Dishwashers have a tremendous impact on everyday life. They are more hygienic and efficient than hand-washing – that’s a fact. They save water, energy and time!
But do you know what they’re made of? They have a lot of parts.
Here’s a complete list of all the various dishwasher parts (in alphabetical order) and the roles they perform.
Encyclopedia of Dishwasher Parts and Accessories
The control console, also known as control panel, is found above the front door panel of your dishwasher. It’s typically made up of an LCD screen and it features a few control options and lights which indicate the mode of operation and errors. The control console is used to control the entire machine.
This is a switch that is found on the control panel. And because a typical dishwasher is capable of operating under different cycles (e.g. heavy, light etc), this is actually the button that helps the user make the necessary adjustments.
Detergent dispenser door
Before you turn on the machine, you need to dispense the detergent to ensure the utensils are properly cleaned. The detergent dispenser door is one of the dishwasher parts that make it possible to do this.
Door Switch and Door Latch
This switch is found right under the float bulb. It is activated when the bulb floats due to an overflow. When turned on, the water turns off.
Inner door panel
The kick panel is located beneath the front door panel. On most occasions, this is the place where the motor and water pipes are found. If you need to access this area of general maintenance, you must remove this plate.
Lower spray arm
This spray arm serves the lower dish rack. It is a freely moving part and is generally powered by the water pump of the dishwasher.
This is the main body of the dishwasher. It holds the majority of the parts that make up the entire system. Normally a dishwasher with a large tub has a larger capacity for washing dishes than a standard one.
The macerator spring is part of the large dishwasher pump mechanism and its main work is to shred small food particles. This makes it easier for the machine to do its job.
Rinse aid dispenser
Water intake valve
Also known as the inlet valve, it’s usually located behind the lower kick plate in either the left or right corner. It is responsible for controlling water flow into the dishwasher compartment.
Found beneath the pump assembly, the wash or pump impeller’s job is to force water up through the spray arm.