Common Dishwasher Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them

Nothing is more frustrating than a dishwasher that doesn’t do its job. You use up all that hot water and soap and expect your dishes to come out clean and dry, but they still end up spotted, smelly, or covered in caked-on crumbs. Because dishwashers are arguably the most commonly used large appliances, mechanical problems can sometimes occur. Here are common dishwasher issues and how to troubleshoot them:

Common Problem #1: Dishes Are Coming Out Dirty

This is an everyday gripe and one that annoys us most of all. After all, what good is a dishwasher if it doesn’t wash your dishes? There are actually many reasons your dishwasher isn’t performing its primary function, but the main reason for dishes coming out dirty is that you aren’t rinsing your dishes enough before placing them on the rack, which means that all that food is getting swished around with the hot water and detergent. Don’t listen to commercials that try to convince you that their dishwashers can clean dishes with full plates of food stuck to them.

Troubleshooting Tips:

●Remove the screen and gasket and wash them out completely of food particles.
●Thoroughly clean your dishwasher by running a hot, empty cycle.
●Rinse your dishes of debris and grease before placing them in the dishwasher.

Common Problem #2: Glasses Are Scummy or Film

While spotted glasses aren’t exactly dirty, the presence of that filmy layer may mean that your house is running hard water, which means that those white spots are mineral deposits. There are other signs that your faucets are running hard water, such as soap scum on your shower curtain, white film around your faucets, and even dry skin. Hard Water doesn’t only affect the cleanliness of your glassware. It can also shorten the lifespan of your hot water heater.

Troubleshooting Tips:

●For a temporary solution, try using detergent that has a water-softening agent.
●Using more detergent for every cycle often does the trick.
●Consider installing a water softening system in your house.

Common Problem #3: Water Won’t Drain

A clogged dishwasher can lead to major problems, such as flooding and water damage to your floors and cupboards…not to mention a dishwasher that leaves you with a bunch of smelly half-washed dishes that are trapped behind a door of water. The main reason for a dishwasher that doesn’t drain properly is that there is a clog somewhere. The likely culprit: trapped food debris, or an obstruction in the sink drain hose.

Troubleshooting Tips:

●Clean out the screen from the bottom of the dishwasher and remove any obstructions. Clear plastic from food wrappers is a common culprit.
●Check for clogs or kinks in the kitchen sink drain line. A clogged sink can prevent your dishwasher from draining properly.
●Unfortunately, if the drain pump isn’t working properly, it may need to be replaced.

For all other dishwashing problems, book an appointment or contact ClearView Plumbing & Heating today to discuss how we can help you with your dishwasher plumbing problems.

By | 2018-05-26T11:33:59+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, ClearView Plumbing & Heating, Plumbing Services|