Try fixing dishwasher yourself if your dishwasher has suddenly stopped working or if it’s malfunctioning. Do not panic or call a technician immediately. You will gain confidence and can try and learn to fix it in cases where technician may not be available.
The foremost thing that you should keep in mind while buying a new dishwasher is that you buy from a reputed store and of a reliable brand only. When you select dishwasher for your kitchen, keep in mind the space that you have to install the dishwasher. You may think for Kitchen Island with dishwasher or may also opt for portable dishwasher connector that connects to the sink faucet. Don’t forget to confirm that there is an instruction booklet with the dishwasher that details out the tips on how to fix dishwashers from the manufacturer of the appliance.
Do not forget to learn from the technician who has come to install dishwasher the basic tips on troubleshooting when the common problems occur in the dishwasher. Plumbing for dishwasher is not a very major job and can be doe yourself if you have few basic tools with you.
When you start working on your dishwasher, the first thing that should be kept in mind is to turn off the power switches in order to avoid any electric shocks. If the dishwasher is not working at all, the first step is to check the plug point and power connection. If they are OK, try looking for fault in the timer, selector switch or door switch. It is likely that you may find any of them broken wherein you can replace it without any hassles.
If the problem in your dishwasher is that the dishes are not getting cleaned, you should check the flow of water in your dishwasher. The water shut off valve beneath the sink should be on. If there is any fault in the internal valve of the machine then you need to call for a technician. Also check the spray arms of the washer to see if they are clogged, and if so, try cleaning them with your hands and soap.
Another common problem may occur with the draining system of your dishwasher. It may not drain properly. In this case, check the air gap and unclog it if required. Rinse the top cap properly after unscrewing it. Clean the drain hose, drain impeller and the drain solenoid. In some cases the motor may be jammed or stuck which you can try and get spinning with your hand.
However, if all the above in fixing dishwasher does not help, it may have some major problems, you should take help of a trained technician immediately.