It is difficult to find a person who enjoys standing over a hot sink to wash dishes of evening dinner. When you use a dishwasher, you save not only money and water, but it also saves you from the trouble of hand washing your flatware, glasses, and plates. It also keeps the counters free from clutter and is less harmful to the environment. Also, fewer dishes are broken when you use a dishwasher as compared to hand washing. However, like any other appliance, even the dishwashers are susceptible to breakdowns, particularly when they are not maintained properly. Here are some problems you are likely to encounter when you use a dishwasher.
A problem with the pump, bearing ring, or spray arm can make your dishwasher noisy. These parts could be broken, loose, or damaged, causing the machine to not function properly. Inspect these parts and replace them if necessary. If you don’t find any problem with these parts, you should get a qualified technician to inspect your machine.
If your dishwasher is leaking, the culprit could be one of th following:
- The pump
- Door gasket
- Water inlet valve
- Spray arm
- Hose clamps
- Float switch
- The hose.
Manually checking each part for the problem is difficult. You could get help from an appliance repair company who will send their technician to solve the problem.
What should you do when you realize that your dishwasher is not starting? You can start by checking these components:
- Door latch
- Electronic controller
- Latch switch
- Timer controller
- Selector switch
- Motor start relay
- Thermal fuse
- The drive motor.
If you don’t have experience in repairing a dishwasher, it is best to get help from the experts. There are several reliable companies that have experienced technicians who can solve this problem in the shortest possible time.
Door Latch Problem
If the door latch is not is not working properly or is broken, it will prevent the dishwasher from working. Normal wear and tear can prevent the door from closing properly, which can cause leaks. Check the condition of the door latch and replace the assembly if it is worn out.
The Dishes Are Dirty
Problem in the following:
- Housing gasket
- Spray arm
- Docking station
- The chopper
- The water inlet valve
- Water delivery tube
- Wash spinner
- Heating element
- Pump impeller.
You must inspect each part thoroughly to identify and rectify the problem. Most people prefer calling a technician to solve the problem as checking each part manually is both difficult and time consuming.
Does Not Drain
Having a dishwasher that does not drain can be a frustrating experience. To identify the problem area, you must check the piston and nut assembly, drain motor, check valve flapper, drain pump, timer, and the belt. You may require technical skills to inspect and repair these parts. You could get help from the manual that comes with the machine or call a professional.
Does Not Fill Water
When the machine does not fill water properly, there could be a problem with the water inlet valve or float. If these parts are working properly, you could check the door switch and the float switch. Replacing the problem parts should solve the problem.
Does Not Release Detergent
If the dishwasher does not release detergent, it means that there could be a problem in the dispensers, rinse aid cap, wax motor, timer, bi-metal release, or door spring. To identify the problem part, you must check each part thoroughly using a multi-meter.
Other problems you may encounter include the unit not drying or heating properly.
You should not attempt any DIY repair without taking adequate precautions. Never attempt to repair the machine when the power is on. If you are repairing the dishwasher for the first time, get a qualified technician to help you.
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