4 Dishwasher Repair Troubleshooting Tips

Dishwashers help you save time and energy. You don’t have to choose between spending an hour pushing off sleep or having a sink full of dirty dishes in the morning anymore. However, even the best dishwashers encounter trouble sometimes. Here are some common problems you may experience with your dishwasher and what to do about them.

Water Won’t Enter

If you turn on your dishwasher and the water won’t come in, first make sure that the plumbing is working. Make sure the pipe is attached. If it is, there may be a problem with the inlet valve; it may be stuck shut and preventing water from entering. The float switch, which detects water levels in your washer, may be faulty as well; it may be detecting that your washer is full when it really is not.

Dishwasher Won’t Drain

If you have no problem getting water in but can’t seem to get the water out, then check the drain pump and valve and make sure that they are not blocked.

Dishwasher Is Leaking

Check the drainage hose for cracks and holes. Check the door to make sure it is properly closed and that its seal is not cracked. Check the pump seal. The float switch may be faulty as well, causing the washer to overflow and cause a flood.

Dishes Are Dirty

If the washer runs its cycles but the dishes always come out dirty, check the spray arms to make sure that there is nothing blocking them. You may also be putting in dishes that are very dirty; make sure to scrape off pieces of food from your utensils before you put them in the washer. You may also be putting in too many utensils at a time. If your glasses are white and cloudy, it is probably mineral buildup from your water. Use a water softener.
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