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7 Dishwasher Problems That You’ll Need to Call the Pros to Fix
Believe it or not, the average dishwasher lasts between 7 and 10 years. But the more you use it, the more likely you are to see some common dishwasher problems throughout your unit’s life.
Though the dishwasher problems are frustrating, the sooner you schedule a repair appointment, the better off you’ll be. But you need to know what to watch for.
Here are some of the most common issues you’ll run into that you should always leave to the pros.
1. Dishes Come Out Dirtier Than Before
You expect your dishwasher to clean your dishes. When they come out dirtier than they were when you ran the machine, take a moment to inspect the way you load the washer.
Did you overcrowd the plates or block the jets? If so, remove a few dishes and run the cycle again.
If the dishes still look dirty or have a coating of fine sediment on the surface, call a professional. There may be hard water deposits or old food debris clogging the water lines or the spray arm. When this happens, the water can’t hit your dishes with the amount of water pressure needed to get rid of stuck-on food.
2. There’s No Water Running During the Cycle
When a dishwasher works properly, it fills with water and helps rinse away food debris. But when the water won’t fill the machine, your dishes won’t get clean.
Before you panic, check the door and make sure it’s shut completely. You should hear an audible latch when you press against the door.
If the door is open, the machine won’t fill with water. It’s a standard safety feature on every modern dishwasher.
If the door’s shut and you still aren’t getting water, there could be a problem with the machine’s float switch. This is the device that tells the machine when to add water and when to turn the water off.
Don’t try to fix the problem yourself—this could end up voiding your manufacturer warranty.
3. The Water Won’t Drain Out
Most dishwashers automatically drain the water out when the cycle finishes. This then allows the dishes to dry inside the unit.
But what happens when the water doesn’t drain out? You end up with a pool of dirty soapy water at the bottom of the unit.
The problem is likely due to a clogged drain. Check beneath the spin arm and along the drain for debris. If you see buildup, you may be able to remove it by hand.
But there may also be an issue with the drain pump. Remember, not all drains work with gravity and your dishwasher needs the pump to send the dirty water out of the system.
Your technician will be able to troubleshoot the problem and fix the issue quickly.
4. Water Seeps Onto the Floor During the Cycle
Nothing is worse than discovering a huge puddle in your kitchen. But if the seal around your dishwasher door isn’t water-tight, that’s exactly what might happen every time you run a load of dishes.
Take a look at the way you loaded the dishwasher. If it’s overloaded with dishes or large items, they may have pressed against the door and created a gap in the seal. But if not, you likely have an issue with the seals themselves.
Check the rubber around the door for signs of wear and tear. Even a small rip in the material can be enough to break the seal.
If they look loose or torn, schedule a repair appointment and get the seals replaced.
5. The Dishwasher is Overly Noisy
It’s normal to hear some noise when the dishwasher’s cycle kicks on. But if the noises are different than what you’re used to or are getting louder the longer you have the unit, schedule a repair appointment.
There could be an issue with the alignment of the spray arm, a loose belt inside, or even a missing component. The only way to know for sure is to let a dishwasher repair technician inspect the system.
6. The Door Won’t Close
Your dishwasher can’t run if the door won’t close. If the door won’t latch, take a look at the latching mechanism itself. Is it in proper alignment with the door?
If not, your technician will need to realign or replace the latch entirely.
Remember, the latch is one of the most-used components of any dishwasher. This means it sees a lot more wear and tear than the other components. If you need to replace it, it’s not a sign that your unit is going bad or getting too old.
It just means you’re using the dishwasher regularly.
7. It Just Won’t Start
You expect your dishwasher to start up immediately when you push the “start” button. But sometimes, nothing you do will get the unit up and running.
There are dozens of potential causes ranging from a faulty switch to an issue with the motor. Pay attention to the noises or lack thereof when you try to wash the dishes.
Let your technician know what you’re hearing. This will help them diagnose the problem faster. And the faster the diagnosis is, the faster they’ll be able to make any necessary repairs.
Always Hire a Pro to Address Dishwasher Problems
When it comes to getting your dishwasher repaired, it’s always best to leave the job to the pros. Even if your dishwasher problems seem easy to fix and you’re confident you can do it on your own, don’t. You may end up voiding the warranty.
Without the manufacturer’s warranty in place, you’re responsible for the full cost of repairs even if the issue is the manufacturer’s fault.
Play it safe and contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dedicated team.
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