When it comes to the household appliances that make life a lot easier, one of them has definitely got to be the dishwasher. Although you could wash all of your dishes by hand, when you have a large family or you entertain guests often, it’s a lot easier to put them inside of your dishwasher and let it do all of the work.
But what do you do if your dishwasher happens to make a funny noise or you notice that it’s leaking water? Although you could call a repairman right over to inspect it, to save you a bit of time and money, first consider doing a bit of your own troubleshooting. If you’d like a few instructions on how to do so, here are some of the parts of the dishwasher to pay close attention to.
Float switch. Something that helps to prevent your dishwasher from overflowing is the float switch. It does this by keeping the water inside the dishwasher from entering the dishwasher’s tank and overfilling. If a utensil such ends up lodging itself underneath the float, it will send a message to the dishwasher that it is full, and that could lead to minor flooding as a direct result. So each time you load your dishwasher, make sure that all utensils are in their appropriate holder before starting it up.
Heating element. The heating element is what helps the water heat up while the dishwasher is running. Being that this particular device gets very hot, it is monitored by a thermometer. Being that the heating element tends to attract lots of mineral and soap deposits, over time, its efficiency can become significantly reduced. That’s why it’s important to manually clean it every few months. For tips on how to do so, visit Do It Yourself and put “cleaning a heating element in your dishwasher” in the search field.
Thermostat. Without a thermostat, it would be impossible for the water’s heat level to be measured and monitored. If you’re concerned that your dishwasher is not getting enough hot water, something that you can do is run hot water at your kitchen sink first in order to achieve your desired dishwasher temperature. If you’re concerned about wasting water in the process, you can always put a bucket in the sink and then use it to water your plants.
Dispenser. If you were to speak with a customer service associate who works for a company like 1-877-Appliance about another troubleshooting tip that you should keep in mind that will help you avoid an expensive dishwasher repair bill, they might tell you to check your dishwasher’s dispensers. When it comes to your soap dispenser, it’s always important to load your dishes in such a way that the dispenser is not blocked during the wash cycle. As for your rinse-aid dispenser, an improper installation could result in your dishes being rinsed first and washed last (the opposite of how the cycle is supposed to run). If you are attempting to replace your rinse-aid dispenser on your own, make sure to follow the directions carefully.
Door switch. Basically all dishwashers have door switches on the left and right side of the latch inside of the door. They allow the electrical current to flow smoothly while the dishwasher is on. If the small actuator inside of the latch gets slightly bent, the dishwasher will not work because it will think that the door is open. You can usually remedy this by slightly adjusting the door actuator. If you do happen to need professional assistance with your dishwasher, go to your favorite search engine and put “dishwasher repair” along with your city and state in the search field.