You simply cannot avoid appliance repairs, but don’t be scared, it is not complicated at all to repair your dishwasher. You only need to figure out how your dishwasher works and how to identify its problems. We will give you some tips on what could be wrong and how to repair it. First, dishwasher have different parts than refrigerator (refrigerator parts), and also different working mechanism.
Control panels on new dishwashers can appear terrifying. They are full of different buttons and dials, so they seem too complicated to repair. However, you shouldn’t be worried, that is far from truth. Apart from the control panels, dishwashers are basically the same as they have always been. Their parts can be changed as units, so it is quite easy to remove the part, take it to a retailer for testing, and replace it if needed. Dishwashers are connected to the plumbing and electricity, so disconnect both of them before you start working on it.
When your dishwasher isn’t working, first check and see if it is receiving power (the cord, the plug, the outlet, the switch). Ensure that the door is properly closed and locked, because it will not work otherwise. Confirm that the water temperature is high. If it is not, the water heater is the problem. Double-check if the controls on the control panel are correctly set, and that the buttons are in right places. If you have checked all of these things, and you still haven’t found the solution, it’s time to take the dishwasher apart.
You can access most dishwasher parts through the front door, and you can make most of the repairs this way. Remove the door, check door gaskets and latches, switches and timer. If the problem is in the leaking water, the gasket is presumably damaged. The next thing is to check the door latch. Adjust it if the water is leaking and the gasket is ok. Just loosen the screws and reposition it. If it is still not properly working, replace it. If the same problem still persists, then the plumbing connections could be defective. The leak is probably at the metal fittings, and they are in need of tightening. The switch can be checked with a VOM. If it reads zero, the switch is functioning.
If it reads higher, it is damaged and in need of replacement. Dishwashers are often secured from spills with a float switch. It is located in the bottom dish rack.
If the float valve is stuck, clean it and free it. Damaged timers can create various problems, and they are so complex that you should ask for an appliance repair professional to repair them.
Very worn or deformed valves can’t be fixed, and need to be replaced. Just unscrew the valve and remove it. Install the new one in its place.
When the sprayer arms cause problems, you need to clean them and they will work efficiently again.
To sum up, if your dishwasher is having problems, you can try and fix it yourself or call some professional. But before you call anyone, make sure some you’ve eliminated some basic and easy fixes.
Don’t let small problems keep you from using your dishwasher and handle them yourself following these tips.