Bosch and Siemens are recalling about 476,500 dishwashers. An electrical component in certain model dishwashers can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

There have been 51 reports of incidents, including 30 reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.



This recall involves certain Bosch® and Siemens® dishwashers manufactured from May 1999 through July 2005. The brand name is printed on the dishwasher’s front control panel. Model and serials numbers are located inside the dishwasher door panel on the upper right side.

Brand Model Numbers Must Begin With Serial Numbers Must Begin With
Bosch SHE43C, SHE44C
FD8503 – FD8507
FD8501 – FD8505
FD7905 – FD8505
FD8407 – FD8505
FD8004 – FD8211
FD8205 – FD8507
Siemens SL34A FD8308 – FD8505

The appliances, made in the United States, were sold at appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from May 1999 through December 2006 for between $550 and $1,100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the listed model dishwashers and contact the repair hotline for a free repair.

For additional information, contact the BSH Home Appliances at (800) 856-9226 anytime or visit the brand’s Web site atwww.boschappliances.com or www.siemens-home.com.


The details matter. I love to find the “everyday” home fixture that either is sleeker than the norm or is useful in an unusual way. Ok, I love to challenge the status quo…I admit it. But here are a couple of electrical “gizmos” that you might find…well, kind of cool. I credit the Aspire outlets and switches to an electrician on one of my jobs that found this for my client. Whoo hoo! They look even better in person! Perhaps not for the traditional home but great for modern and  transitional design. Check it out!

Aspire switches and outlets

Here is a great idea…for those areas you must have electrical such as an island but do not want to cut into your wood cabinetry. It is a large diameter but worth it in right situation. Doug Mockett

And yet another idea to avoid all the cuts in a gorgeous backsplash….use plug mold outlet strips. There is a downside to this if you keep your small appliances plugged in but if you want to really emphasize the backsplash this will allow you to do it without any visible outlets. Switches will need to be planned as well so they are placed in another area.

Plugmold can also be used on islands to have a handy strip of electrical outlets without cutting into side panels. If you plan your overhang correctly, it will snuggle right up against it!


I also really like using CFL bulbs in recessed can fixtures. They last forever and you can now get them dimmable!

Earth Easy

20W R40 Dimmable Reflector Flood ALTO
Price: $22.95
This 20 watt, R-40 dimmable reflector flood is ideal for recessed and track lighting fixtures, indoors and outdoors. Light output is comparable to a 75-85 watt incandescent.
It will provide diffused, soft, white light, generate less heat than will an incandescent flood, and is suitable for use in wet locations (when used base up).