Dishwashers and dishwasher problems are a fairly new part of our lives but most people who spend any time in the kitchen wonder how they did without them!
Many of the things that go wrong with a dishwasher are user errors and as much as we don’t like to admit it, could have been avoided if only we had read the instructions. The following is a list of easily rectifiable problems but if you are at all worried, or encounter something not explained here, please call.
No power to dishwasher:
Check other appliances for power cut
Check fuse in plug and consumer unit
Check door is closed properly
Check water is switched on
Overloaded with detergent
Check all pipes are connected properly with no splits
Seals round door leaking
Waste pipe split
Dishwasher not washing:
Badly stacked in machine
Low water pressure
Clean the strainer and filter
Water may be too hard to get a good wash
Dishwasher not filling:
Is valve from cold water open?
Turn water off, remove hose from dishwasher, turn waste on gently to see if hose is blocked
If hose is not blocked it may be the inlet valve
Dishwasher not taking the detergent:
Try using less detergent
Spray arm may be blocked. Poke out holes with a cocktail stick.
Dishwasher not draining:
Is drain hose damaged, blocked or bent?
Are the drains blocked?
Is sump strainer or filter blocked?
If your dishwasher hose goes into an appliance trap has the end been cut off of the end of the spigot?
If it makes an odd sound it may be the pump