whirlpool dishwashers

Information about the problems and breakdowns of Whirlpool dishwashers that were reported from 1988 to 2022.

Common problems: burning, cleaning program, electrical, fire, leaking, overheating, sharp edges, short circuit, smoke.

Faulty modules: buttons, control board, dispenser, door, door latch, fan, heating element, motor, pump, rack.


4 safety recalls announced

Whirlpool Corporation Announce Recall of Dishwashers

  • Date: 2/25/2005

Name of product: Whirlpool and Kenmore brand dishwashers. An electrical defect within the dishwashers' wash motor wiring poses a risk of the motor overheating and possibly catching fire. The recalled products are Whirlpool brand and Kenmore brand (made by Whirlpool Corporation) under-the-counter, plastic tall tub dishwashers. The dishwashers come with black, white, biscuit, or stainless front panels.

Dishwasher Model Number Correction for Whirlpool Modification

  • Date: 8/17/1988

Two model numbers for Whirlpool Dishwashers in a CPSC news release dated August 2, 1988 announcing a modification program to prevent fires were incorrectly reported. The incorrect model numbers cited were DU900XR-0 and DU900XR-1. The correct model numbers are DU9000XR-0 and DU9000XR-1, in addition to model numbers DU7400XS-0, DU7600XS-0, and DU7800XS-0. A modification program involving five Whirlpool undercounter dishwasher models: DU400XS-O, DU7600XS-O, DU800XS-O, DU9000XR-O and DU9000XR-1. The pushbutton selector switch on these models could, under a specific set of conditions, catch fire.

Dishwasher Recalled by Whirlpool

  • Date: 5/29/1996

Voluntary recall of approximately 500,000 Whirlpool and Kenmore brand dishwashers. Wiring in the door latch may overheat and catch fire. Whirlpool has received 20 claims of property damage. The dishwashers sold nationwide from June, 1991 through October, 1992 for $350 to $475. About half of the dishwashers were sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. Affected Whirlpool brand dishwashers have model numbers beginning with DU8, DP8, DU9 and GDP, such as DU8700XY-1. Affected Kenmore dishwashers have model numbers beginning with 665, such as 665.1665591. In addition to model numbers, both Whirlpool and Kenmore have serial numbers ranging from FA2400000 through FA5299999 or from FB0100000 through FB1899999.

Whirlpool Will Retrofit Below-Counter Dishwashers

  • Date: 7/3/1989

According to Whirlpool, the undercounter dishwashers to be modified are models DU7400-O, DU7600XS-0, DU9000XR-0, and DU9000XR-1. The model and serial number may be found on a plate on the right front edge of the tub after the door is opened. The appliances were sold after February, 1986. The company said it was issuing a second recall notice to homeowners in the tri-state area because of poor consumer response to its first recall notice in August, 1988. The pushbutton switch may short-circuit and could cause a fire; forty-five such fires have been reported to Whirlpool, nine of which spread outside the appliance.

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153 issues reported

Whirlpool GU1108XTLB0

  • Date: 6/11/2013

After starting dishwasher there was a burning plastic smell. Consumer's wife opened dishwasher door & unit kept running & smoke was coming out of the vents at the top of the door. Consumer turned off circuit breaker. Circuit board was scorched & burnt with melted connectors.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLQ1

  • Date: 9/6/2014

The consumer reports that they started a load of dishes and the door of the dishwasher started to emit smoke. Flames were also visible. He opened the dishwasher door, but the sprayer did not stop so he threw the breaker which stopped things.

Whirlpool MDB7959SHZ

  • Date: 3/13/2021

The Consumer, 29, reported that their dishwasher emits smoke and acrid burning smell when using the quick and dry function. She stated that she suffered from breathing issues even after opening all windows in house and running house fan. Nothing is touching the heating coil.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU2400XPT3

  • Date: 7/14/2011

Consumer reports fire loss in the dishwasher, including electrical damage to micro switch door latch.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1100XTLQ1

  • Date: 4/8/2011


Whirlpool DU 9700XY-1

  • Date: 4/17/2011

Every few months the dishwasher smells of hot electrical wiring melting. it was discovered that the door safety switch & wiring had gotten very hot & burned out the door safety switch on 4 occasion & on 2 occasions burnt the stab-on wire connector off the wire.

Whirlpool Gold Series

  • Date: 5/4/2011

Consumer reports that there was a fire in the dishwasher. The consumer was in the kitchen and noticed smoke coming from the unit. The consumer opened the door and it stopped producing smoke. Strong and persitent odor of burned plastic and insulation in the area.

Whirlpool DU940QWDB6

  • Date: 5/22/2011

consumer reported that Dishwasher smelled like burnt plastic.

Whirlpool Quiet Wash Plus DU929PFGQ2

  • Date: 7/1/2011

The dishwasher caught fire while it was not being used. It appears as if the fire was caused by an issue with the control panel on the front door.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III GU2500XTP81

  • Date: 8/26/2011

41 YOF's dishwasher overheated, smoked and flames came out of button input area.

Whirlpool DU1145XTPBA

  • Date: 9/5/2011

Consumer reports that a bad seal in the dishwasher pump caused a slow leak in and under the kitchen and resulted a about $15,000 to $25,000 worth of damage.

Whirlpool GU2548XTPQ3

  • Date: 9/7/2011

10 minutes after dishwasher was started there was smoke filling room & sparks & flames were coming from top of front latch & electrical panel. 51 YOM turned it off by using main control panel. Dishwasher’s door had popped open & water was on floor.

Whirlpool Partner IV GU1500XTKQO

  • Date: 9/13/2011

Consumer reported the dishwasher caught on fire. Owner smelled something electrical from the dishwasher. The heating element & soap dispenser were replaced by a technician. Two years later,owner heard a crackly noise & saw flames/ smoke coming out of the unit's control panel.

Whirlpool DU811SWPQ0

  • Date: 10/11/2011

Dishwasher was turned on. 3 min later 26 YOF opened dishwasher door & smock was coming out & she smelt something burning. When she started another load, unit started making noises & she opened it up. There was smoke coming out & she noticed couple burn marks.

Whirlpool DU1148XTPB1

  • Date: 10/29/2011

Consumer reports that while the dishwasher was running on normal wash cycle, during the drying segment the control panel's circuit board got so hot that it melted a hole in the board, causing smell and smoke of melted plastic throughout the house.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner II

  • Date: 11/5/2011

Consumer reports that after the dishwasher was started it began smoking and throwing sparks from the face of the unit where the control panel is located while still running. Consumer says they shut the breaker off which stopped the sparks and smoke.

Whirlpool GU1500XTKS0

  • Date: 11/19/2011

Consumer reports that the dishwasher control panel randomly caught fire not too long after starting a load of dishes, with smoke from the front panel filling the kitchen. Consumer says took the front panel apart and found the circuit board and connectors were melted & black.

Whirlpool GU1500XTKQ0

  • Date: 11/25/2011

Consumer reports that the dishwasher's control board caught fire.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1500XTLQ16

  • Date: 12/20/2011

Consumer says he heard a "pop" sound from the dishwasher, then noticed a burning smell and saw smoke emitting from teh control panel. He says the dishwasher could not be turned off from teh control panel or by opening the door, he had to flip the breaker to stop the machine.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner DU1015XTXQ3

  • Date: 12/27/2011

Consumer reports that while the brand new dishwasher during its first use was running a normal cycle with heated dry/high temperature, burning smell and smoke emitted from machine and then it powered off. Consumer says the machine no longer turns on.

Whirlpool GU 1200xtls2

  • Date: 1/5/2012

while in use dishwasher caught fire. consumer heard what sounded like electrical sizzle sounds. consumer turned off the power breaker & Within a few moments the blaze had died down.

Whirlpool DU915PWPSO

  • Date: 1/16/2012

Several minutes after dishwasher was in use, electrical fire started in its control panel area. Consumer found that burned "microtemp" switch on heavy gauge tan color wire & between switch & same wire was melted & burned its connection to circuit board.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III GU2400XTPS1

  • Date: 1/25/2012

A 33 YOF report that while a dishwasher was running, a large pop & flash was noticed from kitchen & black smoke was pouring out of the control panel. Power was cut to the unit & the fire stopped. The control panel had caught fire & the initiation point was the P7 connector.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLQ0

  • Date: 1/26/2012

65 YOM was awoken to smell of burning electrical & found dishwasher running. He opened its door, but unit continued to run. Finally he turned it off by switching off breaker. He found that control panel inside door charred & nearly burned. Wiring harness also burned.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPS3

  • Date: 1/27/2012

Consumer reports that the dishwasher caught on fire while midway through the wash cycle, filling the house with smoke. Consumer says there was a loud buzzing noise followed by black smoke pouring out of the top of the dishwasher where the electronic controls are.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1200XTKS0

  • Date: 2/3/2012

Consumer reports that she heard a pop and saw sparks by the upper right-hand corner of the dishwasher which was followed by smoke coming out of the unit. Consumer says she opened the door and smelled strong burnt odor coming from the door.

Whirlpool DU920PFGG2

  • Date: 2/3/2012

Consumer reports that the dishwasher's control panel started smoking out the vent.

Whirlpool DU920DFGG0

  • Date: 2/13/2012

The consumer stated that her under the counter dishwasher poses a potential fire hazard as the dishwasher began to smoke while it was in the normal cycle. She stopped the smoke by opening the unit. The consumer has been experiencing these sporadic issues for the last 3 yrs.

Whirlpool DUD945PWSQO

  • Date: 2/22/2012

Consumer stated that dishwasher was in normal cycle for about hour before incident took place. Consumer opened door of it & saw water at bottom of dishwasher & found dishwasher inoperable. Consumer found that there was burned wires in box of electrical socket.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III GU 2500XTPQ1

  • Date: 2/23/2012

Consumer reports that he turned the dishwasher on and left for work, and on return the whole house was smelling like burned plastic with fumes coming from the dishwasher which would no longer turn on. He says some control panel malfunction caused the fire & burned wires.

Whirlpool DU1050XTPT3

  • Date: 3/13/2012

Dishwasher began to catch fire after it was in a cycle for 30 minutes. Consumer stated that fire smoke timed itself out & did not further damage consumer’s home. She was not harmed or injured by the product.

Whirlpool GU2500

  • Date: 3/20/2012

3 times dishwasher tripped circuit breaker. Consumer attempted to use dishwasher, but it wouldn't come on. She looked at circuit breaker & noticed that one of breakers was tripped. She turned it back on & unit started. Technician is replacing wire harness.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner II DU1055XTVS

  • Date: 3/22/2012

Consumer reports that the dishwasher had an electrical short somewhere near the power cord inside the unit causing a burning wire smell that filled the whole house. Consumer says the unit was only plugged in and was not in use at the time, and had not been used in 3 months.

Whirlpool GU2275XTVB1

  • Date: 3/25/2012

Consumer's dishwasher started emitting burning plastic smell during normal cycle. She opened windows & moved 2 small children upstairs away from smell. She went to turn unit off & discovered that circuit breaker already tripped. Husband found charred wiring underneath unit.

Whirlpool GU1200XTL

  • Date: 4/6/2012

Consumer reports that within 15 mins of turning on the dishwasher in normal cycle there was smoke coming from the control panel. He hit the cancel button and opened the door, but unit didn't stop operating. There was heat damage to the door panel and soot on the control panel

Whirlpool DU1100XTPQ3

  • Date: 4/26/2012

Consumer stated that the dishwasher had stopped in mid-cycle & control panel indicated the clean cycle light. He discovered that the control board had malfunction because the electrical components were charred & melted. There was a built-in safety device, it failed as well.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU2500XTPT6

  • Date: 5/10/2012

Dishwasher started smoking white & then browning smoke during the first 5-6 minutes of running.

Whirlpool DU1055XTPBO

  • Date: 5/24/2012

while dishwasher was in use, consumer noticed smoke coming out of the control panel & top of dishwasher. Consumer turned the dishwasher off, opened the door & it was not off although turned off at button & was spraying water all over the kitchen. consumer unplugged the unit.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPS3

  • Date: 5/27/2012

Dishwasher caught fire during use & emitted smoke out of the top with a loud bang & flash of light. A 54 YOM was unable to stop it operating by using the stop/cancel button. He had to turn off the breaker in order to shut it off. The unit's model had been recalled earlier.


  • Date: 6/5/2012

Consumer stated that dishwasher caught on fire

Whirlpool DU810SWPU3

  • Date: 6/6/2012

53 YOM's & 52 YOF's dishwasher started smoking and emitting fumes.

Whirlpool DU1050XTPS3

  • Date: 7/2/2012

Dishwasher started to emit burning plastic smell & tripped designated circuit breaker. After disconnecting dishwasher, consumer disassembled front cover & discovered that the circuit board was burned & melted.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner III GU2500XTPQ3

  • Date: 7/11/2012

consumer's diswasher caught fire near the control panel while it was running.

Whirlpool GU1100XTLQ1

  • Date: 7/19/2012

A 54 YOM reports that the dishwasher control panel caught fire.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLQ1

  • Date: 8/19/2012

While dishwasher was running, it started emitting electrical smell & black smoke from control panel at top of door. It was turned off at circuit breaker. Panel cover was removed & consumer found circuit board, components, & connectors burned & melted in several places.


  • Date: 9/17/2012

Consumer lost home due to house fire. Dishwasher was on at time. Consumer stated that unit was just loaded & they went to town. Fire Marshall said fire started in wall where dishwasher was located.


  • Date: 11/1/2012

46 YOM started dishwasher & later smelled plastic burning. He & his family noticed smoke & fire coming from fromt panel of dishwasher. He tried turning it off unsuccessfully, & had to manually turn breaker off. Dishwasher was previously repaired for fire hazard.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner II

  • Date: 11/5/2012

During dishwasher use A 30 YOM noticed a foul plastic/electronics burning type smell & found smoke pouring from it's front panel. It didn't respond to key commands to "cancel/stop" the cycle. He turned off the circuit breaker & smoke & smell dissappated in few minutes.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLT0

  • Date: 11/14/2012

Consumer reports that during cycle the dishwasher control board on the right side started smoking. Had to use the breaker as the unit didn't stop from the buttons or by opening the door. There was a strong electrical burning smell and the dishwasher had a little soot on it.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPS1

  • Date: 11/19/2012

Consumer's husband turned on dishwasher to "pots and pans cycle." Dishwasher was emitting smoke from control panel & sparks from back of control panel. She opened door & water was falling on floor. He husband unplugged unit. There was discoloration on unit's door.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLT

  • Date: 11/28/2012

Consumer says the dishwasher made a loud noise. Smoke was rolling out of the right hand corner of the control panel opposite the steam vent. The kitchen was stinking of plastic smell. Consumer had to shut off the electric supply to the unit.

Whirlpool Gold Series

  • Date: 1/23/2013

Consumer says the dishwasher was running when he smelled burning plastic and saw smoke billowing in the kitchen. He tried to turn the unit off but the control panel was not working. They had to shut off the circuit breaker.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPT3

  • Date: 3/22/2013

The consumer says the dishwasher was running when all of a sudden it made a funny sound and flames jumped out from under the front panel. When the door was opened to stop it, black smoke rolled out of the front panel. When tried to turn on again, the same thing happened.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPB3

  • Date: 3/22/2013

Consumer’s daughter loaded the dishwasher & put it on the normal cycle. Her son came down later & discovered flames coming from the side & bottom of the dishwasher. He pulled the handle up to stop the wash cycle. The entire house was filled with smoke.

Whirlpool GU2400XTP

  • Date: 4/21/2013

71 YOM reports that while doing a load of dishes he heard a popping sound. Dishwasher control panel caught on fire with lots of black smoke. He managed to get appliance to drain, but motor kept running, even though the door was open, until he tripped circuit breaker.

Whirlpool KUDS35FXSS3

  • Date: 6/26/2013

Consumer reports that the bracket that connects the upper dish rack to the sliding rails on the dishwasher broke, causing the front of the dish rack to suddenly drop off the rails as the rack was being pulled forward, spilling the dishes out onto the floor. Two mugs shattered

Whirlpool GU1200XTKT0

  • Date: 7/5/2013

Electronic board on dishwasher caught fire shortly after beginning wash cycle.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU2400XTPS3

  • Date: 7/13/2013

Consumer was running dishwasher. Her husband smelled smoke & ran into kitchen. Dishwasher was smoking. He opened door, but unit continued to operate & spray arm was slinging water around onto floor. Pressing stop/cancel didn't work. Husband turned off breaker.

Whirlpool DU1345XTUQ1

  • Date: 8/27/2013

The consumer says the company logo on their dishwasher can separate which could be a choking hazard for a child. The consumer says the product is defective and should fall under a safety recall.

Whirlpool DUL240XTPQ3

  • Date: 8/30/2013

The consumer stated that the dishwasher was operating for 15 minutes when smoke started coming out of the control panel and fire was coming out of the right side of the control panel. The consumer opened the dishwasher and it still smoked, so flipped the breaker.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPQ3

  • Date: 9/4/2013

The consumer stated that a few minutes after she turned her dishwasher on, her kitchen was full of smoke and fumes. She stated that it was hissing and popping and the smoke was coming from the control panel. They were unable to turn it off, so had to turn the breaker off.

Whirlpool GU1500XTLQ0

  • Date: 11/14/2013

The dishwasher caught on fire.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPT1

  • Date: 11/25/2013

Consumer had just started dishwasher & then he & his wife were standing by unit for no more than one minute when they heard odd noise & saw flames shot up from control panel. He switched breaker to dishwasher off & unplugged unit. No injuries were reported.

Whirlpool DU810SWPU3

  • Date: 1/19/2014

Dishwasher has started smoking twice when turned on. This time 60 YOF has a headache from the fumes. After she opened door, it started again, and it seems to work.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III GU1200XTLS1

  • Date: 3/24/2014

We awoke to a strong smell of melting plastic and found that it was coming from the dishwasher. After disconnecting the dishwasher from electricity I disassembled the front door and found that the main electrical board was charred and melted through.

Whirlpool GU1100XTLB0

  • Date: 3/29/2014

The consumer stated that while the dishwasher was running, it began to emit smoke from the control panel. Small flames were visible briefly. The flames ceased upon disrupting the dishwasher cycle, but smoke continued for several more minutes.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPB6

  • Date: 5/27/2014

The consumer stated that their dishwasher started on fire. There was a noise, followed by a burning smell from the door. Shortly thereafter, there was a small flame visible from the top of the door briefly.

Whirlpool GU 1200

  • Date: 8/11/2014

74 YOF reported that approximately 20 min. after starting dishwasher control panel started to burn, smoke & sickening odor. There was no damage or burning inside unit itself, just control panel. Because it was control panel, she had to turn off electricity to turn off unit.

Whirlpool WDF310PCAB0

  • Date: 8/12/2014

The consumer had just started the dishwasher and smelled a burning smell and saw smoke coming from the dishwasher. He unplugged the dishwasher and pulled it from its cabinet. He restarted it and saw electrical sparks coming from a small metal housing near the AC line inlet.

Whirlpool GU2600XTPS1

  • Date: 9/23/2014

The submitter reports that there was an electrical malfunction at a control circuit board in the door of the dishwasher which caused a small fire on the circuit board and melted the control wiring. The fire did not extend outside of the dishwasher.

Whirlpool WDT790SAYW3

  • Date: 10/14/2014

A 63 YOM received laceration to his leg from a sharp plastic on the upper right hand of the dishwasher. The object scraped the skin off he walked by the unit while the door was almost fully open. He was removing the dishes from the unit. He will apply first aid.

Whirlpool GU2275XTVQ1

  • Date: 11/24/2014

The consumer stated that his dishwasher developed a hole through the bottom of the plastic tub apparently due to the plastic melting just under the heating element posing a fire hazard as also narrowly missing dumping gallons of water across the electrical connections.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1500XTLS3

  • Date: 1/1/2015

The consumer stated that the dishwasher control panel caught fire, burning a hole through the inner door before the fire was extinguished by homeowners.

Whirlpool WPW01

  • Date: 4/20/2015

83 YOF was loading dishwasher when she walker around door & brushed against door somewhere near one of corners. She went to emergency room where she received stitches. There was chunk out of her left leg between her ankle & knee. She has seen specialist 3 times.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPB0

  • Date: 5/30/2015

The dishwasher started making loud popping sounds, followed by sparks and smoke from melting plastic and electronic components on the control board during a dishwashing cycle. The consumer had to turn off the breaker to stop the unit and the board from continuing burning.

Whirlpool GU2548XTPS1

  • Date: 8/7/2015

Dishwasher was turned on & approximately 20 minutes later black smoke was emitting from control panel. Consumer opened door to cancel operation but unit kept running. He had to use circuit breaker to switch power. He reported that prior to incident heating coil was replaced.

Whirlpool WDF530PLYW5

  • Date: 9/3/2015

Consumer stated that the dishwasher was running a normal load of dishes when approx at the end of the wash cycle, black smoke started coming from the steam vent smelling like an electrical fire. Before he turned the power off, he heard electrical arcing inside the front panel

Whirlpool WDF510PAY52

  • Date: 11/16/2015

Fire crews responded to a residential structure fire at a single family dwelling. The fire originated in the control panel of an under-the-counter dishwasher. The 67-years-old female occupant was transported to a nearby hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Whirlpool WDT710PAYM3

  • Date: 1/6/2016

Dishwasher was in use for approximately 30 minutes, when consumer smelled burning odor. He heard popping noise & noticed smoke emitting from top of unit. Smoke alarm went off. He stated that dishwasher was overwhelmingly hot while he was unplugging it.

Whirlpool GU1500XTKS0

  • Date: 1/11/2016

Consumer set the dishwasher to a wash cycle. Later, the consumer's daughter noticed smoke coming from the top of the unit, near the control panel. She noticed the smoke & pushed the "Off" button but the unit failed to turn off. She opened the door & the unit stopped.

Whirlpool WDT910SSYMO

  • Date: 2/17/2016

Dishwasher was running when it started to smoke. Breaker was tripped. Consumer opened unit's door & smoke came out. Consumer discovered that wires going into control box were black & burnt. Serviceman informed consumer that damage was from electrical fire.

Whirlpool WDF310PAAS1

  • Date: 3/30/2016

The submitter stated that the personnel started the dishwasher at the fire station, then responded on an emergency call. Upon returning to the station, they found the kitchen filled with smoke and the dishwasher's control panel was damaged by fire.

Whirlpool GU2300XTKQ0

  • Date: 5/17/2016

Consumer's dishwasher didn't work after overnight wash. Main circuit board had caught fire during night & was burned. Transistor was scorched. Cable harnesses were melted. Ribbon cable had melted & 2 fused together. Molten plastic dripped. Kitchen was filled with acrid smell.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPS3

  • Date: 2/5/2017

The consumer reported that the dishwasher began smoking out the top of the unit. The unit would not shut down until the breaker was thrown. There was strong electrical burning smell from the unit.

Whirlpool WDF760SADW2

  • Date: 9/7/2017

Consumer states that the dishwasher's control contains a mode that will permanently disable the heating circuit and provides no warning or indication to user. This results in black mold/yeast/fungus growth inside dishwasher and cannot be wiped out with anything but bleach.

Whirlpool WDF780SLYB0

  • Date: 9/14/2017

Consumer had dishwasher. Its lower rack wheel fell off & melted onto heating element. Unit was turned off & two wheel bracket assemblies were replaced. This incident happened again. Currently all four brackets are bent outward at outside wheel. Consumer feels this is hazard.


  • Date: 10/23/2017

55 YOM reported that dishwasher interior, including spray arms, covered and filled with black fungus/mold that is not cleaned or removed during wash cycles.

Whirlpool GU2200XTSQ3

  • Date: 5/23/2018

The consumer reported that mold is growing under the linoleum [floor] due to their dishwasher developing leak underneath it. There were no visible signs, even below in the basement, until their kitchen floor started to ripple.

Whirlpool GU9S0SCGB0

  • Date: 7/17/2018

Dishwasher was set to normal wash cycle when 65 YOM smelled burning odor. Odor was coming from unit & lights on its control panel were off. He opened door & noticed water on bottom of unit & saw flames near side of it. He called FD & used fire extinguisher to put fire out.

Whirlpool WDF550SAFS

  • Date: 8/20/2018

The consumer reported that her 6-YO son badly cut his foot on the dishwasher and needed 12 stitches.

Whirlpool WDF310PAAW1

  • Date: 9/24/2018

Dishwasher in kitchen of one of residences begin to smoke. Facility was evacuated. 120Volt power wire coming into circuit board showed signs of arcing & beading of electrical wire & concoctor had burned off. Damage was contained to circuit board.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPB1

  • Date: 9/29/2018

Our dishwasher circuit board exploded & started burning. There were no active flames but there was a lot of smoke. We were unable to start the dishwasher cycle without shutting off the circuit. The dishwasher is a that have been recalled because of a heater motor problem.

Whirlpool DU9309WSQ1

  • Date: 10/15/2018

Consumer reported that while they used dishwasher, they found outer housing of unit in area of control panel fractured along with area in lower portion of outer housing. Hot water had dumped on wood floor & throw rug in kitchen. There was also slight burnt smell to appliance.

Whirlpool Gold Series WDT710PAYM

  • Date: 12/30/2018

Started dishwasher prior to going to sleep. Approximately 2 hours later had a strong smell of smoke within the home. Located the source of smoke from the dishwasher. Removed dishwasher door panel & found insulation material was melted & wiring & harness charred & melted.

Whirlpool WDT750SAHZ

  • Date: 2/24/2019

I installed the dishwasher. The next day ran into the kitchen to find her lying on the floor near the unit with her eyes red & tearing. She opened the dishwasher & she breathed in the vapors/ fumes which overcame her causing her lungs & throat to burn & she passed out & fell.

Whirlpool WDF730PAYT3

  • Date: 2/26/2019

50 YOM indicated that his wife smelled burning plastic smell & they found that smoke was coming out from control panel under start button of dishwasher. They opened its door & then unplugged unit to stop melting of plastic & smoke.

Whirlpool WDT910SAYE0

  • Date: 4/18/2019

Dishwasher had been started on "overnight" cycle. In middle of night, consumer’s wife awoke d/t burning plastic odor. FD discovered that dishwasher control board was smoldering & melted. They removed it from home. In separate incident units’ drain hose split & flooded kitchen

Whirlpool WDT710PAYM4

  • Date: 9/6/2019

We were washing a load of dishes when we began to notice a strong burning odor. When we determined it was coming from the dishwasher we shut it down & contacted an appliance repairman. Upon inspection, the control board inside the door had been badly burned.

Whirlpool WDT910SAYH1

  • Date: 1/27/2020

Dishwasher was loaded and running on normal cycle. Consumer's husband was in kitchen when he heard unit crackling & saw it sparking. He opened its door to stop cycle & odor of burnt electrical permeated kitchen. GFI also blew. He disconnected unit & had to reset fuse.

Whirlpool WDF310PCASO

  • Date: 3/5/2020

Consumer reports that the control board on the dishwasher is overheating, smoking and charred plastic. This is a dangerous potential fire hazard.

Whirlpool WDT780SAEM1

  • Date: 5/6/2020

Consumer reported that wheels of dishwasher rack have been consistently falling off during normal use. Recently, one of wheels came off during wash cycle, contacted & melted to heat element. Smoke detectors in home went off d/t heavy smoke from melting plastic.

Whirlpool WDF530PLYB3

  • Date: 6/26/2020

I had pressed START on dishwasher. After about 5-10 min., my lights kept flickering & I was hearing grinding noise. My husband went to investigate & found dishwasher smoking heavily. We checked for signs of fire, but not on fire.

Whirlpool WDTA508AHZ0

  • Date: 10/7/2020

The Consumer reported that the rinsing agent dispenser cover on the dishwasher dislodged during wash cycle, fell to the bottom of the unit, came into contact with the heating coil, and caught fire.

Whirlpool WDT920SADM1

  • Date: 12/26/2020

The Consumer stated that their dishwasher failed and upon investigation the connector to the high-temp thermometer was found burned. The Consumer stated that it looked like it was not damaged by melt, but by flame.

Whirlpool DU1301XTVS2

  • Date: 12/28/2020

54 YO consumer's wife was doing a load of dishes in a dishwasher. She saw a spark then a small flame came out from under control panel. Breaker was turned off and consumer found the main control board of dishwasher blackened.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLB2

  • Date: 10/16/2021

Consumer's female wife turned on a dishwasher and a minute later she saw smoke, sparks and flames come from the topside of the dishwasher. She opened it and although flames died, the motor was still running. Only way to shut off was circuit breaker. No injuries or damages.

Whirlpool GU1100XTLQ1

  • Date: 2/16/2022

The consumer reported, that recently, when they were home and not asleep, the dishwasher started on fire . The main control board in the door was the culprit. The fire scorched the edge of the countertop above the unit and there was lots of smoke.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1500XTKB0

  • Date: 4/25/2011

the electronic control circuit board of the dishwasher had overheated and caught fire, melting portions of the board and the housing. The thermal fuse within the circuit board had failed to blow.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPTO

  • Date: 8/12/2011

dishwasher was powered in the on position on the normal cycle & within a few hours consumers awoke to a strong plastic burning odor in the home. consumer noticed smoking & flames coming from the control panel of dishwasher. He then powered the circuit breaker in off position

Whirlpool QU2500XTPQ1

  • Date: 11/17/2011

Cons reports that the dishwasher stopped running during wash cycle, had noticed "hot electrical" components in the past. Found the thermal fuse was blown. After replacing, it ran for a few washes then the smell got worse and suddenly black smoke came out of the control panel.

Whirlpool GU2300XTVQ1

  • Date: 3/26/2012

consumer's dishwasher does not shut off. She stated it can stay on for up to four hours. her husband said that the unit was emitting a lot of smoke and burning really bad from the inside. He opened the door and drained it. it happened also on another occasion.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLB3

  • Date: 4/2/2012

Consumer left dishwasher on "delay start option" when her husband was awakened by burning odor. When he walked into kitchen unit was already off. He opened back of control panel & found that cables had burnt & plastic areas had melted.

Whirlpool GU1200XTKT

  • Date: 10/15/2012

A female consumer heard a noise & saw flames & sparks coming from the dishwasher's control panel followed by smoke during use. She stopped the unitr by opening tit's door & used fire extinguisher. She states the damage could have been a lot worse had she not been close by.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPP1

  • Date: 11/14/2012

Consumer left dishwasher on & came back to smoke-filled house. Unit was off when she arrived back. Control panel as well as door to open unit were balckened. There was pool of water at the bottom.

Whirlpool GU2400XTPB3

  • Date: 11/26/2012

Consumer started smelling plastic burning scent. She & her husband walked in kitchen & noticed that smoke was coming out of dishwasher. She stated that control board caught on fire. Unit was on no longer than 15 minutes before incident occurred.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPQ3

  • Date: 8/16/2013

Consumer stated that while the dishwasher was in use, smoke started pouring out & would not stop. She had to shut off circuit breaker to turn it off. She stated that there are scorched marks on dishwasher. The unit was running for 20 minutes before the incident occur.

Whirlpool GU2500XTPS1

  • Date: 3/17/2014

A 52 YOM reports dishwasher caught fire.

Whirlpool GU1500XTLB2

  • Date: 2/19/2015

Consumer smelled electrical fire odor. He realized that source of odor was dishwasher. When they smelled odor 4th time, white /gray smoke filled up house. He was unable to turn unit off from control panel & opened door to shut unit off. He cut circuit to dishwasher.

Whirlpool WDF750SAYM1

  • Date: 4/26/2016

The consumer stated that the dishwasher had been running for about an hour when a smell of smoke was noticed in the house coming from the kitchen. Upon checking out, the dishwasher was smoking, its control panel had caught fire.

Whirlpool WDF510PAYW6

  • Date: 9/11/2017

While dishwasher was in use, it started making "popping" noises & smoke started to pour out of latch used to open door. 47 YOM opened door & he could see flames inside dishwasher door. Circuit breaker tripped before he got to it. Smoke stopped short time later.

Whirlpool Gold Series

  • Date: 12/11/2011

Dishwasher started on fire & smoke was pouring out its door. Consumer opened front door of dishwasher, but water kept pumping with sparks flying everywhere & black & gray started filling the house. He had to open cabinet & unplug dishwasher to get it to stop.

Whirlpool GU3200XTXQ

  • Date: 10/28/2013

Dishwasher began to smoke and caught fire. Fire Department was called; they put out fire & removed unit from home. Fire department & maintenance contractore stated that dishwahser's circuitry caught fire.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1100XTLQ1

  • Date: 12/10/2011

Consumer awoke from smelling something burning. Dishwasher had orange glow coming out of bottom of door & it was shutting off & on with lights going off & on. Washing process was cancelled & water drained. Consumer turned off circuit breaker for appliance.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III

  • Date: 2/2/2012

Consumer reports that the dishwasher ran a few minutes then gave an electrical burning smell. Then smoke started coming from the unit, with some sparks seen from the control panel. The unit could not be stopped by pressing the stop or cancel button. Had to be unplugged.

Whirlpool Gold Series DU1100XTPS1

  • Date: 1/10/2017

Consumer reported that his wife started dishwasher, & called him because she smelled odd odor. He came & in that time dishwasher was emitting black smoke with blue flame around 2" or 3" coming from front out of unit. He said that blue flames identify electrical fire.

Whirlpool Gold Series WDT710PAYM6

  • Date: 9/11/2017

Dishwasher was running when family: 56 YOF, 58 YOM & 17 YOM, smelled strong burning electrical odor coming from dishwasher. Unit started making crackling noises & 58 YOM turned it off & shut off electricity to it. Unit had gotten hot; it warped oak veneer glued to cabinetry.

Whirlpool Gold Series WDT710PAYM6

  • Date: 12/27/2017

32 YOF started dishwasher & about 20 minutes later unit started making cracking noise & smoke came out near controls. She turned off breaker & called Fire Department. 32 YOM was injured & was seen by medical professional. Consumer checked breaker & it was in good condition.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU2400XTPB3

  • Date: 4/5/2018

Dishwasher was in use & when it was in drying cycle, consumer stated that his wife saw sparks & black smoke coming from control panel. She tried to shut the unit off by opening the door of dishwasher but it continued to hum. Consumer had to turn it off at circuit breaker.

Whirlpool Gold Series GU1500XTKB0

  • Date: 8/11/2012

Consumer reports that dishwasher smoked and then stopped working. Consumer also reports that there was a lot of melting on the circuit board.

Whirlpool Gold Quiet Partner III GU2400XTLT

  • Date: 10/28/2011

5 YOM noticed a bad smell. Source was located in the kitchen where dishwasher was on fire & kitchen full of smoke. Immediately kids & pets were removed from house & firefighters were called, who confirmed that source was dishwasher. All appliances were replaced.

Whirlpool Gold Series WDT790SLYM3

  • Date: 8/26/2019

Consumer reports that their dishwasher was running a normal cycle when they smelled a burning smell. Upon inspection the door was extremely hot and started smoking. he used a fire extinguisher and then called 911. The fire department thinks it is faulty wiring.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner DU1050XTPQ3

  • Date: 3/22/2012

Consumer reports that for over a year the coil device in the dishwasher is burning, emitting a putrid burnt plastic smell even during non-heated drying process. Consumer says the coil has disintegrated somewhat.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner II DU1055XTVQO

  • Date: 1/15/2012

Dishwasher had electrical short that occurred in terminal box where power cord connects to dishwasher wiring. The wire connectors melted and the house filled with a burning smell.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner II DU1100XTPS1

  • Date: 4/21/2014

Dishwasher started to smoke & caught fire. Consumer started it 10 minutes agi. Black smoke appeared. Flames were seen shooting out from above & belpw control panel. BDppr was opened & breaker was turned off. 35 YOF & 67 YOF weren't hurt in the incident.

Whirlpool Quiet Partner DU1015XTXSO

  • Date: 2/16/2012


Whirlpool Gold Series GU2500XTP81

  • Date: 3/9/2013

The consumer stated that after being shortlt into the cycle, an acrid smell came from the dishwasher and smoke came out the front. They opened the control panel and found the plastic had melted where the wires enter the controls and also the black plastic housing had melted.


  • Date: 7/14/2011

After cycle in dishwasher had completed itself, consumer used lever to unlock door & received a minor shock. Next day she got another electrical shock. Her dishwasher has a customized door. When technician powered it on two large flames shot out from control panel.

Whirlpool KUDI01ILBL6

  • Date: 7/25/2011

Consumer had started dishwasher, when she heard popping & sizzling sounds. Then consumer saw fire coming out of the right side of the front panel. She unplugged the dishwasher & put the fire out. Repair tech said that he had to order many parts to repair & shut breakers off.

Whirlpool MDBH945AWS3

  • Date: 8/22/2011

After placing dishwasher on normal wash setting, within of minutes, consumer noticed that unit had powered in 'off' position by itself, without completing cycle & when she reset circuit breaker & attempted to power it back in 'on' position, but it still wouldn't power in 'on'

Whirlpool DU810CWD05

  • Date: 10/12/2011

After consumer turned dishwasher on, approximately minute later, she saw sparks coming from handle, smoke & smelled burning odor. She was able to open door & sparks stopped but burning & odor continued for little more. She did not trip breaker & all breakers were OK.

Whirlpool KUDI01ILBL5

  • Date: 11/17/2011

While using the dishwasher in the wash cycle, owner noticed smoke coming from the unit. There was smoke & flames emitting from the control panel. Owner had to unplug the unit from the wall outlet. As per technician, circuit board & control panel caused the failure.

Whirlpool KUDS01DJB0

  • Date: 12/1/2011

Consumer was using dishwasher when she noticed burning odor. She opened door to appliance & saw that utensil basket was melted.

Whirlpool KUDI01ILBL6

  • Date: 12/7/2011

The owner reports that the dishwasher was in use, on the normal/energy setting when the control board begins to smoke. She powered the unit in the off position & left the door open. Later, closed the door & the unit began to operate & smoke emitted out of the control panel.

Whirlpool MDB7600AWQ

  • Date: 3/30/2012

Consumer placed dishwasher on heavy wash, tuff scrub & extra rinse. He noticed that dishes were hot to touch & steam was pouring from unit after cycle finished. Heating element didn't power off when he opened unit's door. He powered circuit breaker off. Failure re-occurred.

Whirlpool GU1500XTLS0

  • Date: 6/11/2012

Consumer's wife started the dishwasher. She was still near the kitchen when she heard a noise. She saw smoke billowing from left side of the unit & arching that was reaching 4 to 5 inches high coming from upper right side of the unit. She immediately pushed the cancel button.

Whirlpool DU943PWKQ0

  • Date: 11/12/2012

Smoke started pouring out of the right side of the dishwasher while it was running on the normal cycle. There was a strong smell of burning wires & plastic. Water had never filled the basin, but soap had expelled into the bottom.

Whirlpool MDBH955AWW

  • Date: 12/27/2012

Consumer reported that dishwasher stopped working. Cords are burned out underneath. She cleaned unit & tried to use it, but it didn't work. There was no smoke or any smell. She stated that front panel of unit was replaced about two years ago.

Whirlpool KUDP01ILBL5

  • Date: 12/28/2012

Consumer stated that dishwasher was in use when they heard explosion inside of it. Flames began coming out of control panel then extinguished & were followed by smoke. Unit continued to run as if it were washing dishes. It smelled like burned wiring.

Whirlpool GUI200XTLTI

  • Date: 4/15/2013

Caller & his wife loaded the dishwasher. Later, when the wife walked back into the kitchen, the unit was still in the wash cycle but the unit had flames coming from the edges of the top portion of the unit. By the time the caller got to the unit, the flames had extinguished.

Whirlpool MDB7100AWW

  • Date: 5/6/2013

Consumer began smelling burning odor approximately 20 minutes after starting dishwasher. She found that dishwasher had been on fire & entire downstairs level was filled with black smoke. Holes burned through area where controls had been & front of unit was blackened.

Whirlpool MDBD880AWW

  • Date: 5/10/2013

Caller is reporting his dishwasher had developed a leak a few years ago but that was repaired. Later, when the caller loaded the dishwasher, started it & after a few moments later found the unit still running but with smoke coming from the top portion of the unit.

Whirlpool GU1200XTLB2

  • Date: 4/22/2015

Consumer started dishwasher & after 2-3 minutes control panel started to smoke & filled house with smoke. Flames from panel were seen. With door open unit continued to run spraying hot water on 55 YOF. Circuit breaker was used. 55 YOF received no first aid.


  • Date: 5/2/2019

The consumer stated that the dishwasher part dislodged and came in contact with heating element and created smoke.

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