Identifying Common Dishwasher Problems

Dishwashers have become an essential part of most kitchens, saving families a ton of time from handwashing after every meal. However, when they stop working correctly, it can disrupt your entire schedule. While some minor problems may be completed on your own, most should be addressed by a professional appliance repair company. This guide can help you identify problems and determine when you should call in for help.


Common Problems and Their Symptoms

  • Unclean Dishes: This is often the first sign of a problem. Causes can include blocked spray arms, a clogged filter, or incorrect detergent usage. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning spray arms and filters, is crucial. Using the right detergent and rinse aid is equally important for optimal cleaning. Attempt to run an empty cycle set to pots and pans to see if that helps to clear spray arms. If you are still having issues, it’s time to contact an expert.
  • Dishwasher Not Starting: Electrical issues, a faulty door latch, or a malfunctioning timer can prevent your dishwasher from starting. Checking the power source and ensuring the door is securely latched are initial troubleshooting steps. If that doesn’t do the trick, call a pro.
  • Incomplete Cycles: If the dishwasher stops mid-cycle, it could be due to electrical interruptions or mechanical failures. This type of issue almost always needs professional intervention.
  • Water Drainage Problems: A dishwasher that doesn’t drain properly can leave water pooled at the bottom. Regularly checking and cleaning the drain hose can prevent blockages. A faulty drain pump might also be the culprit, but that will need to be diagnosed by an expert.

When to Call the Pros

Most problems, like electrical faults or mechanical failures, require professional intervention. It’s important to recognize when DIY (Do It Yourself) fixes are insufficient and to seek help from a repair service.


For expert advice or professional repair services, contact Express Appliance Service. We ensure your dishwasher runs smoothly, so you can focus on what matters most.