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Problems that could affect your dishwasher

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Problems that could affect your dishwasher

Of all the appliances in your kitchen, there’s no doubt that your dishwasher relieves you of one of the most time-consuming household chores. Of course, dishwashers work hard to clean all your dishes. Not only do they operate at high temperatures but they also have powerful pumps to ensure proper water distribution and drainage. Since dishwashers have so many components, there are a number of faults that can occur.

Strange noises
When you start your dishwasher, you are bound to hear some kind of noise. However, if your dishwasher starts making strange or really loud noises, it could be time to call a professional repair technician. Some common reasons behind these noises include pump problems, worn wash arm seals, or a bearing ring that needs replacing. Given the complexity of this appliance, professional repairs are always recommended.

Failure to drain
This is one of the most frustrating of all dishwasher problems because it could leave your kitchen floor soaked. In many cases, the motor or drain pump is usually to blame, but there are a number of other possible causes for drainage issues. While waiting for a technician to arrive, you might want to prepare by grabbing a few old towels just in case. Also, never underestimate the importance of cleaning your dishwasher on a regular basis. The best practice is to rinse the food off your dishes before packing them in the dishwasher. In addition, you should check your dishwasher after ever cycle for the build up of food particles.

Dishes not clean
If your dishes are not coming out as clean as they should, it could be the result of faulty sprayer arms, strain screen problems, or other parts in the dishwasher could be clogged with food and dirt. Hard water can also leave your glassware looking spotty or foggy so make sure that you use a water softener with every wash cycle. If you have cleaned your dishwasher, but your dishes are still not as clean as they should be, you might want to have a professional diagnose the problem.

A leaky dishwasher is always an inconvenience. One of the common causes is a damaged or disconnected drainage hose. If you have checked this already and you cannot find the source of the leak without stripping the dishwasher yourself, you should call a technician. A professional will be able to get to the bottom of the problem quickly.

Wet dishes
You can expect your dishes to come out slightly wet once the wash cycle has completed. That said, your dishes will also be really hot, so you won’t be able to unpack immediately anyway. If your dishes are coming out cooler than they should and relatively soaked, the heating element could be to blame.

Foggy glassware
If your glasses and glassware end up with a cloudy appearance, you might have some hard water build up. If you clean your dishwasher on a regular basis, you can help prevent this problem. However, if the build up is too much, some parts might need to be replaced over time.

Door not closing
When you close your dishwasher, it should latch shut. If it does not, the dishwasher cycle cannot begin (as a safety precaution). If the latch is not catching, you might need to replace it. This is part of normal wear and tear, but other technical problems could also be to blame. If the latch is not the problem, call a technician to have a look and perform repairs.

Not turning on
If you are not having any electric trouble and your dishwasher is connected to a reliable power outlet, then the problem could be electronic. All electrical and electronic issues should always be repaired by trained technicians.

Water filling problems
If your dishwasher continues to fill with water or does not fill at all, you could have a faulty float switch, bad timer, or the inlet valves could be to blame. With so many possible causes, professional assistance is highly recommended. A DIY approach could only make the problem worse and playing the guessing game is not only time-consuming, but it can also prove expensive.

At Appliance CPR, we specialize in speedy dishwasher repairs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today on (647) 478-9692 for 24/7 emergency assistance.