Electrolux Dishwasher likely thermostat issue and charred wiring


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Old 04-14-20, 06:40 AM
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Electrolux Dishwasher likely thermostat issue and charred wiring

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I have en Electrolux dishwasher, model number FFBD2408NS6C. Dishes were not drying, and there had been a bit of mold. No error codes or blinking lights were displayed. I believed it was possibly a faulty heating elememnt, as it never got hot, it has likely been that for quite some time, at the very leasy eight months, if not longer. My girlfriend has the same model of dishwasher and it's element does work, it is extemely hot after the washer stops.

I ordered a new element and decided to try and fit it today. Before pulling the element out, as I had the dishwasher pulled out, I thought I'd have a general look underneath. That's when I discovered a charred wire, melted connector on the high limit thermostat (part number 154642901). I'm going to take a guess that might be the actual reason for the lack of heat from the element.

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Getting a replacement thermostat is simple, as it replacing the thermostat.

The charred wire / metled connector is a bigger concern for me for a few reasons:

1. I'm now very concerned about using the dish washer. I know, I know, it has been working, bar the heating, for quite some time, but I don't want a fire. Just being a worrier!

2. Should I just disconnect the charred wire / connector and just use the dishwasher. Something tells me it'd work as well as it has been, as the thermometer is probably fried, and may not have any electiricty flowing through it, so unplugging it would be the same as leaving it connected perhaps?

3. What is the name for the connector? Where could I get one from, and how easy is it to wire up this connector? There does seem to be enough slack on the wire to cut and fix a new one. Would it be best to just call someone out to fix it for me?

Thanks for any advice!
 
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Old 04-14-20, 09:50 AM
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That's caused by loose terminals. I replace them with good crimp on terminals.

1/4" (16-14) Nylon insulated female disconnect crimp terminal (blue)
You need to get the best terminals you can. I use T&B crimps that I bulk from suppliers.
The crimp terminals you get must fit tightly on the thermal sensor.

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Thank you for your very quick and excellent advice.
If I may be so bold, do you also have a recommendation for a crimper that a newbie like myself could use to crimp those on.
 
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Old 04-14-20, 11:09 AM
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I don't know what stores you have available there. The Home Depots carry several decent crimping tools.
 
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Thanks, I'll have a search on their website.
 
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Old 04-14-20, 01:53 PM
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I like Klein tools and that is the crimp tool I use. However it's in the $50+ range. If you like investing in tools it's a good investment. Depot offers a similar tool for less and it's in the link below. It says for non-insulated crimp terminals but it will work fine on both insulated and non insulated crimp terminals.

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