DIY Repair Guide for Common Dishwasher Problems

Most modern kitchens are equipped with a dishwasher. This plumbing appliance really comes in handy when it comes to doing the dishes. But just like any other plumbing appliance in the home, dishwashers require proper upkeep to keep functioning properly, and when any problem crops up, it should be fixed post-haste. 

Knowing about some of the most common dishwasher problems and what you can do to fix each problem can go a long way towards ensuring you keep your dishwasher working properly for a long time. Keep reading on below to inform yourself in that regard.

Your dishwasher won't power up. 

If you switch on your dishwasher and it doesn't start, chances are high that you are faced with an electrical problem. Before paying any attention to the appliance itself, you should first check the power outlet. If your dishwasher is plugged in and turned on but it doesn't run, you should unplug it from the power outlet and use a voltage tester to check if power is flowing through the outlet. If there's no power, then you should unscrew the casing of your outlet and look for faulty wiring, a blown fuse or any other problem that may be causing the problem. 

If power is flowing through your outlet, your dishwasher may be the cause of the problem. Before getting started with any repairs, turn off the power supply to the dishwasher—it is best to unplug the appliance from the outlet. Thereafter, use your screwdriver set for appliance repairs to unscrew your dishwasher and check for any faulty wiring or damaged electrical components such as a blown fuse and bad fan motor, which may be causing your appliance not to power up.

Leaks from your dishwasher onto the floor.

Leaking is one of the most serious problems you may encounter with your dishwasher. This is because the leaks have the potential to cause serious structural damage to your home if not attended to post-haste.

When your dishwasher leaks water, the most likely cause of the problem is a malfunctioning door. If the door isn't closing completely, it will allow the water in your dishwater to escape and pool on your floors. Check for any large food debris that may be preventing the door from sealing completely. 

Also, troubleshoot for any problems with the dishwasher door latch assembly. If the door latch isn't working properly, then it may result in dishwasher leaks.

With these self-plumbing repair guide, you can fix common dishwasher problems yourself and avoid plumbing costs. But if you encounter any dishwasher problem that you can't fix yourself, it is best to hire an emergency plumbing specialist to do the repairs for you.