The days of cleaning plates by hand have long since passed in favor of dishwashers that now come standard in many homes. This appliance saves a significant amount of water, time and effort, while still ensuring that each item gets clean. However, there are a few problems that homeowners may experience with their machine that could require dishwasher repair. Let's take a look at some common dishwasher issues to watch out for:
Many homeowners have accepted that their dishwashers are noisy. The inherent noise from these appliances is a given, but if it's making more of a racket than normal or if unusual sounds start emerging, there could be something wrong. Excessive noise could be the result of a defective pump. The wash arm seal or bearing ring could also be the culprit in this case, but simply replacing them could solve the problem. If these items have all been addressed but the persistent noise remains, it could mean that your spray arms aren't working as they should. Call in an expert plumber to determine the true cause of the issue and discuss what repair options are available.
For minor leaks or water pooling on the floor, it could be coming from a poorly sealed door. If there's moisture directly under the door, it's indicative of a bad seal, but if none appears, a loose hose connection may be the cause. Once you've narrowed down the leak to the door as the culprit, you should check the gasket, clean the float switch and adjust the door if necessary. These easy fixes can be done on your own. However, if you continue to have a leak or find that the water is originating from a bad hose, it will be better to call in a professional to handle the issue.
Filling and draining problems
Dishwashers are fairly complex in the sense that they measure out the exact amount of water necessary, and must drain it when the cleaning processes have been completed. However, there can be a number of issues that stem from filling and draining operations. Some homeowners may notice that their appliance doesn't fill, won't stop filling or doesn't drain all the way. Each of these signal that there's a greater problem that must be detected right away. However, fixing these issues isn't easy and can require an expert with the right set of tools to finish the job. For example, if the dishwasher doesn't stop filling, you would need to get into the float switch terminal to measure it with a volt-ohm. These aren't items or tools that most homeowners deal with on a daily basis, so having an expert on your side will be crucial.
When your dishwasher isn't living up to the quality you expect, that could indicate that there's an issue. If your dishes come out still dirty, first make sure that there's no grease, food or other items lingering in the machine. There's a good chance that your sprayer arms could be blocked, so determining if this is the case should be a priority. If your sprayer arm's movement is obstructed, or if it's worn out, it may need to be replaced. These solutions will help get your dishwasher back into working order.
Homeowners can experience a number of problems with their dishwasher over the years, but many of these issues are easy to address. With your local Sarasota plumbing expert from Roto-Rooter, you can fix your appliance correctly and extend its value.