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Melted electrical wires on dishwasher

After inspecting why my dishwasher Kenmore model 665 15834000 was blowing house circuit, I found the wires leading in to the dishwasher were burned and melted. What caused this and is it worth the cost of having a repair person look at it vs buying a new dishwasher. (apx $400.00 more or less?)

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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

This is not an uncommon occurrence. If there is a loose or dirty connection inside the wire nuts the current/amperage draw flowing through the connections will create heat and eventually cause the wire nuts and wires to get hot and loose connections. If you can cut off the burnt ends of the wires and trim the insulation off and reconnect the wires using new wire nuts; your dishwasher will likely operate normally. Just because this happened does not mean there is something wrong with the dishwasher. Age is not always deciding factor in replacing a dishwasher. It's the cost of the repair and the overall condition of the dishwasher is the deciding factor in my opinion.

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.
by Joey S Earned 1,944 community points in Kenmore
January 4th, 2012
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