Dishwashers are indispensable for everyday use. The ones that leak or the ones that do not clean properly do not add to the solution but create more problems for you. Sometimes, the problems can be fixed by making minor replacements while in other cases, you may have to replace the entire unit. Listed below are some of the common problems that can arise with dishwashers and the things that you should avoid during the operation.
- Wiring problems
Dishwashers use up quite a lot of power. There are motors and built-in water heater inside the unit. If the socket that is being used for the power connection is not able to deliver the required, there could be a short circuit with the outside line. Also, the dishwasher is always using loads of water which can increase the risk of electrocution should there improper wiring within the machine.
- Delay cycle
During the rinsing, you will have an option of choosing in between warm and cold water. If you go rinsing with cold water for the first few cycles, the machine will be required to work harder to heat up the water for the latter cycles.
- Does not clean well
Sometimes, the dishwashers are unable to clean the dishes in the desired way. To avoid this, make sure that the dishwashers are clean before you load in the dishes. Dirty sprayer arms, strain screen or food particles and grease lodged into the door gasket can prevent the machine from working properly. Sometimes, hard water can also cause obstructions in the spray arms and reduce the pressure. You can run a cleaning cycle without the dishes to dislodge the gathered debris and repair or replace the gasket to keep the machine running properly.
If your dishwasher had been running quietly but suddenly starts producing a lot of noise, it could be because the motors or the pump had stopped working properly. To avoid this, check if these parts need replacement. Neglect can cause the entire machine to break down.
- The dishes look cloudy
If the dishes look cloudy or as if the soap has not been washed off properly, it could be due to the hardness of the water that is being fed into the machine. To keep this from happening, you can go for a regular detergent instead of the harder ones and treat your water reservoir with a water softener. This will not only protect the dishwasher but other water-using appliances as well.
- Improper draining
If the dishwasher stops draining properly, they will not only be able to clean the dishes properly but will also flood the kitchen and create an unnecessary mess for you to clean up. To keep this from happening, see if the check valve assembly in the drain pump needs any replacement or repair. Also, make it a point to frequently inspect the solenoid and drain flapper.
- The door does not lock well
If the door does not close properly, you will not be able to use the machine at all. This can happen due to the wearing of the door latch, debris gathered around the gasket or even a faulty configuration of the different parts inside the unit. If you are not able to fix the problem yourself, calling up a technician could help.