Dirty Dishes Piling Up? How To Troubleshoot Dishwasher Problems

For many of us, dishwashers are an integral part of our daily routine. After all, it is just easier to load dishes in a dishwasher and press a button than to wash each dish by hand. This is why a broken dishwasher can be such a huge headache for a homeowner with a big family. Here are some common problems that you may encounter with your dishwasher and how to fix them.

Your Dishwasher Is Not Filling Completely

Your dishwasher may be running normally, but you notice that it does not fill completely with water. There are two possible problems here: the water supply system is not working correctly or the water is draining sooner than it should. You need to check the hot water valve underneath the sink and turn it counterclockwise to open it. If the valve is already open, shut off the power to the dishwasher, remove the float mechanism and clean the float tube.  

Your Dishwasher Is Not Draining

A small puddle of water in the basin after a load is normal. However, large amounts of water are not and may point to a larger issue.  The drain lines in the house may be backed up, the pump may not pump water correctly or the drain hose isn't getting the water to the drainpipe. First, clean the air gap cover with a wire and look for blockages in the drain hose. Then, shut the power off to the dishwasher, take off the strainer and clean the spray arm with a brush. You also want to check for blockage in the sink trap as well as the main drain line.

Your Dishwasher Is Leaking Water

Leaks are never a good sign, as they can lead to rot damage, mold and mildew if not taken care of quickly. First, verify that the dishwasher detergent that you are using is made to be used in dishwashers and that you are using the proper amount. Also, be sure you are loading the dishwasher correctly since improper loading can cause the door vent to leak. Be sure that the dishwasher is on a level surface and adjust it if need be to make it level.

You count on your dishwasher to keep your dishes clean and save you time. It is important to keep your dishwasher in tiptop shape. The above tips should help solve your minor dishwashing related woes, but if none of these solutions work you will need to contact a professional plumber to fix the issue.