Dishwasher Repair Tips

Fixing a dishwasher isn’t generally an emergency. That means you’ll have ample time to troubleshoot the problem and try to figure out if you can fix it yourself. There are plenty of situations where you won’t have to call a repair person, but when you’re in doubt, it’s better to call a professional than cause a bigger problem. In the case of your dishwasher basket being broken, it’s better to simply replace it rather than fixing it because that could cause other problems for the machine. Spares2you is a great example of how easy it is to get all the necessary kitchen appliances spares.

Dishwasher doesn’t run

If your dishwasher has no response after switching it on, then it might be a power problem.

  • Be absolutely sure the power is on. If the door is latched and nothing happens when the control is engaged, the appliance might not be receiving power.
  • Check the circuit breaker. If the fuse is blown or there’s a tripped circuit breaker, then either replace the fuse or switch the breaker to off and then to on.
  • The switches and the timer might be faulty. If power is available to the appliance, but nothing happens when you turn it on, then check the switches or the door. After turning off the power, slightly adjust the door’s latch to see if it fixes the problem. If the problem is with the time or selector switch, then it’s best to call a professional to fix it.

Dishwasher doesn’t fill

This means the dishwasher either doesn’t fill or it drains too soon.

  • The first step is to make sure the water supply is turned on. Check if the water supply stop valve is open all the way, because it might have been closed for some other reason.
  • If the stop valve is open, but the problem persists, then the cause might be the float. After turning the power off, disconnect the float on the base of the dishwasher. You should hear the float click after moving it up and down, and after removing it, clean around the float tube. When it’s clean, place the float back in place, but make sure it moves up and down freely.
  • Disassemble water inlet valve. After shutting off the hot water valve, find the water inlet valve behind the dishwasher’s bottom front panel. After disassembling the valve, the screen should be revealed. Clean any debris that might have formed around it, but if it’s already clean, then call a repair person.

Dishwasher leaks

  • One of the main causes for annoying leaks is the detergent. Try cutting back on the detergent to see if that stops the leaks.
  • Sometimes when the dishes are improperly loaded, water can splurge through the door vent. Also, the door itself might have to be adjusted for tightness, or the door gasket might be faulty.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is properly levelled. There are units that can be adjusted only from the front side, but there are some that have level adjuster both on the front and the back.
  • If it’s an older dishwasher, then it might have corroded on the bottom. If that’s the case, then it might be time for a new dishwasher.