Anyone who has a dishwasher knows that they do run into hitches every so often, but the good news is that some of the minor problems can be solved quite easily. On that note, let’s now check out a few problems that are common with dishwashers and how to tackle them.
The Dishwasher Isn’t Powering On
If the dishwasher has access to power, the switch is turned on and the door is latched, it should start doing its work under normal circumstances. However, if you can’t see any signs of the fact that the appliance is actually receiving power (indicator lights, control panel lights, etc.), then it isn’t. Remove the plug and plug in any other working electronic item to see if the outlet itself is at fault. If that doesn’t come on either, check to see if the fuse has blown or if the circuit breaker was tripped.
In case the other electronic appliance works just fine, you will probably need to call in the experts because the problem here could either be something as simple as a faulty power cord, to things as serious as a fried circuit board.
In case it is an Electrolux dishwasher, call up Service Force since they are the only Electrolux appliance service and repair experts in all of the UK who have the official training necessary, as well as access to the original manufacturer parts required to replace faulty ones. Service Force’s engineers are also trained and certified to handle AEG and Zanussi electronic home appliances, so they would be the right choice if your appliance was made by any one of the three manufacturers and not just Electrolux.
The Dishwasher is Draining Water Before Time
When the dishwasher isn’t filling with water as it should, it indicates that it is draining water before time. More often than not, it can be solved with the following steps.
• Turn off the power and make sure the dishwasher wasn’t running in the last 15-minutes at least
• Remove the float from the dishwasher
• Clean the float tube thoroughly
• Put the float back in place
• Turn off the hot water supply
• Remove the water inlet valve to get access to the screen
• Clean it out properly and reassemble the valve in place
If none of that works and your water supply is working fine, it’s probably best to call in the experts as we discussed above.
A dishwasher that leaks water onto the floor is generally an indication of a malfunctioning float that’s stuck in one position. If that position where the float is stuck happens to be down, the dishwasher will continue to fill, and the water will eventually overflow onto the floor.
The solution is simple and is similar to what has been mentioned above. Remove the float, clean it properly and put it back into place. This should work in most situations, but if it starts malfunctioning way too often, it might be time to think about replacing the float altogether
If the float isn’t the issue, then you should be looking for cracks in the dishwasher, from where the water is probably seeping out. Alternatively, a damaged door could be at fault here, so check to see if it is latching properly. A defective door will likely need a gasket replacement if cleaning it out doesn’t help.
It is always better to rinse your dishes out a bit before putting them in the washer and to get the appliance serviced via manufacturer authorized engineers every few months to minimize the chances of ever facing a problem, to begin with. Nonetheless, electronic appliances are unpredictable and they can go down without notice, which is why it is always better to have a basic understanding of how the dishwasher works so that you can handle the minor problems by yourself.