4 Common Dishwasher Problems And What To Do About Them

Posted on: 23 September 2015

Many people rely on a dishwasher daily to save them the time and hassle of washing dishes by hand. Unfortunately, dishwashers can run into mechanical problems over time that could require repair or replacement. Specifically, there are a few common dishwasher problems that you'll want to be aware of, in addition to how to best handle them.

Broken Latch

Your dishwasher relies on a latch to keep it closed and sealed during operation. With a broken latch, your dishwasher will not run. Fortunately, as long as your dishwasher isn't old enough that replacement parts are hard to come by, you can likely order a replacement latch that you can install yourself without the need for any special tools. All you'll need is a screwdriver to remove the door panel and existing latch before replacing it with the new one, and you should be back in business.

Cracked Shell

A cracked dishwasher shell will inevitably cause your dishwasher to leak every time you operate it. You may be able to find a replacement shell that a certified appliance repair expect can install for you, but depending on how old your dishwasher is, it might actually be worth it to simply replace your entire washer. In the meantime, refrain from using your dishwasher, as doing so could cause water damage to your floors.

Lack of Hot Water

Your dishwasher relies on a steady supply of hot water during operation to clean and sterilize your dishes. If you open your dishwasher and find that your dishes aren't warm and are still dirty, there's a good chance that your heating coil has stopped working. This is another part that can typically be replaced for a cheaper cost that replacing the entire dishwasher unit. Before you pay to replace the coil, however, consider checking to make sure your water heater is working properly.

Rusted Bottom

When you sweep underneath your dishwasher, do you see rust flakes? If so, this is a sign that the bottom of your dishwasher is beginning to rust out. Unfortunately, when this happens, the best thing you can do is typically to replace the dishwasher as a whole. Once rust and corrosion has begun, patching it and preventing it from spreading can be a challenge. 

Now that you're aware of some common dishwasher problems and how to deal with it, you will be in a better situation to decide whether it's worth it to repair or replace your unit. For assistance, talk to a professional like Anderson's Appliance Repair Service.