What if a Kenmore Dishwasher Won't Turn On?

The Kenmore Company manufactures several different types of dishwashers, including drawer, portable and built-in styles, with a variety of options including Energy Star rating, large tubs, water and energy sensors, as well as sound insulation.

Even though most Kenmore dishwashers should function well under most circumstances, issues may occasionally occur, such as problems with turning on the dishwasher. Performing some troubleshooting steps may help to identify the source of a problem and offer potential solutions.

Ensure the Kenmore dishwasher is connected to a working, grounded power supply and the power cord is firmly plugged into the dishwasher and the outlet.

Reset local circuit breakers or replace fuses if a power outage has recently occurred.

Open and shut the dishwasher door firmly.

Press the "Power" button or select a wash cycle and press "Start." Some dishwashers appear to be turned off but simply need to be started to power on.

Contact an authorized service technician for assistance if the above steps do not resolve the problem, as there may be an issue with the dishwasher's wiring or timing switch that will require professional service.

Things You Will Need

  • Power supply
  • Access to household fuse(s) and/or circuit breaker(s)

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.