What’s Wrong With My Dishwasher?

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Your dishwasher always seems to be working overtime to keep up with your busy schedule, so when it’s not functioning properly, it can be a major inconvenience. Being one of the sturdiest appliances in your kitchen, repairs and replacements can cost you a pretty penny.

Here are a few common dishwasher problems you can diagnose and fix on your own!

It Doesn’t Clean My Dishes

A dishwasher that doesn’t properly wash your dishes? What’s the point in that!? One culprit of the spotty dish may be that your water is hard and has caused a build-up. Take a look at your sprayer arms and wipe away any of that residue that could be blocking the spray.

Take a good look around for any food particles or other grimy accumulations on the spray arms, strain screen, or door gasket. If any of these pieces look worn or damaged, a quick trip to the store for a replacement part will get things back to cleaning!

Finally, you may need to switch your detergent. If it’s been sitting in the cupboard for a few months, there’s a chance it won’t be as effective when cleaning.

It’s Leaking

There are a lot of issues that could be causing a dishwasher leak, including damage to the:

  • Door/door gasket
  • Drainage hose
  • Pump/pump seal

Additionally, the flow switch, which detects water levels, may be stuck on ‘off’ mode. Locate, clean, and switch it back to ‘on’ to keep water off the floor and in the appliance.

My Dishes Aren’t Drying

Often, wet dishes are caused by an issue with the heating element. Use a multimeter to check if it’s working properly. If the high-limit thermostat (usually located at the bottom of the tub) is malfunctioning, it could be turning off the heating element before the dishes are fully dry.

Plumbing Problems?

If your dishwasher woes have you feel like you’re drowning, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’re here to help with drain cleaning and garbage disposal problems that may be affecting your dishwasher. Give us a call at (833) 207-0817 or schedule an appointment online today!