The dishwasher is one of the least complicated appliances that can be found in the modern home. But like all things both living and metallic, sometimes things go wrong, and before calling in a repairman which could be costly, do some homework and learn how to analyze some of the more obvious malfunctions.
Before attempting anything, check your dishwasher manual and look specifically for a troubleshooting guide, which usually covers the more common problems that occur. These can include: water temperature deviations, poor washing, failed motor, overflows or leaks and door-latch problems.
Do your own troubleshooting and check for those causes that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to recognize, like a blockage or an extremely dirty situation that can adversely affect the normal flow of the water. If the problem is not addressed in the guide and you find yourself in a puddle that may soon require a paddle to navigate through, you may need the help of an appliance professional to fix the problem.
If there is a puddle in front of your dishwasher, this is usually quite simple to repair. You might have to alleviate the situation by tightening a few fittings or leveling the dishwasher so the water doesn’t spill out when the machine is running. The very worst scenario might mean the replacement of a door gasket.
Some things have obvious causes; others do not. For example, the float switch assembly is usually the culprit when a dishwasher overflows. This cylinder-shaped piece of plastic may be found either on one side along the cabinet front or near the sprayer head in the middle of the machine. If the float is sticking or the on /off electrical water switch is malfunctioning, you will have to unscrew and remove a protective cap to get to the float. Once you clean away any debris or mineral deposits, which may be causing it to stick and jam, the machine will function as normal.
The purpose of the dishwasher’s intake screen is to filter out rust and other debris. If the screen cannot do its job, the washer’s pump and other parts can be subject to damage. A slow flow of water can be an indication that the intake screen is overloaded. Remove and clean the screen and all will be well. If you cannot remove the mineral deposits from the screen, soak it overnight in a bowl of white vinegar.
Do it yourself repairs have their place and they can save you money in the long run. If however, these alterations do not improve the performance of your dishwasher, it is time to call in reinforcements. Call the cavalry also known as Appliance Doctor at: 1 800 339-0353