Basic TroubleshootingLet’s begin with a few basic dishwasher appliance troubleshooting tips. Check the power to ensure the breaker on the main power panel isn’t tripped to the neutral or off position. Also, check the appliance itself to ensure the safety lock isn’t engaged. If the safety lock is activated, it won’t work as it should. Also, look under the kitchen cabinet, adjacent to the appliance. See if the hoses are in good condition.
Simple maintenance will wipe out 90 percent of dishwasher problems. The three common problems are: the dishes don’t come out clean, the dishwasher leaks water, and the dishwasher won’t start. We’ll show you how to make the fixes yourself and save the money you would have paid a repairman. —Family HandymanAnother thing to check is the inside. If the spray arms are blocked or clogged up, that’s likely the cause of recent poor performance. And, look carefully at the heating coils at the bottom. These should not be rusted, corroded, or worn out.
Dishwasher Replacement Signs in Fort MyersBefore you start shopping around for a new appliance, ensure the dishwasher is on its last leg. Because a dishwasher, like other major appliances, has several components, there’s often at least one or more telltale signs it’s going bad:
- Dishes are not clean. Talk about super obvious. But, this can actually mean more than one thing.
- Water pools underneath. Water pooling is generally due to a bad door gasket and/or faulty float switch. Look for any cracks or stickage. If one of these doesn’t function, it can cause water to puddle. It could be a clog, bad spray arms or the dishes were loaded to close and/or too many dishes were put inside the appliance. Rerun the dishwasher with fewer dishes. If the dishes are clean, it’s okay but if the dishes are dirty, there’s a problem. Have it checked out by an experienced technician to pinpoint the issue.
- Too much or too little water. This problem is likely due to a bad float switch or water supply line. Check both to ensure they are in good, working condition. And, check to see if there’s any clogging.
- No draining occurs after cycling. This could result if the drain is clogged, the filter is clogged, or clogged strainers. Should you find one or more, do not continue to use the appliance.