Vintage KitchenAid dishwasher has quit--how to check if timer has failed??
Model Number: KDS-17a Brand:
Kitchen Aid Age:
More than 10 years
I have an old (avocado green!) KitchenAid Superba KDS-17a, from the mid-'70s. It has been running great, but stopped midway through the rinse cycle yesterday, with some water still in the tub. Now I can't get it to do anything--there is no response at all to the cancel/drain button or any of the cycle buttons. No sound, no lights, no draining or filling; nothing.
It is almost as if there is no power running to the dishwasher, but there is--an A/C detector shows power to some of the wires behind the lower panel of the dishwasher. So power is getting to the machine.
I have checked a few switches (on the door and latch) to make sure they're still good, and they are. And I checked the button panel too, by testing for continuity according to a list of which pairs of contacts should have continuity when each button is pushed--all OK.
So now I'm wondering: is it the timer? Could a failed timer result in a broken electrical connection inside the machine? And how can I check to make sure it is the timer?
Thank you for any suggestions!