A dishwasher is a favorite appliance in today’s modern kitchen. If it fails to work, it can seem like a huge interruption in daily life. Although it is not the end of the world if a dishwasher fails to work, and sometimes the problem is fairly simple. Before calling for appliance repair services, there are a few common problems an appliance owner can check on their own. Considering that some of the most common problems a dishwasher can experience are also the simplest things to fix, dishwasher repair help is sometimes as close as opening the unit and taking a look!

Safety First

When troubleshooting any appliance, always be safe to unplug it first. Also, make sure to wait until the unit has cooled after running a cycle, since the heating element could still be hot, and cause a burn.

The Dishwasher Won’t Run

The most common cause of a non-working dishwasher, is the appliance has come unplugged. Therefore, make sure to check that it is plugged in, and that the outlet does not have a circuit breaker that needs to be reset. If both of these things are okay, check the fuse box to ensure the circuit breaker the appliance runs on has not tripped. Reset circuits, or replace fuses as necessary. If the unit is plugged in and getting electricity, check the timer and clear it to reset. Also, check the door switch, since a malfunctioning switch will prevent the appliance from running.

When the Dishwasher Won’t Drain

When there is a large amount of water left in the bottom of the dishwasher after a cycle, this could mean several things. Usually, the problem is either the sink trap is clogged and water is backing up, or the drain hose is clogged. It could also mean the pump that drains water from the appliance is bad. This should be tested and replaced if necessary. All of these issues should be checked before considering a call for dishwasher repair help

The Dishwasher Won’t Fill

When water delivery is the problem, first make sure the water supply to the dishwasher is actually turned on, and there is no water problem elsewhere in the house. After ensuring the appliance is unplugged and cool, shut off the hot water feed, disconnect it, disassemble the water valve and clean it out. Sometimes the hose filter attached to the appliance may be blocked, preventing water from flowing in. Also, check the float mechanism, which can also become clogged, and function improperly. Check the float switch with a voltmeter to make sure it is working. Once everything has been cleaned and put back together, if there is still no water flowing into the appliance, it may be time to get some appliance repair support, as the problem could be more serious.

The Dishwasher Won’t Stop Filling

Failure of the water to stop filling usually occurs due to a few main problems. First, make sure the timer is not stuck on "fill" by resetting the timer and trying to run the appliance again. After unplugging the appliance and allowing it to cool, check the water inlet valve to make sure it is clean. The inlet valve commonly gets stuck in an open position when dirty. Be sure to check the float switch with a voltmeter, and clean it. If any of these switches fail to respond to cleaning, or when tested show they are not working correctly, they should be replaced.

While many of these common dishwasher problems are easily checked, sometimes more extensive troubleshooting and repair is necessary. Homeowners who are able to check the basics can frequently determine what the problem is without having to call or schedule professional appliance repair support services. Depending on the verdict, especially if none of the ideas referenced above remedy the problem, professional dishwasher repair help may still be necessary!

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