Penguin45 wrote:It'd be poking through the base of the machne if it was fitted, so you can assume that yours doesn't. Time to head up to the pcb and check for burnt out solder joints. I have had more than several pcbs over the years where the relay doesn't switch the heater on.
Penguin Sir, you are a genius
Got to the main PCB today. and although it looked OK from the front, took a look around the back of the PCB and yes indeed one burnt out solder joint ! Just as you suggested
Re soldered the joint, popped it all back together, anxious 30 min cycle, opened door and the usual rush of steam...fantastic all working again, and has saved me either a new dishwasher or at the very least a hefty call out and an a big bill for work required!
I'm now an official hero in the household and you Penguin are a legend...many many thanks for the tips and advice...this is what the internet was invented for !!
All the best