Middletown Appliance Repair

Troubleshooting Dishwasher Repair

dishwasher repairBrowse through these common issues associated with appliances such as dishwashers. For safety and efficiency, please call upon a professional, such as A-Robinson Appliance Repair before trying to make any adjustments. (Disclaimer…)

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Can’t Get the Dishwasher to Run


  • Unlocked door
  • Timer or selector button in the wrong position
  • No power is reaching the unit
  • Defective door switch
  • Loose wires
  • Defective timer
  • Relock the door
  • Check the setting of both the timer and the selector button
  • Check the fuse box/circuit breaker
  • Check the door switch for damage
  • Check all the terminals on both the timer and the motor
  • Replace the timer

Dishes are Still Dirty at the End of the Wash


  • Water not hot enough
  • Dishes not correctly prepared for washing
  • Dishes aren’t stacked correctly
  • Detergent is old
  • Detergent dispenser doesn’t open
  • Spray arms are blocked
  • No water in the tub
  • Check the temperature of the hot water from the tap – it should be between 140°F and 150°F
  • Check the hot water setting. Scrape and rinse all dishes before loading the dishwasher
  • Dishes can’t touch and must face the direction of the spray to get completely clean
  • Start over with fresh dishwasher detergent
  • Check the detergent cup and remove hardened detergent or mineral deposits
  • Be sure the lid is not blocked and check the dispenser solenoid
  • Check and make sure nothing is blocking the arms

The Dishwasher’s Tub Doesn’t Fill with Water


  • Defective water inlet valve or solenoid
  • Clogged water filter
  • Defective overflow switch
  • Defective timer
  • Check the valve
  • Check to see if your water inlet valve has a filter and clean it
  • Check the switch
  • If it freezes in the full position, the unit will not fill
  • Replace the timer

You Can’t Get the Water to Stop Running


  • Stuck water inlet valve
  • Defective timer
  • Defective overflow switch
  • Check the valve and see if you can shut it
  • Replace the timer
  • If the switch is frozen on the empty position, the water will continue to run

The Water Isn’t Draining Out of the Unit


  • Clogged or leaking drain hose
  • Defective pump motor
  • Defective timer
  • Disconnect the drain hose and blow through it to be sure it is clear
  • Replace the timer

The Dishes Aren’t Drying


  • Mineral deposits on the heating element
  • Loose heating element wire
  • Burnt out heating element
  • Defective timer
  • The deposits should come off with vinegar
  • Check all the electrical connections around the heating elements
  • Replace the heating element
  • Replace the timer

Water is Leaking Out of the Dishwasher


  • Damaged door seal
  • Defective overflow switch
  • Broken door hinges
  • Loose heating element nuts
  • Loose hose clamps
  • Replace the door seal
  • Check the switch for damages
  • Replace the hinges
  • Tighten the nuts that attach the element to the tub
  • To see if there’s a loose hose connection, you may have to move the unit

The Dishwasher is Unusually Noisy


  • Spray arm hitting the dishes
  • Damaged water inlet valve (a knocking sound while the unit fills)
  • Not enough water in the tub
  • Reload the unit, so dishes don’t touch the spray arm
  • Replace the water inlet valve
  • Stop using other faucets while the dishwasher fills