Some problems are harder to deal with than other, and many problems are quite common.
However, most people think when problems arise, first step is calling a Utah plumber.
But many basic repairs can be done by yourself without the help of a technician.
Don't be intimidated by do-it-yourself dishwasher repair.
A few easy tips can give you confidence to care for one of the most important appliances in your home.
Without any formal training, you can do several things to service your own dishwasher.
First let's understand what the most common dishwashing dilemmas are.
1) Is a dishwasher that that doesn't properly wash.
2) Is dishwashers that don't properly drain.
Tips to solving these everyday issues are detailed below.
What to do with a dishwasher that doesn't wash!? If you find your dishes are still soiled after a washing cycle, your dishwasher may not be getting enough water or any water at all.
Easily check your sink's shut-off valve first to make sure water is getting through to the dishwasher.
If you find that water is available to your unit but dishes remain unclean, you may have three separate problems.
A clogged spray hole, ultra hard water, or a faulty internal water valve is the next items to check on.
First check the first two issues, only after you conclude the spray holes and water are in good working condition will you look into the internal water valve.
You may have to resort to calling the Utah plumber if the valve is broken.
But look into the ducting and hard water before making that call.
First inspect each spray hole to begin your ducting check.
Often times holes become clogged from soap or food.
Just clear anything trapped inside manually.
If everything is clean in the spray arms and your dishes are still coming out dirty, you may have a hard water issue.
Products can help soften water in your dishwasher; check with your washer's manufacturer to learn what brand is recommended.
Simply follow the product's instructions this might solve the problem altogether.
Now back to our second major problem: drainage.
To solve drainage issues, begin by checking the air gap located next to your sink's faucet.
The drain hose connected to it the air gap can become plugged food particles.
Clean both out by hand and then run another wash cycle to test drainage.
Most likely your system will now be able to drain.
Now you are armed with knowledge on how to fix the two most common dishwashing problems.
Next time your dishwasher dies or acts up, you have a few tricks to try.
You will be amazed at your savings by trying to do this yourself instead of calling that Utah plumber.