samsung dishwasher power button not working

When the Samsung dishwasher power button not working, we can’t quite assume what’s wrong at the start.

This is why we’ve prepared a guide that will surely answer some of your questions and troubleshoot the power button efficiently!

When the power button of your Samsung dishwasher is not working, power cycle the machine first and ensure that the power supply is intact.

Moving on, ensure the control board is error-free, inspect the door switch for issues and factory reset the dishwasher.

Let’s keep reading to unwrap more!

Why Are Samsung Dishwasher Power Button Not Working?

why samsung dishwasher buttons not working

Here are the reasons causing issues with your dishwasher’s power button:

  1. Power supply issue with the dishwasher
  2. Error code as a result of a hardware fault
  3. Problems with the door or door switch
  4. Damaged Samsung dishwasher wiring
  5. Damaged dishwasher touchpad
  6. Malfunction with the control board

Is There An Error Code?

Since many Samsung dishwashers have a display, check if your dishwasher is displaying an error code.

This will tell you a lot about the state of the dishwasher and the ongoing issue!

Error:3C1E,IE4C, 4E5C, 5E9E
Pump Error Clogged FilterWater Supply ErrorDrain ErrorLow Water Level 

Info: Though there is no error designed to alert for power button issues, those are the possible problems that could occur with the Samsung dishwasher!

Samsung Dishwasher Buttons Not Working8 Ways to Fix!

Note: Follow our steps in chronological order!

1. Long-Press the Power Button

long press the power button

Holding the power button for a prolonged period of time will verify that the pressure plate of the button is not stuck or obstructed.

If there’s debris inside of the button’s mechanism, it’s likely that it will not respond to light or short presses.

  • Press and hold the dishwasher’s power button for 15-20 seconds!
Info: It’s also important to check whether there is something obstructing the free movement of the power button. 

Take a closer look to identify any hardly visible button faults.

2. Power Cycle the Dishwasher

If the issue is with the dishwasher’s power supply, we recommend the power cycle.

power cycle the dishwasher

This simple plug-unplug process is an advanced type of reboot that helps with deeper appliance issues. If your Samsung dishwasher won’t start up at all, that is the best way to proceed.

Follow these steps to power cycle your Samsung dishwasher:

  1. Press the power button of the dishwasher for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Unplug the power cord of the dishwasher from the electrical outlet.
  3. Wait for up to 5 minutes, while the Samsung dishwasher is unplugged.
  4. Reconnect the power cable of the device back into the electrical outlet.
Info: Immediately after plugging the dishwasher into power, press and hold the power button to test whether the machine will now start.

3. Check the Door Switch

check the door switch

Your Samsung dishwasher will neither start a cleaning cycle nor startup at all in some cases if the door is not closed all the way.

The protective mechanism of the door switch prevents flooding events by restricting the cleaning cycle when the door switch of the dishwasher is not closed!

Here’s how to check your Samsung dishwasher’s door switch:

  1. Open the dishwasher’s door all the way.
  2. Locate the screws on the door’s sides.
  3. Undo all the screws on the dishwasher door.
  4. Separate the two door panels from one another.
  5. Check if the door switch is broken or installed incorrectly.

Obstructed Door Switch?

The door switch is the meeting (contact) point of the door with the dishwasher.

When the door is not closed, you should check for any obstructions on the door switch that are preventing the door from clicking in.

  • Inspect the door switch and remove/clean any obstructions or debris!
Note: If you’ve had the dishwasher for a long time, it’s possible that the door switch broke so there are replacements available for purchase online.

4. Clean the Control Panel

clean the control panel

Dust accumulation or too much dirt/grime piling up in the control panel’s mechanism may prevent your Samsung dishwasher from starting up.

To resolve the issue, clean the control panel using non-abusive chemicals!

What Cleaning Material to Use for Cleaning?

It’s effective to use:

  • A soft cloth with water
  • Mild cleaning solution
  • Soap water

You should avoid using:

  • Scouring pads
  • Harsh Chemicals
  • Abrasive cleaners

How to Clean Samsung Dishwasher Control Panel?

  1. Unplug the dishwasher from power.
  2. Apply the cleaning solution to the cleaning cloth.
  3. Clean the surface of the control board thoroughly.
Alert: Do not scour the surface of the board too hard or you may end up damaging it!

5. Use a Different Power Source

use a different power source

If the power source of your Samsung dishwasher could no longer emit power, you will be unable to turn on the appliance.

In such a case, you must connect the power cable of the Samsung dishwasher to a different (functional) power source and then test the power button.

Tip: If your dishwasher power cord’s length is insufficient to reach a different electrical outlet, we recommend a power cord extender. 

This will allow you to test the outlet from a different fuse.

6. Check for a Tripped Circuit Breaker

Samsung dishwashers are designed to be connected to a dedicated circuit, within the breaker panel.

check for a tripped circuit breaker

Through there, you will be able to control the power of the dishwasher and turn the device ON/OFF, as this also resets the dishwasher.

  • Open the breaker box and check if a tripper with a “dishwasher” exists!

About Samsung Dishwasher Circuit Breaker

If the installation of your Samsung dishwasher required a circuit breaker installation, then technicians came to your house to set up the dishwasher for you.

There should be a circuit within the breaker panel labeled “dishwasher” that controls the power of the device.

How to Reset Samsung Dishwasher Circuit Breaker?

  • Turn off the power to the Samsung dishwasher by disabling the circuit breaker for 15-20 seconds. Keep the breaker’ switch at “OFF” and slowly turn it to “ON”.
Alert: Before disabling the power of the Samsung dishwasher, make sure that the device is unplugged.

7. Inspect the Power Button Wire (Hardware)

inspect the power button wire

In your Samsung dishwasher’s hardware, there’s a wire connecting the power button to the control panel.

If the wire is damaged, loose, or disconnected, the dishwasher will not recognize any presses on the power button.

Here’s how to access and inspect the power button wire easily:

  1. Open the door of the dishwasher all the way.
  2. Undo the screws and separate the door panels.
  3. Unclog the control panel from the installment slot.
  4. Lift the control panel slowly, without damaging the wire.
  5. Unplug the power button wire from the control panel.

How to Check the Power Button Wire for Damages?

Primarily watch out for the following damages:

  • Rips
  • Cuts
  • Live wires
Alert: If the wire coming out of your Samsung dishwasher’s control panel is really damaged badly, contact a Samsung technician for a replacement of the control panel.

8. Examine the Main Control Board (Hardware)

examine the main control board

If your Samsung dishwasher’s main control board has gone faulty (or the wires connected to it), the whole power supply of the dishwasher may be restricted.

To inspect if there’s a hardware fault with your Samsung dishwasher, you must take out the main board and examine it for faults.

Follow these steps to access and inspect the main control board of the dishwasher:

  1. Unplug the power adapter cable of your Samsung dishwasher.
  2. Turn off the power to the appliance from the circuit breaker.
  3. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to undo the bottom panel.
  4. Take out the panel by unclogging it from the hooks.
  5. Using the same screwdriver, remove the control board panel.
  6. Disconnect all of the wires connected to the control board.
  7. Take out the main control board from the safety compartment.
  8. Check the main control board for visual hardware damage.
Note: You should be on alert for damages on the main control board, such as blown-out condensers and capacitors. 

Such faults should be immediately reported to Samsung!

Still, Need Help?

Search for more solutions at Samsung’s dedicated Dishwasher Support Page available on their official website.

Perhaps, you should also seek assistance from a third-party technician close to your neighborhood to examine the dishwasher for hardware issues!

Quick Recap:

Thus, the best fix to the “Samsung dishwasher power button not working” problem, is to long-press the power button and power cycle the appliance.

If the issue persists, connect the Samsung dishwasher to a different electrical outlet and factory reset the device!

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Nicole B