Originally Posted by mbkerk
If I were you, I would replace any cheap easily attainable electronic parts you might suspect are bad, and if that fails and the rest of the DW is in good shape I would try to find the control module at a lesser price somewhere.
I found out that the fuse on the electronic control is definitely bad. The resistor on the control module that I suspect is supposed to have a resistance of 935 ohms. I don't know exactly how to read the ohmmeter portion of my VOM, but on the 2K setting, it reads .908.
I can get the fuse and harness from Repairclinic.com for about $12 plus shipping.
I can also get a new controller from an e-bayer of $95, but the seller is one of those guys who won't take the part back if it's not defective.
I found a used electronic controller from affordableappliance.com for $70 and the owner is the one who told me to look at the fuse. I couldn't even tell it was a fuse until he told me where it was. He's also the one that gave me the details on the resistor.
The guy from Repairclinic.com (which I typically love) didn't mention the fuse as a possibility when I posted my question. Neither did the e-bayer.
The fact that affordableappliance.com's guy is willing to make the smaller (fuse) sale in the interest of making the customer happier long-term goes a long way with me.
The two new prices he's quoted me so far are in line with Repairclinic.
My gut instinct is that the resistor failed and that's what caused the thermal fuse to blow. I'm waiting for confirmation on my reading of the VOM to make my decision.