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Dishwasher Problems

Kritika Parwani Nov 3, 2018
If you have dishwasher problems, it is not always necessary to call a repairman. Here are some troubleshooting tips for the same.
Dishwashers are not only time-saving kitchen appliances, but they also save energy and water. After giving a great party, the last thing you want is to realize that it isn't working. But you don't have to call a repairman immediately. There are some common problems that you can fix without having to spend money unnecessarily.

List of issues

Dishes Remain Dirty

This is one of the most common problem, that the dishes remain dirty even after a wash. This does not always mean that it is a technical issue. You have to make sure that you load the dishes correctly. 
Do not put more than one plate in one slot. This will prevent water from reaching between the plates and leave you with dirty plates. Also, do not put a lot of silverware in all compartments.
If you are sure you are loading your dishes correctly, then the next step is checking the temperature of the water. You can do that by testing the water in your kitchen sink with a kitchen thermometer. It must be between 140°F and 160°F, or your dishes will not be cleaned properly.
If food is stuck to your dishes, one reason can be a clogged filter screen, which causes the food to be thrown back on the dishes. You can troubleshoot this issue by removing and cleaning the spray arm by scraping out the debris and reattaching it.

Dishwasher Does Not Drain

If your dishwasher does not drain, check its bottom from the inside, for any debris, which may be blocking the drain hose. Remove all the debris. Make sure your appliance pauses between cycles. It's during that time that the water can drain out. If there is no pause, then you will probably have to call a repairman.
If it drains on your floor, it probably means that there is a crack in the plastic drain hose, that can be replaced easily. But the most common reason, perhaps, is that you are putting in too much soap. It is very important to put the right quantity of soap, and never put regular dish-washing soap into the machine. You can also make homemade detergent.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have installed a garbage disposal recently, and do not remove the drain plug when using it, it can also cause a draining problem.

Sliding Racks

If you have problems with the sliding racks, then there is probably a problem with the wheels. Sometimes, they are difficult to pull and push. In such cases, the first thing you should do is check that there is no debris around the wheel rod or inside the holes of the wheel. Apply a lubricant (any kind of cooking oil) to get it back into place.
If the wheel is cracked or broken, you have to replace it with a new wheel set at the hardware store. If the rack falls down when you open the door, then you probably have to change the spring in the door. The spring is located in the access panel . Once you locate it, remove it, and take it to your hardware store where they can help you get a replacement.

Film on Dishes After Wash

If you have guests over for dinner, it can be very embarrassing if the dishes have a film on them. This can be because of hard water. Hard water is a common menace in many neighborhoods. It cannot break the chemicals in your soap easily, which results in formation of film on your dishes even after a wash.
Another reason can be excessive use of detergent or even a particular type of detergent, which does not suit the appliance.
If you still can't troubleshoot the problems, it is best to take tips from a professional. These tips can help you troubleshoot minor issues, and make your dishes come out sparkling clean.