APPLIANCE REPAIR VIDEO: DISHWASHER REPAIR
In a day and age when people are so busy and there are so many different things going on, anything that we can do to save time is welcomed. The household dishwasher saves a lot of time for people at the end of their busy day. The problems happen when the dishwasher is not working, and they have to do the dishes by hand.
All appliances have an average lifespan and for dishwashers, it is only 10 years, on average. It is an appliance that takes a lot of abuse and thus has a shorter lifespan than many other appliances. This makes it a machine that requires regular maintenance and repairs as well.
You always have the option to call in a professional to fix your dishwasher if you don’t feel comfortable or confident enough to do it yourself. But, many times, people can fix many of the issues that they may be having with their dishwasher on their own. Here are some troubleshooting tips for you to help you handle the problem yourself.
Continue reading for common dishwasher problems:
There are a few different things that can cause a dishwasher to leak water including the door seals, water inlet valve, and the pump. A leaky dishwasher can be a big problem because of all the water that a dishwasher needs to do its’ job. This type of problem may need to be handled by a professional, but many handy homeowners can handle it on their own.
DISHWASHER WON’T TURN ON
To deal with a problem like this, you will want to check the most obvious things first. Check to make sure that the machine is plugged in and that all of the circuit breakers have not been tripped. Once you have ruled these out, you will want to check the door latch switches, electronic controls, motor relays, timers, and thermal fuses. Because there are a number of things that can cause this, it can be difficult to narrow down what the exact cause may be.
In order to fix a loud dishwasher, you first need to determine the type of noise that it is. It will make it easier to determine what the problem is if you identify the type of noise that it is. Check the motor bushings, washer arm bearing, and the pump housings first. More often than not, these are the parts that are most likely to cause the problem.
WON’T RELEASE DETERGENT
Without detergent, the dishes are not going to get cleaned and the dishwasher is not going to be able to do its’ job properly. When this happens, you are going to need to check the wax motor, the bi-metal release, and the timer of the machine. One of these is likely to be the problem that you will need to address.
PROBLEM WITH DOOR LATCH
When the door is shut on the dishwasher, it signals it to turn on and begin the wash cycle. When there is a problem with the door not properly closing and sealing, it is commonly the door latch kit. Fixing the door latch kit is one of those repairs that can easily be handled on a do-it-yourself basis.
WON’T DRY DISHES
The process of drying the dishes can be affected by the heating element, high limit thermostats, and rinsing dispensers. The heating element should be the first thing to check and if there is no problem with this, the last two should be the next parts to check.
WON’T FILL OR DRAIN
These are two separate problems that are each going to have different components that are going to contribute. If the dishwasher is not draining, the drain hose, timer, or the drain pump motor need to be investigated. If the machine won’t fill up, you will need to check the door switch, float switch, or the water inlet valve.
Many homeowners can handle repairs like these in around an hour. Just remember, there is no shame in calling in a professional if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. The owner’s manual is a great resource to use when you are doing any repairs or maintenance on your dishwasher (or any appliance for that matter). Here are local companies we recommend:
Glyn’s Appliance Repair Service
South East Appliance Service
AAA Appliance Repair
Los Angeles, CA