Dishwasher Not Working? These Troubleshooting Tips Can Help!

Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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If your dishwasher stops working properly (or at all), it can be a major inconvenience. There are a few main reasons why this could be happening, like dirty filters or clogged spray arms. Here are some tips to help you troubleshoot your dishwasher.

1. Is the interior of the machine dirty?

Dishwashers are meant to clean, but they will still get dirty. This causes issues with the efficiency and functionality of the equipment. Mineral deposits from hard water, tiny scraps of food, soap, and grease can all buildup in your dishwasher. Be sure to clean the interior regularly.

2. Check the filter

Some older dishwashers have filters that help with self-cleaning. These grind down leftover food particles until they can be washed down the plumbing pipes. In newer models, this filter is removable. If the filter is clogged, you can clean it by following the manual’s instructions. Some hot, soapy water will usually do the trick.

3. Make sure the spray arms aren’t clogged

These are found above and below the racks and contain jets that spray out water. If these become clogged, the pressure will be greatly reduced. If you are going to remove the spray arms, be sure to follow the instructions. Some come off easily while others require basic tools.

4. Is the soap dispenser broken?

You should verify that the door to the soap dispenser is working correctly. If it isn’t, it may release soap at the wrong time during the cycle or not at all. The spring that opens the door may be jammed. If this is the case, you can use a small brush to clean this part of your dishwasher. You can also use hot water and vinegar to help dissolve grease. Keep in mind that if the spring or gasket are broken, you will need to have them replaced.

5. Check the water temperature

Most dishwashers require temperatures of at least 120° Fahrenheit to clean properly. Some have a mechanism built-in that will boost the temperature of the water, but others do not. You can manually set the temperature, but do not go over 120° Fahrenheit because it can burn your skin. You can also run the hot water in your sink for about a minute to ensure it is moving through pipes.

6. Are there any pressure or volume issues?

If you are experiencing these problems, you will likely see them affecting other appliances in your home. These aren’t the types of problems most people can troubleshoot, so calling a plumbing or appliance service company can help.

Do you need help with your dishwasher?

If you are unsure about troubleshooting your appliances or would just like a professional to take a look, give Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical a call. We Service a variety of equipment from most major brands including dishwashers, refrigerators, ice makers, wine coolers, ranges, stoves, and more. You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 to learn more.