to Fix The Most Common Problems Of Dishwashers
dishwasher consists of a pump, a motor, a timer, a small valve
that lets the water into the dishwasher and a heater coil in
the bottom that dries the dishes. If you are patient, you can
repair your broken dishwasher yourself. This guide should help
you get started.
pump is the first thing that will go out. You know the pump is
the problem when you open the door after the dishwasher has stopped
and there is still water in the bottom.
pump is not difficult to remove and replace. If you have a little
bit of mechanical ability, you can replace the pump easily. You
can find the pump by following the drain line into the bottom
of the dishwasher. The drain line connects to the pump.
pump will come out fairly easily by removing a couple of fasteners.
Make sure you find an exact replacement part or you could be
in for a world of trouble.
The solenoid valve lets the
water come into the dishwasher from the water supply. When it
fails, no water will go into the dishwasher. You can find the
solenoid valve the back of the dishwasher. It has wires going
to it. But be careful! Don't touch the bare wire, it will shock
you. These wires will have 110 volts going through them if the
dishwasher is still plugged in.
You can replace the solenoid
valve very easily by removing the wires, removing the supply
line and then loosening the fasteners that secure the valve to
the dishwasher frame. Be sure to mark each hose so you put them
on the same port on the new valve that they were on the old one.
Purchasing an exact replacement part will make your job easier.
The next part that will fail
is the motor. To remove it, the dishwasher has to be taken out
of the counter and laid on its side. Only the mechanically inclined
should attempt to replace the motor. Hiring a professional will
give you peace of mind.
The timer is the another part
that most commonly fails. Its completely electronic and controls
all functions of the dishwasher. The timer is located behind
the front panel on almost every dishwasher. Without the timer,
your dishwasher won't do anything. If you're familiar with electricity
and electrical parts, changing out the timer will be no big deal.
Its hard to diagnose a faulty time.
The last part to fail is the
heater element. Its the wire in the bottom of the dishwasher
that looks like the wires in the bottom of your oven. The heater
element allows your dishwasher to sanitize your dishes.
The heater element is held
in place by a couple of screws and can be replaced quickly. The
dishwasher has to be laid on its side to make this repair. The
heater element is faulty if the dishwasher will not get hot when
the unit is on sanitize mode.
Remember to disconnect the
power before working on any electrical device. Don't worry, almost
all dishwashers are
plugged directly into the wall. Simply pull it out of the wall
and start work.
A picture is worth a thousand
words. Get illustrations of your dishwasher by searching on the
internet for the name brand of your dishwasher plus the word
You can save a lot of money
by fixing your own dishwasher.
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ARTICLE POSTED August 04, 2005