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Five Warning Signs Your Dishwasher Needs to Be Repaired

Your dishwasher is one of the most used appliances in your kitchen. You rely on it to make sure dishes get washed on a regular basis, instead of stacking up in the sink. Whether you are responsible for loading, starting, and unloading the dishwasher or you have your tween or teen do this chore, you need to make sure your dishwasher is operating correctly.

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There are several warning signs to watch for that often indicate dishwasher repairs are needed. Catching some of these before they become major could mean the difference between having to invest in a new dishwasher and getting a few more years out of your current one.

  1. Water will not pump into the dishwasher.

Dishwashers have sensors and water pumps they use to let the computer inside them know when to pump water in and pump it out. If this sensor is dirty, has become stuck, or has broken, it needs to be repaired. If the pump has failed, it also needs to be replaced. These repairs are something your plumber can do because it requires taking the dishwasher apart.

Tip: Never run a dishwasher that will not pump in the water. You can cause the appliance to overheat and fail completely.

  1. Water will not pump out of the dishwasher.

This problem could be the sensor we mentioned above, a broken drain pump, or a clogged drain. You can check to see if food and other particles are blocking the drain in the bottom of the dishwasher. If not, then it is time to call in a plumber to troubleshoot the problem further.

  1. Dishes are coming out dirty.

If your dishes are not clean, this could be caused by several different problems. Modern dishwasher soaps do not require rinsing dishes. If you are rinsing the dishes, the soap is not as effective, so food particles could remain. Another cause is if the drain screens or drain are starting to clog and food particles are left in the bottom after the last wash cycle. These get blown around by the water on the next cycle and end up sticking to dishes.

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  1. Water is leaking from under the door.

If water is leaking out during wash cycles, it could indicate the door seal needs to be replaced. Seals do wear out over time and no longer fully seal when you shut the door. Another thing to check before calling your plumber is if there are any dishes pushing against the door. The slightest pressure on the door could allow it to remain open just enough for water to run out and onto the kitchen floor.

  1. The dishes are not hot after a wash cycle.

The water inside the dishwasher is heated during wash and rinse cycles. If your dishes don’t feel hot at the end of the cycle, this often indicates a problem with the heating coil in the bottom of the machine.

For dishwasher repair in San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, or Temple, please feel free to contact your nearest Christianson Air Conditioning and Plumbing location today!

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