Is your dishwasher on the fritz? While a dishwasher isn’t a necessity, is does make life better. Dishes pile up fast, especially if you have kids. If the dishwasher is down for even a day or two, household routines can be disrupted. Before you throw in the towel and call a repair service, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot and possibly fix a misbehaving dishwasher.
First, a caveat: If you work on a dishwasher, turn off the water and electricity to the appliance before making any repairs.
Here are some quick answers to commonly asked questions about dishwashers.
Why Is My Dishwasher Leaking?
- Cracked or brittle seals on the door can lead to leaking. Install a new seal, also called a tub gasket.
- Make sure you’re using dishwashing detergent. If you use dishwashing soap, suds will overflow the machine.
- A machine that’s tilting to one side may leak. Use a level to check the appliance. Adjust the legs on the bottom of the machine.
Why Won’t My Dishwasher Drain?
- Check for and clean a clogged filter. The filter is on the bottom of the appliance.
- Check that the cycle was completed. If the cycle didn’t finish its run, restart the machine.
- A kinked or improperly elevated drain hose can keep the unit from draining.
Why Won’t My Dishwasher Fill?
- Is the door latched, the cycle selected, the machine and water turned on?
- Does the machine have electricity? Check the circuit or fuse box.
- You could have a problem with the inlet hose. Look for leaks or sediment in the hose.
Why Is My Dishwasher Noisy?
- Rhythmic thumps happen when the wash arm bumps items that are improperly loaded. Pause the cycle and adjust the dishes in the rack.
- Unusually loud bangs indicate a problem. Stop the machine and look inside. Look for items that have fallen or broken.
- If the noise continues, there could be a problem with one of the parts. You’ll need to call a repair service.
Why Don’t My Dishes Get Clean?
- An overloaded washer doesn’t get dishes clean. Place fewer dished in the machine.
- Too many large items in the bottom rack can block water from circulating.
- The ideal temperature for dishwashers is 130 degrees. You may need to adjust your water heater if the water isn’t hot enough.
- Check the spray arms for blockages caused by food or other debris.
If your out-of-sorts dishwasher is old or can’t be easily repaired, it may make sense to buy a new one. The lifespan of these appliances is about 9 years. Simpson Plumbing can help you install a new dishwasher. Give us a call at 503-313-4827. We’d be happy to help you with a new appliance installation.