Dishwasher Causing You Problems? Three Issues To Troubleshoot On Your Own

Posted on: 11 November 2016


Using the kitchen dishwasher is a daily routine for most people. You load up the dirty dishes, and by pressing a couple buttons, your dishes will be clean without doing any hard scrubbing. That's why it's incredibly frustrating when the dishwasher isn't working properly. Thankfully, you can troubleshoot these three problems by following these tips.

Problem 1: Dishwasher Not Filling Up With Water

Do you hear the dishwasher running, but your dishes aren't coming out clean like they have in the past? The problem could be that the dishwasher isn't filling up with enough water. There are two reasons it could be happening to the dishwasher.

Check the water lines that are going to your dishwasher, and make sure that the valves have the lines open completely. If the water isn't flowing in quickly, it could be starting too soon. There could also be a problem with a stuck float, which is the mechanism that signals to the dishwasher that there is the right amount of water inside it. A stuck float can be what is saying the dishwasher is full of water, but it's actually not.

Problem 2: Dishwasher Not Draining

Some water will still be left in the basin of the dishwasher after running it. Be concerned if you see a lot of water though. This means the drain isn't working like it should, and could be caused by a pump not properly working or a backed up drain line.

You can use a wire brush for cleaning out the drain hose, but may have to completely replace the dishwasher's drain hose when you can't get deep within it. Check for blockages in the sink trap as well. It's possible that food waste or a piece of glass is causing that clog, causing the pump to be unable to remove water.

Problem 3: Dishwasher Leaking

A leaking dishwasher will cause problems with rot, mold, and mildew. Verify that the dishwasher is level, since a slanted dishwasher can have issues with water collecting against the dishwasher's door. The problem could also be with how a dishwasher is loaded, since an oddly placed item could cause the water to direct itself towards the vent.

If you can't figure out what is wrong with your dishwasher, call a plumber, like one from Travers Plumbing & Heating Inc. They can inspect the lines, help replace parts, and do more complex troubleshooting that you may not be able to do on your own.