Appliance Repair Guide for Dishwashers


American Appliance Repair Guide

There’s nothing more upsetting than when you expect a particular outcome and are instead met with an awful surprise. When you get up in the morning for work, you expect your car to start just fine. Same with when you bite into a cooked meal and surprisingly discover that it’s still cold. Our expectations help guide our attitudes and behaviors and can cause us distress when they turn out otherwise. When you go to fetch a cup from your cabinet to enjoy a glass of water, the last thing you want is to discover midway through drinking are the presence of gross particles swirling and spinning. In disgust, a person may abandon their drink or attempt to rewash the glass by hand. While doing that, they glance over to their dishwasher and think: “Why didn’t it clean in the dishwasher? Is it broken? Should I consider appliance repair?”

If these are questions you’ve asked yourself, then don’t worry as there are many ways to tell if your dishwasher needs consideration appliance repair: dishes not cleaning well, grotesque smells, the dishwasher making too much noise, problems draining, the dishwasher not filling or filling too much, and simply the dishwasher not starting whatsoever.

Dishes Aren’t Cleaning Well

Before doing anything, take everything out of the dishwasher and make sure to check the spraying arms and strain screen. If there are any leftover debris and food remnants, remove them. The spraying arms spray high-pressure water through little holes while the strain screen drains water. Both play a huge role in the dishwashing process, so if any of these parts get clogged, it will lead to issues. Also, remember to rinse dishes before loading the dishwasher, eliminating the possibility of food remnants getting jammed. If dishes are still not cleaning, consider the spraying arm as broken due to them not being incapable of spraying water at the necessary speeds.


Horrible Smells

Perhaps the problem you’re experiencing with your dishwasher is more related to a persistent and lingering odor. It’s not reassuring that your “clean dishes” have been run through a machine that reeks. It can feel as though your dishes are contaminated. To resolve this, add a cup of white vinegar in a hot water-resistant container. Then run your dishwasher on a hot water cycle. After the cycle is complete, add one cup of baking soda on the bottom around the strain screen and do another hot water cycle. After doing this, your dishwasher should be smelling better than before. If there are still smells, consider the drainage pump as broken, contributing to the gross smells trapped within the dishwasher.


Noisy Washer

The dishwasher is now making too much noise while cleaning. Please note that most make a lot of noise, but if it becomes much louder than observed initially, there may be issues. During cycles, always make sure the spraying arms aren’t hitting any of your dishes. This will not only make noise but damage the spraying arms. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, consider that your drainage pump may be damaged, causing a loud water drainage noise. Or your spraying arms are not correctly rotating, which causes them to crash into your dishes during each cycle.


Dishwasher won’t fill or fills too much

For dishwashers to run appropriately, a steady water supply is needed. Check the water inlet valve and examine if it needs to be fixed, as well as the float and float switch. The float switch ensures there’s an appropriate amount of water being consumed. Make sure to clean and remove any debris. Remember to investigate if your water is turned on under the sink by checking the water supply stop valve. Dishwashers that won’t stop filling typically have defective float switches, a stuck timer, or a stuck water inlet valve.


Dishwasher won’t start

A dishwasher is useless if it won’t start. Now it’s just a dish supply cabinet. The first thing to do is to make sure any fuses or circuit breakers haven’t blown or tripped. If a circuit tripped, slide the lever to turn it back on located in the panel. Inspect if your dishwasher is plugged in correctly and check to see if there’s any wire damage. Another possible issue includes the door latch being broken. Please note that if the door isn’t closed correctly, it won’t start. If your latch isn’t broken, check the timer or electrical control.


Many people may be stuck trying to reconcile between enduring through their nightmare dishwasher and seeking repairs. Perhaps the problems will go away if the dishwasher is left alone? The reality is that these issues don’t resolve themselves. The entire point of owning a dishwasher is to achieve cleaner dishes than what can humanely be managed as well as being efficient with your time. If you don’t get your dishwasher repaired early, then these occurring issues may only get worse. And the worse the problem or problems become, the more money it’ll cost to fix them. If your dishwasher needs repair, feel free to contact us at American Appliance. We have a strong support team that will make sure your dishwasher runs safely and efficiently.