Amana Dishwasher Not Working: How to Fix

You can’t afford to miss out on using your Amana Dishwasher. Not when it helps wash your dishes and save you time to engage in other important and productive things.

If your Amana Dishwasher is not working, you don’t need to return to put on rubber gloves and use a sponge again for washing. What you need are the right how-to-fix tips to get it up and running again.

This article will erase your worries and ease your stress, as it addresses simple and effective ways of troubleshooting your Amana dishwasher problem.

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Are you ready? Let’s get started.

Amana Dishwasher Not Working: Likely Causes

Amana dishwashers are great and reliable appliances. If yours is not working, then there’s a problem somewhere. Below are some possible reasons why your Amana dishwasher is not working or starting.

  • Incorrect Power Supply
  • The door is not correctly locked.
  • The control lock is turned on
  • Sleep mode or delay start activated.
  • Incorrect openings of water faucets.

Amana Dishwasher Not Working: How To Fix

There are many possible reasons your Amana dishwasher is not working. To solve the problem, you have to check every possible component that can cause it. You can follow the troubleshooting guides as stated below.

Check Power Supply

If power or electricity isn’t entering into the dishwasher or not entering correctly, it definitely will not work. You have to double-check to be sure the power supply is stable in the dishwasher. You can follow the guide below.

  • Switch off your dishwasher and unplug the cord.
  • Plug it back again, this time correctly. Ensure the socket is working fine. You can plug in another appliance to be sure.
  • If your dishwasher uses a direct wire, ensure it’s connected correctly.
  • Check the household electrical box, circuit breaker, and fuses too.
  • If the voltage is low, it might be the reason the dishwasher is not working.

Check The Door

If your dishwasher door is not locked correctly or latched, it might prevent it from working or starting an operation. You should check all the door parts to determine what might be preventing it from closing correctly. Even when it looks closed physically, if the machine doesn’t detect it’s locked well, it won’t work well.

If it’s flashing the Start/Resume light, it means the door wasn’t closed well within 3 seconds of pressing the Start/Resume button. You should open the door and close it well before pressing the button.

You can check other door components as follow:

  • Inspect the door switch units, and check the voltages and continuity with a voltage checker. If there’s a fault, you might need to replace it.
  • Check that the lower disk rack is not installed backward, as this could prevent the door from latching correctly.
  • Inspect the door latch and the wiring harness. If there’s visible damage, replace it.
  • Close the door properly and make sure the hinges align perfectly. If any hinge is bent, faulty, or defective, replace it.

Disable The Control Lock

The control lock feature protects against accidental dishwasher use, unwanted cycle, or option changes within a process. When the feature is activated, the light will flash for a short period, and the dishwasher buttons will be disabled. The light will flash about three times when you press any buttons. The lock can prevent the machine from starting any cycle when it’s activated. You can disable it with the steps below:

  • Disable the sleep mode with the Cancel or Start/Resume button.
  • Then press and hold the lock button for more than 3 seconds to switch off the control lock feature. The light will turn off, and the feature will be disabled.
  • If that doesn’t work, you should close the door before turning off the control lock feature.

Disable The Delay Wash Option

A Delay Wash feature is used to schedule the dishwasher to work at a later time or period, such as an off-peak electrical hour. If it’s activated, the dishwasher will not work until the set time has been reached. You should check your dishwasher to see if it’s turned on, thereby preventing the dishwasher from working. You can disable the feature by pressing the Cancel/Drain buttons. Afterward, press the Start/Resume button to start the desired cycle.

Check The Water Supply

If the dishwasher isn’t getting water or the water is not filled enough, it won’t work because its entire functionality depends on water. Ensure you turn on the water supply correctly.  Check both the water supply faucets and the inlet valve and be sure they are opened.

Check Dishwasher Timer

Your dishwasher has a timer that allows power flow to certain parts of the dishwasher at specific times. When the timer is faulty, no voltage will be sent to the dishwasher and thus prevent it from startup. You need to check the timer for damages so you can replace it. You can test for continuity using a multimeter. If it’s faulty, then replace it.

Check Thermal Fuse

There’s a thermal fuse in your dishwasher that disconnects the power supply to the dishwasher when there’s overheating. Suppose the thermal fuse blows, and the dishwasher won’t startup or operate. You can also check the thermal fuse for continuity by using a multimeter. If the thermal fuse is faulty, you will have to replace it. You can call a professional for assistance.

Reset The Dishwasher

If at this stage, the dishwasher isn’t still working, then you should consider resetting it. Like a computer, a dishwasher reset can solve most issues. You can follow the simple steps below to reset your Amana dishwasher.

  • Switch off your dishwasher and disconnect from the power source. If the dishwasher is hardwired, switch off the breaker at the house’s electrical panel.
  • Allow it to rest for about 2 minutes
  • Plug it back in and restart the cycle

Contact Manufacturer’s Support

Have you done a reset and other troubleshooting tips we provided above? Is your dishwasher still not working? If the answer is Yes, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your manufacturer’s support for more diagnoses. Amana customer support is available 24/7 to render their help.


  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.