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Post# 959209   9/26/2017 at 07:45 (361 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

My Inglis power clean machine that I did a Legends series on has been acting quite strange lately. At first, the hi temp cycle would always hang up during the heating delay. After checking both the thermostat AND element, all worked fine. Shortly after that, the during the prewash cycle it would switch between wash, delay, wash, pause, wash all within one timer increment.

Suspecting I had dirty terminals on the timer I decided it would be worth while taking it out and cleaning it. This is what I've discovered. Three wires on the harness arced out. The wires are brittle and crisp, the timer itself doesn't look too bad on the terminals, but the harness is such a mess I decided to just take the machine out of service. I highly doubt that I can find a harness or even the pin connector for it, so I may just part it out and call it a day.

Poor machine, she was such a good one too.

Post# 959210 , Reply# 1   9/26/2017 at 07:46 (361 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

What replaced it will be apart of the next Legends series.

Post# 959227 , Reply# 2   9/26/2017 at 09:32 (361 days old) by pumpkina (California)        

You're talking about a dishwasher, right?

What is the cause of the arcing out?

Post# 959289 , Reply# 3   9/26/2017 at 15:13 (361 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Unwanted Resistive Heating

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Usually caused by high current, such as that found in the heater circuit.

Unfortunately, the connectors suffer through time, from corrosion and general slackness. This increases the resistance at that point, which then creates unwanted heat with associated melting and charring.

A similar event can happen with printed circuit boards, again usually the heater circuit, but this time the relay on the pcb might have a melted solder connection, or the copper tracks on the pcb itself might have blown.

Unwanted resistive heating can lead to appliance fires.

Post# 959307 , Reply# 4   9/26/2017 at 16:57 (361 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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They were likely near the current limit for those particular terminals in the harness. Get a little moisture there and some thermal cycling and the connector starts to build a little resistance. Now it gets hot and increases the thermal cycling and degradation. It is a run away failure.

Of course this is of no help now that the connector is destroyed, but had this product been brushed on those connectors years ago, the connector would never fail. I've been using this stuff religiously on electrical connections since I learned of it in 30 years ago. Amazing the condition it keeps connections in.

Post# 959317 , Reply# 5   9/26/2017 at 17:48 (361 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that looks like cool stuff Phil......

I can protect my electrical connections and do my nails all at the same time.....good deal!

Post# 959337 , Reply# 6   9/26/2017 at 20:27 (360 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Burned quick disconnect timer terminals

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This can be fixed if you can find a good timer for the dishwasher, replace the timer and take three leads with the correct little terminals on them and just place it into the harness, you can carefully Cut away the damaged part of the black connector block.

We do this type of repair all the time and it will last a long time, if you use the material Phil suggested it'll probably last far longer than it did the first time.

Post# 959371 , Reply# 7   9/27/2017 at 03:42 (360 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

I've had to do similar repairs on some vacuums I have, but with this machine I doubt I'll be able to find a timer and new harness connector (however cutting the damaged section is an idea). Being a Canadian machine sometimes makes parts harder to find.

Post# 959374 , Reply# 8   9/27/2017 at 06:05 (360 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I am certainly glad to hear that Powerclean was not a dog.

Post# 959393 , Reply# 9   9/27/2017 at 08:40 (360 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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here is a link where you might find the part your looking for to fix your inglis powerclean dishwasher depending on the model?

Post# 959407 , Reply# 10   9/27/2017 at 10:33 (360 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

The timers part number is 20083477. I cant find anything on eBay or any appliance parts website. Ill hold off for about four months and if by then theres no timer, I think I may just part the machine out.

Post# 959453 , Reply# 11   9/27/2017 at 15:09 (360 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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have it rebuilt????

Post# 959454 , Reply# 12   9/27/2017 at 15:18 (360 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Greg, you saved the day.

Post# 959499 , Reply# 13   9/27/2017 at 19:52 (360 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Potato, that's what killed my KM PowerClean!

Post# 959516 , Reply# 14   9/27/2017 at 23:30 (359 days old) by 114jwh (Vancouver)        

Hey Kevin

I think those part numbers that start with 200 are true Canadian Inglis part numbers that were eventually renumbered when WP took over. There is probably an equivalent WP/FSP part number, you'd just need to figure out what it subs to or what the equivalent was. Funny though, I do see it still listed on the Amre website but at an extravagant price (but doesn't list a sub).

But....those Inglis/WP/KM DW's tend to show up on CL etc (at least around here), sometimes for pretty cheap when someones just doing a reno. I bet you could find a parts machine if you kept your eyes open.

Good Luck!


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