Dishwasher Repair: Simple At Home Checks

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For many people, a dishwasher repair won't only be a pain in the neck but could lead to a major kitchen disaster. For most appliances in your home, providing regular maintenance on your own can prevent breakage or complete failure of the system. However, if you run into problems with your dishwasher, use these simple steps to check for common problems before calling in an expert for dishwasher repair:

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Does it have power?

While this may seem like a no-brainer, check to be sure that not only is your dishwasher plugged in but that the cord, outlet and plug are functioning properly. If all appears to be working correctly, check in your basement or electrical room to see that running too many appliances at once hasn't tripped the breaker. If your home is older, you may face this problem more often than those with newer homes. Simply restore your circuit and your dishwasher should be operational again.

Does your door latch properly?

Again, this may be fairly obvious to most people but a faulty latch may seem "locked" when in fact the unit isn't receiving the signal to start the wash cycle. If you suspect the connection between the door and the latch is to blame, simply close the door and apply extra pressure on the latch site. While holding tightly, press the "on" button and if the unit starts to run, your latch switch may be loose or need to be replaced. 

Do you have adequate water pressure and is it reaching proper temperature?

Check to be sure that water is flowing to your dishwasher and the temperature is heating to the proper level. When water lines start to deteriorate or there's a problem with your water heater, a dishwasher may not clean correctly or run a full cycle at all. Use your kitchen sink to check that water is flowing at a strong level and getting hot.

Are your control buttons pressed in?

On some newer models, control buttons on the front of your washer can be sensitive. Make sure that your selections are pressed in completely before attempting to start your dishwasher. If the buttons don't seem to be pressing in fully or simply pop back out after being selected, you may need to turn to your owner's manual or warranty information.

Do you have hard water buildup?

While hard water may not impede the use of your dishwasher, it can be unsightly and unsanitary which can lead to stains on dishes. To remedy the situation, which is caused by a build up of minerals in your machine, simply use white vinegar to clean your dishwasher once a month.  Place two cups of white vinegar in a glass container on the bottom rack of your dishwasher and set if to the normal or regular setting and start. 

If you've checked all of these simple solutions and your dishwasher still isn't functioning properly, it may be time to call in a professional like those from a local appliance repair shop. When it comes to kitchen appliances, it's smart to trust the experts. Choose a team who can diagnose and repair any dishwasher, stove, oven, refrigerator or even washer and dryer with years of combined expertise and experience. Contact your local professionals today for your dishwasher repair needs.

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