Why your Dishwasher may be Turning itself on (+What to do)

Though probably not common, there’ve been incidents where a dishwasher starts a wash cycle apparently without any user intervention – spooky? Definitely!

If you’re reading this then its probably because you’ve experienced something similar with your own dishwasher.

This post aims to provide answers to puzzling questions such as what might be causing this and how you may be able to fix it.

2 Likely Reasons your Dishwasher may be Turning on by itself (Suggested fixes)

if the dishwasher starts on its own, it might be because:

#1. The start button may have been pressed unintentionally as you pass by, possibly your pet pressing against the control panel. It is definitely worth double-checking this.

Monitor the dishwasher operation over a few days to see if there’s repeat. It might just be a one-off occurrence.

#2. The dishwasher control panel or buttons may be malfunctioning. Check if any water may have spilled on the dishwasher control panel recently. Or, is the dishwasher control panel exposed to moisture? Are the control panel buttons clean?

Moisture, dirt can all interfere with the control panel buttons sometimes resulting in erratic, unpredictable behavior,

If there’ve been any spills on the control panel, immediately switch off the dishwasher and allow the control panel to dry out completely.

Once dry, check if there’s a repeat of the dishwasher starting off on its own again.

In addition to exposure to moisture or water, the control panel can also fail on its own and require a replacement for the dishwasher to resume normal operation.

Alwys compare the part and labor costs against purchasing a new dishwasher with a warranty.

Related Questions

What Causes a Dishwasher to Start Randomly (+Possible Fixes)?

If the dishwasher keeps starting randomly it may have a faulty control board. As an interim step, you can power it down (disconnect it from a wall outlet) for some 20 minutes to conduct a reset. Check if this clears the problem.

You could also leave the dishwasher door slightly open as a temporary fix to stop the dishwasher from starting.

Consider replacing the control board and checking if this clears the problem. Always check the part and labor costs against purchasing a new dishwasher with a warranty before you decide on the repair option.

Closing Thoughts

If the dishwasher starts on its own it may be because the start button may have been accidentally pressed or it could be that the control board is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Check the parts and labor costs against purchasing a new dishwasher with a warranty before you decide on the repair option.

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