Did you know professional dishwasher repair can help keep your appliance running for the full extent of its expected life span? The only question that remains is knowing when you should call an appliance service to examine the dish-cleaning workhorse in your kitchen. Here are four indications you should have your dishwasher serviced soon, before small problems become larger issues.
The Dishes Are Still Dirty
When your dishes finish their cycle and they still have last night’s dinner remains left behind, you may begin to wonder what could possibly be broken inside your dishwasher. The dishes also still could be wet or have a moldy smell.
First, make sure you are using the appropriate detergent, that you have selected the correct wash cycle and your home’s water temperature is high enough. Dirty dishes could also be the result of a blocked debris trap. Read your owner’s manual to locate this component and clean it out on a regular basis.
If none of these solutions provides results, the problem could lie with your dishwasher’s heating system. When water is tepid or cold, bacteria can grow and lead to mold. The dry cycle also will be ineffective, so the dishes may come out wet and cold. A professional repair service can quickly identify this issue and fix the problem.
You Spot a Leak
A leak should not be minimized, especially when it is affecting one of the main living areas of your home. If your dishwasher is leaking from behind or on the floor in front of the appliance, turn off all water supply valves immediately.
Next, call an appliance repair professional to check all hoses and valve components. He or she will also examine the gasket seal. Replacing an affordable minor part is better than waiting until the costs of water damage add up as well.
The Dishwasher Will Not Completely Fill or Drain
Multiple problems can arise relating to the appliance’s water use. Enough water may not be entering for a cycle. The water may not stop filling, causing overflow, or the water may not drain at the end of a cycle.
If your dishwasher does not have enough water entering through the supply hose, the inlet valve or cycle timer may be to blame. When too much water fills the appliance, it is probably due to a faulty float switch, which measures water levels. A non-draining dishwasher may result from a blocked drain hose. Ask a professional for guidance — many of these non-functioning parts can be replaced at a lower cost than buying a new appliance.
You Hear Loud Noises While it’s Running
A screeching or grinding noise during a cycle can point to an issue with the appliance’s motor, which can wear out over time. It could also be due to a less serious problem, like a hard foreign object lodged in the sprayer arm. Remember, do not attempt to dislodge any items in your dishwasher until you unplug it from the electrical source.
Trust Peter’s Appliance for your dishwasher repair, and you will enjoy affordable, timely service so your kitchen stays functioning through every season.