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Most Common Dishwasher Issues
The cycle is over. You are glad that the cleaning is done. You open up the dishwasher only to discover that all the dishes and utensils are still wet. The job is complete, but only half way. The main cause, your heating element. If you check your heating element to find that it is working, check the high-limit thermostat instead. A faulty thermostat will cause the heating element to shut off before completing its only duty.
No one likes a stinky dishwasher. The last thing you want is your dishwasher flooding your kitchen with an unwanted aroma. The main cause of an unpleasant smell is leftover food that has been sitting inside for more than it should. So take a look inside your machine for any leftovers, and clean the dishwasher screen.
If you load up a batch of plates after a large family dinner and the cycle won't start, don’t panic. There are a couple of things you can do. Check if your dishwasher door is properly latched. Make sure to check the power source to see if the outlet is working correctly or if you have a blown fuse. If it sounds like your dishwasher is trying to work, but just will not run the way it should, your motor could be faulty. As a last resort, you can try running a power cycle.
If the water from the dishwasher leaks onto the floor flooding your kitchen, you may have an unfinished cycle that was turned off unexpectedly. Try running the dishwasher for another cycle. If that does not help, make sure to check your garbage disposal as the water from the dishwasher usually drains through it.
Check to see if any of the utensils are blocking the spray arms. Make sure you are not overloading your machine. Make sure to scrape the food of the plates before loading the dishwasher. Try to spin the spray arms with your hands to see if they spin easily. If they do not, they may be covered in food debris. To clean the spray arms gently brush them with a toothbrush or a pipe cleaner. Run the cycle again after cleaning.
The most frustrating thing is when you put a fresh pod of detergent inside your dishwasher to later find out that only half or none at all was used in the process. Scenarios like these could be the cause of a lack of water flowing through the dispenser. The soap compartment may not be opening correctly. Or the dishes have blocked the soap dispenser from opening.
Give your dishes a rinse if you see any water spots. It’s likely that the water from the dishwasher has been staying on for too long. If your utensils come out with white residue on them, it's likely due to hard water. Use a water softener to combat the issue.
If your dishwasher goes on a fritz and starts growling at you, the dishwasher's internal parts may be damaged. Seals and bearing rings could be the culprit of a noisy dishwasher, as well as a bent wash arm. You may want to contact ER Appliance repair to take a look at your dishwasher pump and motor to help you troubleshoot the problem
Make sure there aren’t any cracks, damage or food debris that is preventing the door from shutting completely. Clean the gasket. If you see any cracks you will likely need to replace it with a new one. If the dishwasher float switch is stuck in the down position, it can lead to overflowing and leaking. Make sure to clean your float switch and remove anything that might be preventing it from working correctly.
Why choose ER Appliance Repair Service?
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The service call fee will be deducted from the total cost of the repair. This fee includes costs of visiting your place and diagnosis.
The average you can expect to pay for dishwasher repair services is around $250. Dishwasher repairs could cost $50 to $150, but sometimes go up as high as $500 depending on the problem at hand.
If your dishwasher is more than 10 to 15 years old, you might be better off replacing it instead of paying for dishwasher repair services. Older dishwashers sometimes have higher repair costs due to the lack of availability of certain parts.
Compared to washing by hand, a dishwasher is far more efficient at getting your dishes cleaned. They are safer, much faster, and cheaper than any cost effective hand washing method.
Modern dishwasher on average, lasts approximately 6 to 10 years. Dishwashers like any other appliance, are subject to wear and tear. Major components such as a motor or a pump wear out over time and cost hundreds of dollars to repair.