Dishwasher Repair

Dishwashers are incredibly durable machines. In many cases, it’s only a change in decor that brings about a replacement, as they can take years of daily use. All in all, the dishwasher is an ingenious appliance that uses both electricity and water to give us years of dependable service. Of course, that doesn’t mean things never go wrong with them.

You’ll want to check the most common malfunctions first, since they are easiest to identify and deal with. Here are some common problems you may face with your dishwasher, ways to find out what’s causing it, and how to fix it. As with all electrical troubleshooting, you will need a VOM (volt-ohm meter) to check certain parts. Remember, the power to the dishwasher needs to be always off when checking parts, unless otherwise stated. It’s also helpful to keep a notebook nearby to record how things disassemble to make it easier to put them back together.

The Dishwasher Won’t Turn on at All

With every electrical appliance, it pays to check the power at the source. Make sure the breaker is on first, then check the power at the dishwasher. If it’s hardwired, go back and turn the breaker off. Open the dishwasher door, unscrew the screws holding it in place underneath the countertop, and shimmy the unit out. The junction box will be located at the rear, on the bottom. Locate yours, open it, and check the wires for corrosion, breaks, or loose connections. Check the interior of the box for any burn or “arc” marks as well. If everything is clear, turn the power back on and check for voltage by probing the black and white wires. If you get no voltage, the breaker itself may be bad.

If power isn’t the problem, the issue could be a bad door latch switch. Open the door’s access panel and set your VOM to RX1. With the latch in the “open door” position, probe the two terminals. You should get a reading of infinity. Now close the latch and probe again; the reading should be zero this time or the latch switch will need replacement. If it’s a matter of the latch switch just not closing, then you might only need to adjust the latch. Loosen and reposition it, then re-tighten. You want a nice, tight seal on the door when it’s closed.

Next check the control timer motor. With the control panel off, disconnect the motor leads from the timer. Set the VOM to RX100 and clip the probes to the lead wires. If you get an infinity reading, or a very high resistance, then the motor is broken.

The Dishwasher Leaks From Underneath

Nine times out of ten, this is a hose problem. Check the drainage hose for cracks or loose connectors. If it’s not the hose, then it could be one of these other causes.

If you see evidence of leakage at the gaskets in the heating element, they could be loose or bad. Simply unscrew the heating element and unlock it from its holders. Disconnect the leads and replace the gaskets, then reassemble. Check the tub for any rust spots next. Minor spots can be cleaned up and repaired with an epoxy approved for dishwashers. Purchase the epoxy at your local appliance store and follow the directions on the container.

The Dishwasher Is Running but There’s no Water

The easiest thing to check in this case is the float switch, located in the base of the tub. First, make sure there’s nothing obstructing it and that it lifts up easily. Check the power to the switch by probing the terminals with the VOM on RX1. You should get a reading of zero, or with the float raised, the reading should be infinity. If not, replace the float switch.

To check whether the malfunction may be a clogged inlet valve instead, turn off the water feeding the dishwasher and disconnect the hose, wires, and pipe from the valve. Remove the mounting screws, pull the valve out, and with needle nose pliers, remove the filter. Just clean the filter under running water and reassemble to fix this.

The Water Won’t Drain

The most common cause here is a dirty strainer. Many dishwashers have one that sits on the bottom, but some have a little raised part in the corner instead. Locate yours and check to make sure it’s not clogged with food or debris. If that is all clear, check to make sure the drain hose hasn’t been bent, kinked, or clogged.

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Garbage Disposal Plumbing Repair

Whoever created the garbage disposal was a saint. Think back over what it was like living without one. You had to throw all of your leftovers in the trash. The trash would start stinking within a day. It was awful. The garbage disposal has brought tons of ease to our life and it is well worth investing in one in your home.

However, if it goes out, then you surely know it. We have had to fix lots of garbage disposals. They are tricky because of their location underneath the sink. They are usually in tight spaces. We get lots of calls particular if they have come to a stop or there is leaking underneath the sink.

We help people with just some practical ways that they can get some things fixed so that they do not have to call their local plumber. Let’s look at a couple of ways that we can help you with your garbage disposal problems.

Garbage disposal jammed- This is a common problem. This occurs usually when something gets stuck in the garbage disposal. You will find that lots of things can cause your disposal to get stuck. It can be spoons, general metal things that fall down, nuts, hard things that you eat that can be difficult to get down. What do you do if your disposal gets jammed? Lots of people do what they shouldn’t do. They stick there fingers down into it. This is extremely dangerous. There have been so many accidents from people doing this. This is a no brainer to be able to say stop doing this. So how do you fix it? I have seen lots of different people approach this in terms of trying to fix it. I have seen some people take broom handles and put down in it to get the spinner to turn. Sometimes this actually will work. However, sometimes you will find it doesn’t. The makers of the disposal had thought through this problem. They created a means by which to turn it when it is stuck. If you look underneath the disposal, you will find a place for an allen wrench to fit. Find the appropriate Allen Wrench. Use the wrench to spin it around. Sometimes it will take a lot of work. Sometimes it won’t. We have found that this website is helpful with all of your plumbing needs- http://www.plumbersinwinstonsalemnc.org/

Garbage Disposal Leaking- We have found this has happened just when someone has installed it or if it is older and starting to wear out. Sometimes you have to take the whole disposal out in order to fix it. Usually, the play dough type seal has gotten weak. You can simply go to your local Ace Hardware Store and get it. They will know exactly what you need.

New York Based Plumbing

Barry Costner is so confident and excited about his opportunity to be a part of something great in New York City. He has been offering plumbing to the residents of New York for over several decades. As one of the most experienced and trusted companies, we have set ourselves apart. Now, it is our turn to give back to the community. This upcoming year we are going to be offering our ‘Impact Communities Program.’ This is meant to be able to engage the plumbing needs of the community of those in poverty. One Saturday a month we set out in particular communities to do their plumbing work for free. Of course, on this day, we take some of the local kids/teens from the community and allow them to walk with us through the whole process teaching them about some of the basic plumbing techniques. It is an awesome way to get these kids involved. If you are interested in help, then please give us a call.