It’s hard to imagine life without the modern convenience of dishwashers. Dishwashers are so much a part of our lives now that many of us have them running two or three times a day. This kind of extended use can cause your dishwasher to malfunction, which can lead to leakage and serious plumbing problems. Avoid these bigger problems by following this simple guide to dishwasher maintenance and repair.
The most common reason why dishwashers break down is because they are being loaded incorrectly. Dishwashers can’t handle more than a certain amount of dishes; if you overload your dishwasher, it’s likely to break down while trying to handle the extra work.
Make sure you’re loading the dishes on the correct racks and that you’re using the right kind of detergent. A dishwasher is a lot less likely to break down if it’s used in the way it was intended to be.
Clean Small Parts
If you’ve been using your dishwasher correctly but still experiencing technical malfunctions, there may be some dirt buildup in your dishwasher that is stopping it from working.
Clear out any debris from your dishwasher’s float and filter. The float is the large spinning object inside your dishwasher; it should be able to move up and down independently. Clean the inside of the valve that connects the dishwasher to your water source. Your dishwasher won’t be able to operate if these different parts are covered in grime.
Consult a Professional
Finally, if you’ve tried these steps and your dishwasher is still unresponsive, it’s time to call a professional. The source of the problem could within the dishwasher itself, or it could be part of a larger plumbing problem in your home. Don’t risk serious plumbing problems by trying to tackle the problem without a professional opinion. A plumber will be able to identify and solve the issue, whatever it is.
If you’re experiencing issues with your dishwasher but can’t figure out what it is, contact us at ClearView Plumbing and our professionals will be right over to get to the bottom of it.