A well-working dishwasher saves you time each night so you don't have to stand at the kitchen sink washing your dinner dishes. For that reason, we know how important it is to make sure your dishwasher is performing at its best.
Signs You Need Dishwasher Repair Service
- Loud Noises
- Drainage Issues
- Door Not Latching
- Dishes Not Being Cleaned
- Detergent Not Dispensing
- No Longer Drying Dishes
Did You Know
96% of people spend an HOUR each week pre-washing.
Pre-washing can waste nearly 20 gallons of water per cycle. Before loading, just scrape off the food and let your dishwasher do the rest. This actually will get your dishes cleaner because the detergent has something to grab on to. Soap detergents will attack the surface of the dishes if there is no food left on them, making them weaker and more prone to damages.
COMMON DISHWASHER ISSUES
As of July 1st, 2010 detergent manufacturers had to remove phosphates from their soap. Phosphates helped to clean the dishes and they also neutralized minerals in the water to keep this white film from appearing. These are some ideas for you to get your dishes to come out clean!
Clean all of the soap residues out of the dishwasher. If you have a stainless steel interior, we have a cleaner that our technicians can use or you can use when it is time. This needs to be done because all of the soap and soap deposits need to be removed from the dishwasher. Please note that mixing different brands of phosphate-free soaps can make the problem much worse.
We recommend that you first reduce your soap use or change your product. The brand that we recommend (as well as Bosch, Whirlpool & Maytag) is Finish. Finish® has replaced phosphates with enzymes and it works very well. With our service, our technicians provide free samples for your use. Please consult your manual if you own an ASKO or MIELE dishwasher. They may recommend a particular powder detergent that will work best with their cycles.
This sounds crazy, but it's true! Do not rinse your dishes before putting them in your dishwasher. Dishes need to be scraped off, but the residues need to be left on the dishes for the soap to work properly. The detergent enzymes need something to wash and if you clean the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher on a regular basis, the dishwasher and soap won't work as well.
It is important to resolve this issue immediately or before you use it again or it will overflow. The most common reason for a dishwasher not draining is caused by a clog in one of the drain lines if not a dirty air gap or strainer. Another simple error could cause this issue – an open latch. Check that the door and latch are properly closed to seal the system or it won't drain.
MAKING LOUD NOISES
Issues could be related to the heater fan, motor, water-inlet valve, or a pump. The grinding on rusting or worn bearings or a fan blade may have become loose. Sometimes it's the motor that makes the noise you hear. Worn bearings can allow a wobbling which can be very loud. Sometimes, this will cause a leak from inside the motor. If the bearings are rusty to worn, the entire motor and housing will need to be replaced on most models.
Modern dishwashers may make a squealing or rattling noise when it has not had any water in it yet. These noises can reappear if the unit hasn't been run in a week or more because the system is dry. Rattling noises are often caused by the dishes inside. To verify, run the dishwasher empty, and if the sound continues the pump may have debris. Commonly, small objects get stuck in the pump. To clean out, the pump needs to be opened or replaced. If the sounds stop when empty, the sounds may be caused by the sprayer arms hitting something as they move. To prevent this, rearrange the dishes and continue the wash cycle.
An issue with the dishwasher door seal can cause a leak. The seal between the door and the opening in the front of the unit is verified with the latch connection. The latch could be a press button or just the sound of a click. When the seal is worn, a leak can be created as the machine sprays water on the dishes. It is normal that over time, the chemicals in the detergent along with the heat of the water inside can break down a seal.
Any plumbing connections like valves or seals connected to the dishwasher could be faulty which could lead to a slow leak from the connection.
A simple solution or cause comes down to one thing: Soap. Using too much dishwasher detergent actually is one of the leading causes of leaks. If a leak is detected around the door, open the dishwasher and check to see how much foam is inside. Any more than a half-inch deep layer of foam at the bottom of the machine is too much soap. Sometimes, even the wrong kind of detergent could cause a leak. Never use dish-washing soap for use in a sink!