Dishwashers are wonderful appliances that make cleaning up the kitchen much easier. So when your dishwasher is having problems, it can be very frustrating. Luckily, many dishwasher issues can be fixed, so you are not necessarily stuck buying a new dishwasher. Some of the most common dishwasher problems include the following.
Dishes Are Not Coming Out Clean
The last thing you want is to load your dishwasher only to notice that your dishes are still dirty after the cleaning cycle ends. If you notice that your dishwasher isn't cleaning properly, there are several steps you should take. First, check out the sprayer arms, strain screen, and door gasket to see if grease, food particles, or other debris are stuck. Clean these areas, and then use a dishwasher cleaner and run a cleaning cycle while the dishwasher is empty. You may also want to carefully inspect the sprayer arms; if your home has hard water the sprayer arms may need to be cleaned to remove mineral buildup so they can spray water properly.
Most dishwashers make some type of noise when in operation, but if your dishwasher has become increasingly noisy, there is probably a problem. It is a good idea to call an appliance repair service in this situation. The wash-arm seal or bearing ring may need to be replaced, or the pump may be in need of repair or replacement.
Dishwasher Is Leaking Water
A lot of water is used during a normal dishwasher cycle, so if your dishwasher is leaking, this can quickly cause a flood in your kitchen. When you have a leaking dishwasher, locate the drainage hose under your sink and check for holes or cracks. If the drainage hose is in good repair but the dishwasher is still leaking, this may be a sign that you need to have the pump or pump seal replaced by an appliance-repair technician.
Dishes Are Not Dry at the End of the Cycle
When you do a load of dishes in the dishwasher, you don't want to have to dry them before you put them away. If your dishes are coming out wet, first make sure that the dishwasher is set properly to have a heated drying cycle. Another common cause of wet dishes after a washing cycle is a faulty heating element. In most cases, an appliance repair technician can use a multi-meter to check to see if the heating element is working and then replace it if needed.