Unlike most appliances in the household, the dishwasher is one of the easiest things to use, but one of the most complicated to fix. You have to keep in mind that not only does it deal with electrical connections, but also with the plumbing. Here are some things that you have to remember when dealing with your broken dishwasher. Remember to have your manual with you.
- The dishwasher does not work at all. Some dishwashers may have a separate outlet, but most are directly connected to your main electrical panel. You have to check your circuit breaker to see if it tripped. If it didn’t, turn your dishwasher on again. If its motor just hums, but nothing else moves, it might be your motor. Check your manual diagram to see how to go about cleaning it up.
- Water is not hot enough. It could be connected to the electrical wiring and the dishwasher is not receiving enough current. Another factor would be the water heating system in the house. The heating system might not be hot enough for the dishwasher to wash your dishes properly. Put your water heater up to 120 F and see if it works better. Some dishwashers have heating mechanisms installed and can amplify the heat to about 140 F. Check your manual for your dishwasher’s features.
- Spray arm is not spinning. You can try spinning it manually to check if it can spin freely. If it doesn’t spin, follow your manual to go about removing your spray arm. More often than not, it could have gunk stuck in it. You can remove this by using some pliers, or in the case that the area is too small for pliers, try tweezers.
- There’s a puddle on the floor. Sounds like a dishwasher door problem. The dishwasher naturally has water in the bottom part to keep the machine from overheating, but finding water on your floor is a problem. Be sure to turn off all electric currents in your dishwasher before poking around to see where the leak is. If the rubber on the door is coming off, the best remedy would be to stick it with super adhesive glue as a temporary measure. Check the whole door for other potential leak areas and leave the glue to dry before using the washer again.
Remember, all the parts of your dishwasher work together to ensure that you have sparkly clean dishes and utensils. Aside from checking for potential problems, you should also be careful in how you use it. Things like scraping off table scraps before putting your dishes in the washer saves your motor and your spray arm from a lot of damage, not to mention your hands and your pocket. If the basic machine check you have performed did not help you in finding the problem, then it is the time to call in the repairman and roll up your sleeves. A bit of extra work never hurts anyone. At least you did your best in trying to help your poor dishwasher first.