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How to Deal with Common Automatic Dishwasher Problems

The advent of the automatic dishwasher did away with the family dilemma of who was going to wash and who was going to dry. Not only does this appliance make family life easier, but also when things go wrong, most are easy to repair. Here are some fairly common problems:

Nothing happens – Is there electrical power to the unit? Also, there is a switch in the dishwasher door. If this is not engaged, the unit will not start. The timer may also be suspect. Try this: turn the timer dial just a hair, and if nothing happens, the timer is the problem.

Doesn’t fill – There are two controls for water. The first is a float switch that rises up as water comes in and, when it rises to the proper water level, it shuts off. It is inside the dishwasher, and most resemble a plastic cup turned upside down. Lift up on the cup and you should hear a click, which usually means the switch is OK.

dishwasher problems How to Deal with Common Automatic Dishwasher Problems

The other is a solenoid valve that is in the water supply line. It is easy to spot because it has a pair of wires running to it. Shut off the hot water under the sink. Place a shallow pan under the switch, disconnect the wires, and remove the switch. Test it for continuity. There is often a screen that should catch mineral deposits. If clogged, soak it in vinegar and poke out the debris with a needle.

Over fills – The float valve isn’t working. Test for continuity and look for any obstruction.

Dishes don’t get clean-The most common cause is water that is not hot enough. See if the water heater setting is too low. Often the distance between the water heater and the dishwasher is far enough that you don’t get hot water until the dishwasher is well into the wash cycle. Before starting the dishwasher, run water at the sink until hot. The heating element may not be doing its thing. Check it for continuity and replace it if faulty. Another possible cause is that the spray arm(s) are clogged. A pipe cleaner will take care of that.

Won’t drain – Check the drain hose to see if it has become kinked. Lift up the screen in the bottom of the unit under the bottom spray arm. There may be food scraps or broken glass. If you’re really adventurous, remove the top of the pump and take the impellers out to look for clogs or broken fins.

Only partially drains and has food particles in remaining water-Drain hose going into disposer has low spot and when the pump stops, gravity lets water drain back into dishwasher. Loop hose up so it’s higher than the inlet to the disposer. If need be, use a cup-hook and twist-tie to hold it in place.

Leaks around door-The door latch may be bent. Or, the door gasket may need to be replaced.

Leaks underneath – You’ll have to look underneath to see whether there is a hose leak or a loose connection that needs tightening.

Detergent dispenser doesn’t dispense-Often the use of detergent powder will end up caking and prevent the detergent dispenser from working. With the door open, flood the dispenser with vinegar. If the dispenser needs to be replaced, the door liner must be removed.

How to Install a Dishwasher

Installing a dishwasher is a simple task. The dishwasher will always come with a manual that will give you guides on installation. The instructions on how to install a dishwasher are very easy to follow.

Below is a simple guide to help you install your dishwasher:

Step 1: Remove your old dishwasher. This is when you are going to replace it with a new one. You can reverse the installation steps to remove it.

Step 2: Make sure you unplug the power. It is safer if you turn off your circuit breaker first before starting this task. You also need to shut the water valve under the sink or other main water supply valves. The pipes must be drained.

Dishwasher How to Install a Dishwasher

Step 3: Check if there are holes at the lower portion of the sink cabinet. This is where you can pass through the drain hose, power cord, and water tubes. Drill holes if you don’t find any.

Step 4: Check if there’s a separate valve dedicated for the shutoff of the dishwasher. Remove the old shutoff valve, if there are any. Then place the dishwasher in a dual-outlet type of shutoff valve.

Step 5: put in the new shutoff valve for your new dishwasher. The water supply in your hose should not be turned on initially. You can start disconnecting the sink’s tube for water supply from the shutoff valve.

Step 6: Drain the water using a bucket. Keep unscrewing the valve from source of supply nipple with the use of a wrench. Wrap the nipple’s threads with a pipe-wrap type of tape. Start screwing in the dual-outlet valve onto the nipple fixture.

Step 7: Place air gap on the sink top. Insert it in an unused hole. Secure the air gap from above and use a pair of slip-joint pliers to fasten a locknut. Push the cover into the right place.

Step 8: Place the dishwasher near the opening of the sink cabinet. Insert power cord, supply tube, and hose, into holes. Slowly push in the dishwasher into place and make sure that the connectors are safely placed.

Step 9: connect the dual valve to the supply tube and fasten the flexible supply tube to the second valve outlet. Fasten together with the dishwasher’s inlet. Adjust and tighten with a wrench.

Step 10: use a hose clamp on each end of the short drain hose. Make sure that the clamps are tightened and you should also make sure the longer drain hose is in place.

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