Clean Dishes in a DishwasherGot problems with your dishwasher? We can help you to find a solution to your problem. This 'Troubleshooting Guide' helps you to determine your problem and find the best way to solve it.

There are a number of things that can go wrong with a dishwasher. They have a number of moving parts and they also use water. Yes, water, the stuff 'leaks' are made of. We have tried to identify many common problems below. Read the descriptions and determine which one seems to describe the trouble you are having.

Why is my dishwasher not turning on?

The appliance may not be plugged in or the outlet might not be working. It is also possible that you have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit.

Another cause for the dishwasher not starting is damaged wiring. If any of the cords have been bent or had something heavy placed on them, it may cause breaks that are not visible to the naked eye.

The dishwasher door must be properly latched in order for the unit to start. If something is obstructing it or the latch has become bent, it will not start.

If you hear whining noises, it is possible that the motor or pump is damaged. Debris may be preventing it from functioning properly. Also, the internal drive belt could be damaged, worn out or have popped out of place.

Why won't my dishwasher fill up with water?

Dirty Dishes Left in SinkWhether it will not fill at all or the water begins to drain while the water is still going into the unit, this is a serious operational issue.

The water supply itself may not be connected well or it could have a leak in the lines leading to the appliance.

The fill lines that lead to your unit may have kinks or something on them that are preventing proper water flow.

The valves might not be opening or could have blockage that prevents water from getting through.

The inlet valve may not be working right. The door and float switches could also be experiencing continuity problems.

The drain valve arm may be stuck or the solenoid could be bad.

Why won't the water drain from my dishwasher?

The drain hose might have a kink or twist in it that prevents the water from flowing through it. If there is a heavy object on it or it has been smashed down previously, water flow can be stopped.

You may have motor or pump obstructions in the unit. Also, the drain valve, drive belt and hoses may have damage. Your timer motor could also be faulty.

Why is my dishwasher leaking?


This can be due to using the wrong type of soap. You may have faulty seals, gaskets or hinges. The various hoses and pumps could also be to blame.

Why are my dishes wet at the end of a complete cycle?

Dishwasher Heating Element and FilterThe heating element may be broken.

Why does my dishwasher have a funny odor?

This is usually caused by food somewhere in the machine. This can be trapped in a variety of places, including the filter.

Dishwasher troubleshooting will help you find the reason why your machine is malfunctioning. Once you determine the culprit for your problem, you can make arrangements to fix it so that you can keep your kitchen clean.

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