Dishwashers are modern miracles of invention that allow us to get more done in the kitchen, with less time spent cleaning dishes or polishing away water spots. If your home dishwasher is experiencing problems, today’s units are fairly complex and can make it frustrating to figure out what the problem is. In this article, we are giving our readers the most common problems with dishwashers, ways to identify those problems, and easy fixes (where possible) to save you a call to your local plumber or maintenance professional.
Water is running into the machine, but it never fills and simply keeps running…
When this is the case, there could be several factors that are attributed to this symptom; first, check the fill lines to make sure that water is not being cut off or leaking below the dishwasher unit. These are most often connected at the back of the unit to the main line of your water lines, but check your owners manual for specific models.
If your unit has a float system — much like the float in your toilet tank that tells the water when to shut off — make sure the float itself is not malfunctioning.
Many of today’s dishwasher models have devices inside the door that recognizes when the door itself is completely shut. These devices can malfunction and can confuse the system, either falsely telling that the door is not closed, or is; this can have an effect on the water flow systems and even cause leaks.
The Dishwasher Simply Will Not Turn On
First of all, check to make sure that the system has power… First check to make sure that the electrical plug on the unit itself is connected in the back to its GFI. Older models especially can rattle loose from their connections and appear to be broken, when simply they have disconnected themselves. If the system is plugged in in the back and still is not turning on, check your power breakers. Make sure that the circuit breakers has not flipped, if it has, simply resetting the breaker should do the trick. If it still will not turn on, you can either inspect the visible wiring yourself for any tears or damaged wires, though it is highly recommended to call a professional at this point.
Home kitchen appliances can often give you problems, but when it comes to a dishwasher, these few simple tips usually are to blame if there is not a major repair job ahead. Try out these tips first before calling your local appliance or maintenance professional.