A faulty dishwasher can be frustrating, getting a serviceman to repair it is expensive. If you are not a qualified technitian,  you can still do it yourself since the procedure involved is not complex. Below is a lists of parts that you should consider troubleshooting or repairing to ensure a normal operation of your dishwasher.

Check the Spray Arm

If you are having problems that involve low pressure in the spray arms, the problem can be in the upper discharge housing gasket. It is positioned above the discharge cover above the circulation impeller. Replacing the gasket can be a remedy. When doing so, ensure that no debris is left behind that may make fitting the gasket tricky.

If the spray arm looses its normal flexibility and functionality, it could be obstructed by dishes limiting free movement. A wobbly spray arm and a rugged spray pattern can be realized, you need to inspect the spray’s for plugged holes or cracks.  Debris like food, cellphones, glass and other foreign may be clogging of the spray arm. Inspecting the filter can also help. Crack and seams can also be the cause of failure of the spray arm, to improve its functionality; you should consider servicing the spray arm mounting bracket and ensure that it is not loose or cracked.

If your dishwasher has a middle spray- arm, and it is not operating well. You need to inspect the docking station including its flappers. The docking station is located at the rear of the dish washer. Its job is to feed water to the middle spray arm. Ensure that the flappers can freely move and will close successfully when this pray arm is not selected.

Clogged Diswasher Drains

If you are experiencing clogging of the draining system dirty water circulates in the dishwasher and can be reused in the dishwasher. The choppers can be faulty-they could not chopping food debris on the dishes. To eliminate this problem, you should inspect the draining pump and remove the food debris. If the choppers are damaged, then you need to replace them.

Water Inlet Valve

If your dishwasher not cleaning properly, the water inlet valve can be the problem. A faulty valve will not supply enough water to the tub, or no water is supplied at all. It is located in the anterior of the dishwasher behind the lower access panel. To correct this malfunction you need to inspect and ensure that it is not plugged and whether the vale is supplied with power during the fill portion of the circle. It can be inspected using a multi-meter. If it is not operating well, you should consider replacing it.

Checking the Water Delivery Tube

When your dishwasher cannot deliver enough cleaning water from the upper spray arm, the water delivery tube could be clogged. Ensure that the delivery arm is well aligned if it’s made up of plastic. Remove the debris if it is plugged or consider replacing it.

Misc Issues

When the food particles are clogging the spray arm, then the filters are torn. Consider replacing them.

If your wash spinner is not well mounted, cracked or not fixed well then, the dishes will not be coming out from the dishwasher. Ensure that the spinner is at liberty to spin.

Dishwasher Detergent

Your dishwasher not Cleaning properly? this can arise due to a faulty detergent dispenser or poor quality of the detergent is used. Utilize powdered detergents since they dissolve easily and ensure that the detergent cup is not clogged or plugged if your dishwasher is old. Consider replacing the faulty parts.

Dishwasher Heating Element

Poor operation of your dishwasher could be due to malfunctioning of the heating element. If hot water is not supplied, check the heating element below the dish washer. For your safety and to achieve clean dishes, ensure that the dishwasher heating element heats the water to a temperature range of 140-150 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Dishwasher Water Pump


Poor pressure and water circulation can be a main problem in a dish washer. It can arise due to faulty pump impellers. They are located in the dish washer’s pump. Check for any fins or hubs,  and consider replacing.