3 Dishwasher Problems You Can Troubleshoot

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Many households have a dishwasher that is a part of their daily routine. The ease of loading dishes into it and pressing a button is convenient and time saving. That's why it can be frustrating to have a dishwasher that is not working. If you are experiencing any of these 3 problems, try troubleshooting them on your own. Below are three problems you can fix.

Dishwasher Isn't Filling With Water Properly

If you hear your dishwasher going through the cleaning process, but the dishes are not getting clean, it can because it is not filling with the proper amount of water. There can be two potential reasons why this is happening.

Start by checking the water supply line going into the dishwasher, and ensure that it is completely open. If the dishwasher is not getting the water fast enough, it may be starting prematurely. You also should find the float inside the dishwasher and clean it. The float could be stuck, showing that there is more water in the dishwasher than there actually is. Consult your owner's manual for information about removing the float and cleaning it.

Dishwasher Isn't Draining

It's normal to have a little bit of water on the dishwasher's basin after finishing a cleaning cycle. You need to be concerned when a large amount of water has collected on the bottom of the appliance, because it is an indication that the drain is not functioning properly. It could be from a drain line that is backed up or a pump that is not working correctly.

Use a small wire brush to clean out the opening of the dishwasher's drain hose. You may need to replace the drain hose if it is completely clogged, since it may not be possible to clean deep into the hose. Then look for a blockage inside the dishwasher's sink trap. Sometimes a broken glass or food waste can cause a clog that prevents the pump from removing the water.

Dishwasher Has A Leak

A dishwasher that leaks can cause mildew, mold, and rot damage. Start by making sure that your dishwasher is completely level, since water can collect against the door and find its way out. Then look at how you load the dishwasher, since improperly loading a dishwasher may cause water to leak out of the vent in the door.

Still can't fix your dishwasher? It may be time to call a local plumber like Alexander's Plumbing And Pumps that can fix the problem for you.

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