5 Common Problems With Dishwashers – Repair it Yourself or Hire the Services of a Professional


Like any other appliance, the dishwasher sometimes does not work as it is supposed to. Fortunately, many dishwasher problems have easy solutions that don’t require a visit from a technician. Here are some of the common dishwasher problems that you might end up having:

1. Strange noise

noiseMost dishwashers will make some noise unless you’ve an ultra-quiet dishwasher. However, you should be concerned if the noise is something you have never heard when you first used it. If your dishwasher is making some weird noise, you should check the pump, motor, heater fan and water-inlet valve. The motor has bearings in it which may become worn-out or get rusty thereby making strange noises. The heater fan on the other hand may get worn out and if this happens, it may become very noisy. You will need to replace all the parts that are worn-out to get rid of the strange noises produced by your dishwasher.

2. Leakage

Leakage dishwasherThis is one of the most dreaded dishwasher problems and can seriously damage your home. After a long day at work, no one wants to deal with a leaking dishwasher. A leaking dishwasher can be as a result of cracks in the drainage hose or defective pump seal. This prevents water from properly flowing out of the machine. Too many suds in your dishwasher can also cause it to overflow if you’re not using the right detergent and in the correct quantity. With that said, if you see or suspect that your dishwasher is leaking, ensure you take action as soon as possible to avoid costly problems in the future.

3. Dishwasher does not start

start buttonOn very few occasions, you may find that your dishwasher does not start at all. A blown fuse or a tripled circuit breaker may be the reason your dishwasher does not start in most cases. Another reason your dishwasher won’t start is if it has a faulty door latch or if your dishwasher’s door is not properly closed. The dishwasher’s supply line must also be connected and the water supply must be opened for the machine to start.

4. Dishes remain dirty

dirty dishesSometimes you may take your dishes out of your dishwasher only to find that they’re still dirty. If this happens with your machine, it may be a sign of a broken motor or scrubbing arm or the water pressure is too low. It could also be as a result of clogged filter screen which causes the food to be thrown back on the dishes.

5. Dishwasher does not fill

For a dishwasher to operate properly, it needs water. However, the dishwasher may turn on but the basin may fail to fill with the necessary water to properly run a cycle. In most cases, this happens because of a water supply problem. It could also be due to problems with the water inlet valve and the float switch (but it can be fixed by replacing them).


If you ever encounter any of these dishwasher problems and you can’t fix them all by yourself, you can always hire the services of a professional.