How To Do Simple Repairs On Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is a very convenient time saving appliance that is a staple in most modern homes today. They’re generally very durable appliances that will give your years of usage, but from time to time simple things can go wrong with them.

There are some more serious problems that can occur with your dishwasher that may require a professional. But, you can fix a lot of the smaller things that can go wrong with them yourself.

Anytime anything goes wrong with your dishwasher, always check the most common causes first. But, no matter what the problem is, make sure that you always unplug the dishwasher before attempting any repairs.

If your dishwasher is leaking from the bottom it’s most likely a problem with one of the hoses, or it could be a connector that’s worked loose. You’ll need to pull the dishwasher out and tilt it over to check to make sure they’re tight.

If they are still tightly in place, check the dishwasher tub for any rusty spots or holes. If you find a small hole in the tub you can repair it with an epoxy that is especially made for dishwashers. You can find this epoxy at most appliance stores and you just mix it according to the directions.

Gaskets can be another cause for leakage from the bottom of your dishwasher. The heating element has a gasket that can become loose or can get bad overtime and need replaced. Unscrew the element and carefully unlock it from the brackets, replace the gasket and put the element back into place.

If the water has stopped draining from your dishwasher, it’s usually as simple as a clogged strainer. Refer to your owners manual and find the location of the strainer and check to see if it’s dirty. Some dishwashers have the strainer sitting in the bottom of the tub and on some it may be in one of the corners.

Another thing that you can check if the water isn’t draining out is the hoses. Look to make sure that they’ve not gotten a kink or have somehow became bent. Hoses can also become clogged sometimes, so take them loose to make sure that they’re clear.

When you dishwasher seems to be running fine, but there’s no water flowing into the tub, check the float switch. The float switch should be clear of obstructions and raise up easily. If you’re a little more experienced at home repair, you can check the switch with a VOM meter to make sure that it’s getting electricity.

The water inlet valve could also be stopped up with something. First turn the water off and disconnect all of the wires, the pipe and the hose. The valve can be pulled out by removing the screws, remove the inlet valve filter and make sure that it’s clean and reassemble.

If your dishwasher has quit getting your dishes as clean as they should be, often it’s just the fault of your dishwasher detergent. Old detergent can weaken and loose it’s ability to perform well. Another cause could also just be the way you’ve loaded the dishwasher.

Dishwashers perform best with really hot water, wait a while to use it if someone has just showered. If you use a water conditioner or softener, it could affect the efficiency of your dishwasher if it’s needs refilled.

If your dishwasher won’t turn on don’t panic, it could be as simple as a thrown breaker. You can also check the junction box at the rear bottom of your dishwasher. Open the box and check all of the wiring for breaks, loose connections or any corroded areas.

The control timer could also cause the dishwasher not to fill up with water. But, first you should check the door latch switch. If the switch just isn’t closing, you can adjust it by taking the switch loose and repositioning it.

The proper way to check the door latch switch and the control timer is with a VOM meter. If you’re not familiar with using a VOM meter, it’s a tool to check to see if the electrical part is getting electricity to it. A lack of electricity running through a switch or timer is a sign that the motor is part is probably bad and needs to be replaced.