This blog post addresses two KitchenAid dishwasher error codes: F5E1 and F5E2. Both codes indicate problems with the door switch, a component that signals to the dishwasher control unit whether the door is open or closed.

KitchenAid Dishwasher F5E1 and F5E2 Error Codes
KitchenAid Dishwasher F5E1 and F5E2 Error Codes: Fix It Now!

Understanding the KitchenAid Dishwasher F5E1 and F5E2 Error Codes

  • F5E1: Door Switch Stuck Open Error: The dishwasher thinks the door is always open, even when it’s closed.
  • F5E2: Door Switch Stuck Closed Error: The dishwasher thinks the door is always closed, even when it’s open.

Troubleshooting Steps:

  1. Inspect the Door Lock: Begin by visually checking the door lock for any damage or misalignment that might prevent the door from closing or opening fully. Fix any broken parts or realign components as needed.
  2. Verify Door Closure: Make sure the door is firmly shut and try running a cycle. Sometimes, a slightly ajar door can trigger these error codes.
  3. Test the Door Switch (with Multimeter): [If you’re comfortable with using a multimeter] Unplug the dishwasher and disconnect the door switch connector from the control board. Use a multimeter to measure the resistance between the door switch terminals. With the door closed, the reading should be close to 0 ohms (ideally between 0-0.1 ohm). A significantly different reading or no reading at all suggests a faulty door switch.
  4. Check Wiring: Inspect the wires, connectors, and harness connected to the door switch for any signs of damage or loose connections. Secure any loose connections and replace damaged wires or connectors.
  5. Door Switch Replacement: If the problem persists after checking the lock, resistance, and wiring, replacing the door switch might be necessary.
  6. Main Control Board (if all else fails): If the issue continues even after replacing the door switch, it could indicate a problem with the main control board. Replacing the main control board might be necessary at this point, but consult a qualified appliance repair person for this step.

By following these steps, you should be able to identify and fix the door switch problem causing the F5E1 or F5E2 error code in your KitchenAid dishwasher.

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