Tips For Fixing Common Problems With Your Dishwasher

Posted on: 22 April 2016

You rely on your dishwasher to get your dishes clean so you aren't struggling with hand washing them. Unfortunately, you may occasionally deal with issues like leaks or the dishwasher not cleaning properly. Here are some tips for finding and fixing common problems with the dishwasher so you can get it repaired and have it running smoothly.

The Water is Leaking

A common problem to experience with a dishwasher is having a water leak. You may notice that there is water on the floor whenever you use your dishwasher, or that there is water pooling around the door. If most of the water seems to pool around the door, it is likely due to an issue with the door or latch itself. Other leaks may be from a gasket that needs to be repaired, issue with a clogged float switch, or even not using the right dishwasher detergent. You should also check the front panels of the dishwasher to figure out if that could be the source of the leak. Try tightening the door, check the seal, and replace the door gasket as needed. Call a plumber if you are still experiencing a leak and aren't sure where it's coming from.

The Dishwasher Doesn't Run

If you load the dishwasher and turn it on, but nothing happens, it could be from a few different issues. The first thing to check is to make sure power is being supplied to the dishwasher. If you cleaned it recently, you might have accidentally moved it and pulled out the power cord. The dishwasher might lack power from an issue with the electrical panel. If it has a power supply, another common issue with a dishwasher not operating properly is when the motor isn't running. The motor could be stuck and need to be adjusted, or may need to be replaced.

Dishes Aren't Clean Enough

A common issue with dishwashers is that while they seems to operate just fine, the dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be. If your dishes are dirty after running through a full cycle, first check to see that the dishwasher itself is clean and in good condition. Check the door gasket, sprayer arms, and strain screen to be sure there aren't any debris or food particles trapped. You can clean the inside of the appliance by running it a few times with soap and water, but no dishes inside. You may also notice that the spray arm is looking worn, which could be another reason to have dirty dishes after a cleaning cycle. Contact a plumber that specializes in appliances if the problem still persists.


Diagnosing Plumbing Issues

After we moved into a new home, I could tell that the plumbing system was having problems. Our drains never really drained quickly, and there was always the faint smell of sewage in the background. I knew that I wanted to fix the problem, but I didn't really know where to start. However, I knew that I didn't want to take care of the problem, so I called in the experts. My friend, who worked as a plumber, came out and worked hard to diagnose the issues. After we got things fixed, our house smelled and functioned better. This blog is all about diagnosing plumbing problems.


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