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5 Common Dishwasher Problems

5 Common Dishwasher Problems
If your dishwasher is in need of some help, it’s not the only one.

Today, the lifespan of a dishwasher is about 10-12 years. A decent model will last us for a significant time. However, there may come a point along the way where something goes wrong. If so, you’re not alone. Sometimes the issue is as simple as a bad dishwashing practice, something to ask a professional repairman to solve, or an issue you can resolve yourself. 

1. Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Turn On

If your dishwasher doesn’t turn on, check to see if it’s a problem with the home’s electricity first. Is there a blown fuse? Replug the appliance if needed. It could also be that the door is not closing properly. In more severe cases, the motor could be stuck, or one of the machine’s parts is malfunctioning. In the worst cases, call a professional to handle it safely.

2. It Isn’t Filling with Water

Of course, your dishwashing machine needs water to do its work. However, if no water is entering the machine, you may have a problem with your float valve or float switch. These parts control the amount of water that fills it. If that is not the issue, it could be that the dishwasher door is open or thinks the door is open when it is not.

3. It’s Filling with Too Much Water

It is no less pleasant when your dishwasher fills up with too much water. It can lead to one soapy kitchen floor! If your machine is simply leaking, check to see if something is lodged in the gasket or if it has any cracks where water can seep through it. On the other hand, if it is overflowing, you may be overloading it. Otherwise, the float switch, timer, or float valve may be the cause.

4. Your Dishes Come Out Wet

A dishwasher is supposed to dry your dishes as well as wash them. If they are still dripping wet when you open the door, it could be that the heating element or high-limit thermostat in the machine are not working. Also, check that there is rinsing aid in your rinse aid dispenser.

5. There’s Residue on Your Dishware

Perhaps the most common dishwasher problem is that the dishes are still dirty, or have a residue on them. First, make sure you’re not overloading the dishwasher. Also, are you scraping off excess waste before loading? Next, check if the machine itself is dirty. If all is clear, you may want to clean the filter. If you have white residue on your dishware, you probably have hard water, which special detergents can help. 

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