Why is my dishwasher taking so long? Do not delay any longer – stop hitting the delayed start button. I do not use the delayed start button. We typically run it as soon as it is loaded.
Is there any chance the toddlers are pushing buttons on the dishwasher after you do so that it does not actually run?
I do not let them do that. It won’t run if it does not think the door is closed, though whether that’s due to broken hardware like a latch or software like a door sensor, I don’t know.
I know it is not a hardware issue like a malfunctioning door, because it closes and latches normally, and it is not flashing the light that says the door is ajar.
Did you set it on an extra long cycle like heavy duty plus ultra dry plus steam clean? A steam clean cycle is like the self clean cycle in an oven; it sounds like a good idea but has a tendency to fry control boards and components.
If the dishwasher control board is malfunctioning, it may keep running and running.
How do I fix that? If it takes a long time but does seem to be progressing through the cycle, switch to a short cycle and see if it finishes.
If it does not finish, turn it off. If it does not seem to finish, I don’t know what to do about it.
Long term, power cycle it if just turning it off doesn’t work.
At the power breaker, if the on off button is not good enough. I never thought my home appliances would become smart enough to need reboots like my gaming consoles. If the dishwasher uses a sensor to determine when the dishes are clean and that sensor is malfunctioning, the unit may run continuously.
And unlike a flame sensor, I cannot fix that by cleaning it. You might be able to solve that by cleaning the dishwasher drain cover so it can actually wash the filth down the drain. Assuming that’s the cause.
If the water inlet valve is not working right, the unit may spend way too long trying to fill before it runs. The only thing worse than that is if it does not work at all. If the motors are burned out, it may seem to be running but it is only trying to run, because something is not running.
Run that by me again.