When a dishwasher quits working or does not work properly, there is panic in the house. The thought of having to do that mountain of dishes by hand makes a housewife or househusband's blood run cold. Three easy dishwasher repair tips are: check to see that the dishwasher is plugged in, check the use and care manual that came with the dishwasher, and do research in a repair manual from the library or on the Internet.
The first step is to make sure the appliance is plugged properly into the electrical outlet. You wouldn't believe how many times this is the problem, as simple as it may seem. The second step is to make sure the electrical outlet has electricity. This can be done by plugging another appliance into the outlet, like a handheld electric mixer.
If there is power to the outlet and the dishwasher does not work, the wiring on the dishwasher should be checked for breaks or burn spots. If there is no power to this source, the electrical panel needs to be checked to make sure that the breaker is turned on or a fuse isn't blown. An electrical problem may require the services of an electrician.
The appliance users guide has troubleshooting tips that cover common problems. These include normal problems like noise, water standing in the bottom of the tub, water not pumping out, dishes aren't drying or are not getting clean, and problems with the soap dispenser.
Many times simple repairs suggested in the user's guide will solve the problem. If the problem involves insufficient or no water, the water valve to the dishwasher needs to be checked to make sure it is turned on and has water.
If the problem has not been resolved, the homeowner can get a repair manual from the library or do research online. At this point, the unit will probably have to be disassembled to repair the problem. A simple issue would be a repair to the door of this dishwasher. A more complicated problem will require removing the appliance from its current location to reach the necessary areas that might need repair.
Once a probable cause has been determined, a part or parts will probably have to be ordered. This requires a payment and a delay while waiting for the part. Once the part or parts arrive, all the manual dishwashers will gather around to offer encouragement and suggestions; this may not be a pleasant experience for the new maintenance person.
A professional repairman will have the tools and the knowledge to handle the repair in a short time. Most of the time no money will be spent until the dishwasher is working again. For the do-it-yourselfer who is successful, repairing a dishwasher is a rewarding experience.