Troubleshoot 4 Common Dishwasher Issues
However, your dishwasher is bound to experience issues that will leave you unsure of what to do. Before you put your money down for a repair or replacement, try troubleshooting these 4 common issues people experience with their dishwashers.
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If your dishwasher is barely cleaning your dishes, is it even a dishwasher? It’s important to keep your dishwasher clean for it to be able to clean your dirty dishes effectively. Check the strain screen, door gasket and the spray arm and remove any residue or leftover food particles. Refer to your owner’s manual if you are unsure where these parts are. If you use hard water, there will be calcium build up on your spray arms that need to be cleaned off. If you notice that the spray arm is worn out, have it replaced by a professional technician.
After the inspection, follow up with an empty cleaning cycle using just dishwasher cleaner to thoroughly clean the interior of your dishwasher. Vinegar or baking soda work great for this.
One of the most commonly dreaded dishwasher issue is when it starts leaking. Not only does it not allow your dishwasher to work efficiently but it may do damages to the flooring of your kitchen. Inspect the drainage hose and the gaskets in the heating element for any cracks.
If there are no cracks, proceed to look at the door gasket. Chances are the gasket has worn out and and needs to be replaced. Another possible suspect is the pump seal as it may be defective. If the pump seal is defective, consider replacing the seal or entire pump. For this you will also need to call a technician to make sure it is done properly.
If your dishwasher has an unpleasant smell after each washing cycle, inspect the strainer screen, spray arm jets and the bottom of the door for any grease or food that’s been trapped in the jets. Clean those areas and proceed to run an empty cycle using dishwasher cleaner or disinfectant. A good way to prevent food from getting trapped in the dishwasher is by rinsing the dirty dishes and removing large chunks of food before placing them into the dishwasher.
Most dishwashers are bound to be noisy unless you’ve purchased a dishwasher that was made to be extremely quiet. However, if you notice that your dishwasher has gotten more noisy over time, then perhaps there is something wrong with it. Check to see if the pump is worn out or has any damages. If not, then there is a chance that the spray arms aren’t able to turn properly and are hitting the racks and dishes. In that case, you will need to get the spray arms repaired or replaced.