.
6.) Use your quarter inch nut driver to replace your dishwasher’s front panel and lower access panel.
7.) Reconnect your dishwasher to its power source.


Heating Element

What is is?
The heating element on  the dishwasher is usually located behind the lower panel. It heats the water up inside the dishwasher so it is at a temperature that is able to clean the dishes. If the heating element is damaged or not working properly it can cause  your dishes to not dry or be cleaned to the standard they should.

How to Replace it:
To replace your heating element you are going to need a Phillips head screw driver, a 1/2-inch wrench, and a pair of needle nose pliers.
1.) Disconnect your dishwasher from its power source.
2.) Use your Phillips head screw driver to remove the two screws securing your lower access panel.
3.) Use your 1/2″ wrench to remove the nuts holding your heating element in place.
4.) Use your needle nose pliers to disconnect the wires connected to your heating element.
5.) Slide out the dishwasher’s lower dish rack, and detach the lower spray arm from the bottom of the dishwasher to gain access to the heating element.
6.) Detach and discard the defective heating element.
7.) Place the new heating element back into the dishwasher, making sure all of the holes line up, then reattach the lower spray arm and lower dish-rack.
8.) Use your 1/2″ wrench to reattach your heating element. Then use your needle nose pliers to reattach the wires to your heating element.
9.) Use your 1/2″ wrench to reattach your lower access panel to your dishwasher then plug it back into its power source.


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By: Claire Begalke


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