Most people have at least one appliance in their home that makes their chores a bit easier. One of the most popular home appliances happens to be the dishwasher. It helps reduce your time in the kitchen while also helping keep your dishes clean at the same time. Like any appliance, a dishwasher can malfunction or even break down on occasion. Instead of getting stressed, learn how to spot and fix the most common dishwasher issues on your own. Alpha Appliance Services has put together a list of the most common issues that plague dishwashers and how to correct them.

Unclean Dishes After a Wash Cycle

If your dishes are still not clean after a regular cycle, chances are the problem is more simple than you think. Make sure you are rinsing the dishes before loading and also don’t overload the machine or your dishes won’t come out clean. After checking those steps, consider using a hotter cycle and stronger dishwashing detergent. Make sure to check your dishwasher for broken parts such as the spray arms to ensure that the problem is not with the functionality of the machine.

Water Leaking From Your Dishwasher

The last thing you want to see when you go to your kitchen is a pool of water under your dishwasher. This is usually caused by the door not being sealed or a problem with the door gasket. Make sure there are no cracks or debris preventing the door from closing properly. If there is dirt or grim you can clean it on your own, if the gasket is broken, you will have to call in a professional to replace it.

Wet Dishes

Most dishwashers will blast high heat air over the dishes after the wash cycle. Older models may not have this feature. If your dishes are still wet following the dry cycle, chances are your dishes were not loaded properly. Make sure to follow the loading directions to ensure that the heat from the drying element reaches all of your clean dishes. If you are still finding wet dishes even with proper loading, chances are your heating element has malfunctioned. This should never be repaired on your own; it is important to call in a professional appliance repair technician to prevent accidents or bodily harm.

Smelly Dishwasher

Dishwashers are tasked with cleaning up after our meals, but sometimes they also need to be cleaned themselves. If your dishwasher is emitting a bad odor, check the drains and other areas for debris and food that may have gotten stuck. Cleaning away old food and washing the filters is usually enough to get rid of any bad smells.

The Dishwasher Won’t Turn On

If your dishwasher won’t turn on, check to make sure that the handle is in the locked position. You can also check behind the dishwasher to ensure that it is still plugged in. Of both of these options fail to solve the problem, chances are you need to call in an electrician to check your system. Either there is a shortage in the circuit or in the motor, both of which need a professional touch.

How Alpha Appliance Services Can Help

If you are still unable to get your dishwasher working properly, we can help. Give us a call at (416) 577-5354 to find out more about our Richmond Hill dishwasher repair service.