You likely don't spend a lot of time thinking about your dishwasher but it can be a major inconvenience if something suddenly goes wrong. If your dishwasher is no longer working as it should be, don't head to the store for a new one just yet. It might be possible to troubleshoot the issue yourself or with the help of a used appliance repair service. Here are three common things that can go wrong with dishwashers along with some tips that can help you get things working properly again.

The Dishwasher Motor Won't Start

If your dishwasher won't even power on, here's where to look. First, as with any appliance that suddenly stops running, it's a good idea to go and check the fuse or breaker box within your house and double check that the washer is plugged into the wall socket. After those spots are checked, the next place you should look is the door locking mechanism. Dishwashers are designed to automatically turn off when open, so if the door lock lever is not closing properly, the washer will never turn on. If the dishwater motor is making a noise but won't actually run, there might be something in the pump blocking it from running.

The Dishwasher Won't Fill

If no water is coming into the dishwasher, the first spot to check is the water valve. As you use your dishwasher, food particles can get tossed about. Over time, it's possible for some food or soap residue to end up clogging the water valve. A regular inspection or cleaning by an appliance specialist can help keep this issue at bay. Worst case scenario, you can simply replace the water valve.

Dishes Are Not Clean

If your dishwasher seems to be running fine, but when you take the dishes out, it appears that they are not entirely clean, there are a few things you can do to pinpoint the problem. First, try cleaning the spray arm. Simply remove it per the instructions in your manual and clean out any holes on it that might have accumulated debris. With most dishwashers, removing the arm will also give you access to the filter which can also be cleaned or replaced. Finally, if your dishwasher has a removable float, take this apart and clean it out as well. 

A dishwasher is something that can be taken for granted until something goes wrong. For best results, get all of your appliances inspected on a regular basis by a qualified appliance repair service. If your dishwasher won't power on or isn't getting the dishes very clean, contact a specialist for assistance before you head out to the store to buy a new appliance.

For more information, contact professionals like 5 Corners Appliance Company.