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3 Common Problems That Affect Dishwashers

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To washing the everyday dinner dishes to sanitizing baby bottles, the dishwasher can be an important part of your home and family's needs. Unfortunately, the everyday use of this appliance can cause it to experience stress that affects its operation. You can always buy a new dishwasher if you run into problems, but considering costs can range from $249 to $2000, repairing your appliance is a smarter option.

This guide will help you understand a few common issues that may affect the operation and efficiency of your dishwasher and how you can fix it.

1. Dirty, Spotty Dishes

One of the most common complaints professionals hear from homeowners is that their dishes are always dirty after running a wash cycle. The entire point of your dishwasher is to clean dishes, so you should not have to deal with dirty or spotty dishes, utensils, or glasses.

In many cases, you may find food residue, soap, and spots on your dishes because you are not loading them properly into your dishwasher. Consult your owner's manual for recommendations on proper loading.

If your dishes are still coming out dirty even though you are following recommendations for loading, the issue could be with the dishwasher's spray arms. If the arms are not spinning or they are spinning in a loose, wobbly manner, water will not hit and rinse your dishes effectively.

Your repair technician can inspect the spray arms and remove any blockages and adjust the arms to ensure they spin in the proper direction and at the right speed.

2. Standing Water

Another issue many homeowners face is standing water in the dishwasher's tub. In most cases, this water builds up because it cannot drain out of the tub during a normal wash cycle. Some homeowners are able to clear the drain on their own. However, contacting a repair specialist may be beneficial if you are not familiar with how to locate and clean the drain and connecting drain hoses properly.

To clear the drain on your own, disconnect the cover from the drain opening. Then use your hands to reach in and clear away any chunks of food. Make sure to remove any pieces of plastic or glass that may have broken off while running a load of dishes. If the tub still holds water after clearing the drain, food particles, grease, and other debris may be clogging the drain hoses.

Food residue and pieces of plastic or glass may accumulate in the dishwasher's pump, as well. The pump consists of two impellers, which are responsible for pumping water in and out of the dishwasher's drain. If the debris is clogging up the pump, the impellers will not be able to function, meaning washing your dishes will be a challenge.

It is important to remember that if the tub fills with water, it could leak out of the dishwasher's door. Even small leaks dripping from the door can cause water damage to your floors and cabinets, which can be costly to repair. So if you notice standing water in your dishwasher, you should repair the problem sooner rather than later to prevent future leaks.

3. Loud Cycles

Even if you purchase a dishwasher advertised as "quiet," it will make noise while in a wash cycle. Still, a dishwasher that is making excessively-loud noises may be in distress.

Banging noises may also stem from dishes, cups, pots, and pans moving during the wash cycle. This may not indicate a dishwasher problem, but you should adjust the dishes to ensure they are washed safely and effectively.

If your dishwasher is making a loud buzzing sound, there many be large chunks of food, plastic, or glass in the pump area. You must clear out the drain and the pump area to stop the noise and also to protect the function and lifespan of the dishwasher.

Help is available if you are experiencing one or more of the above issues. For more information on dishwasher or other appliance repairs, contact ACA Appliance & Air Conditioning, LLC today.