As with literally all appliances, the dishwasher is a tremendous time-saver. Just load it up after the dinner party and get back to the fun.
Actually, the sooner you can get the load into the dishwasher and get it started, the better your chances of having the best results. No matter what the manufacturers say about their detergent, if the dishes are left with food that has dried on, it is much more likely that they will come out of the dishwasher with some of that food still on.
Here are some of the common problems that dishwasher owners might face.
1) THE DISHWASHER PROGRAM WON’T START
a) Check that the door is closed properly and has clicked shut.
b) If the door is shut, there could be a fault with the switch.
c) If you here a sound that’s different than usual, or a buzzing/humming sound, the motor might be stuck.
d) The pump may be blocked in some way.
2) THE DISHWASHER DOESN’T FILL
a) The water level sensor/float might have become stuck making the dishwasher think it is already filled with water.
b) Check that the door is shut properly, and has clicked into place.
c) The door switch could be faulty.
3) THE DISHWASHER IS OVERFILLING
a) Again, this could be the float that is possibly stuck and lying about the fact that the machine still needs more water.
b) The water inlet could be faulty and stuck in the open position.
IF YOUR DISHWASHER STARTS TO LEAK, IMMEDIATELY SWITCH IT OFF AND TURN OFF THE WATER INLET TAP. PLACE SOME OLD TOWELS AROUND TH BASE OF THE DISHWASHER TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF WATER.
4) THE DISHES ARE NOT BEING CLEANED PROPERLY
a) As mentioned above, this could happen if dishes had dried-on food debris before the dishwasher cycle was started.
b) If the dishwasher has been overloaded, some items might block the circulation of the water inside the machine, preventing other items from being reached and cleaned by the sprayer arm.
5) DISHWASHER WON’T EMPTY/DRAIN
a) Blocked drain pump.
b) Faulty drain pump
c) Clogged filter
d) If the machine has just been installed, it is important to ensure that connection to the waste disposal unit or under-sink plumbing has been done correctly. We have seen installations where a knockout plug under the sink is still intact, thus blocking the draining operation.
6) WATER IS LEAKING FROM THE DISHWASHER
a) Door seal is worn and needs to be replaced
b) The dishwasher has been overloaded causing the spray inside to be directed towards the door forcefully.
c) The drain hose connection may not be sealed correctly
7) DISHWASHER DOOR DOESN’T CLOSE PROPERLY
a) Dishwasher doors tend to be slammed often. As a consequence, things can move out of alignment which would then require realignment.
b) Faulty door latch which can be caused by slamming. This will need to be replaced.
8) DISHWASHER IS MAKING A NOISE.
a) The sprayer arm could be hitting items inside the dishwasher. If this is the case, simply shift items away from the arm.
b) Check to see if something has come adrift inside the machine and is rattling around on the floor.
c) Something could have found its way down into the pump.
This is not a complete list of faults that occur with dishwashers. If you have a fault that is not listed here and you require some further help or advice, give us a call at Frederick Appliance Services on (301) 683-5959 for help and advice.