When people are asked what their most hated household chores are, washing the dishes is often near the top of the list.
If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher to help with this task, you can rest assured that most of the time, running the dishwasher, even if it’s not quite full, will save you more water than doing those same dishes by hand.
But to make sure your dishwasher is doing its job properly, it needs to be working properly, and leaks can impact this.
From water pressure issues to a broken sensor, let’s look at some of the reasons your dishwasher might not being doing its job as well as it could, and how you can fix it.
Is It A Leak?
A leak in your dishwasher means water is escaping and not being used to clean your dishes.
This also means it’s less effective than it could be – not to mention the damage it may cause to your home.
Look for water pooling on the floor, or water spraying out to indicate a leak.
Leaks could be coming from around the door, at the water source, or underneath the dishwasher.
You may need to clear items from the area under your kitchen sink in order to pinpoint exactly where the leak is coming from.
If you can move the dishwasher out from the wall, this might also help you to find the correct spot, but be careful not to pull so hard as to break or disconnect the hose.
Leaks Around The Door
The door of your dishwasher is lined with a rubber gasket.
If the gasket has become cracked or brittle with age, this could be the source of your leak.
Leaks At The Source
There will be a hose or pipe connecting the dishwasher to the rest of your household plumbing and water source.
A loose connection here could be the cause of a leak from the water source.
Leaks Under The Dishwasher
Leaks underneath the dishwasher could be from the drain, the seal around the pump, or the water inlet.
Check for loose hose clamps, cracked gaskets, and check for breaks in the water pump.
Is It Not Washing?
If your dishwasher is leaking to the point where there is no water available to wash the dishes, there are a number of reasons this may be the case.
The door sensor may be broken, you could have issues with the water supply, or the float switch may be damaged.
Let’s look at these possible causes.
Broken Door Sensor
Dishwasher have a safety mechanism which prevents the flow of water when the door is not latched properly.
This makes a lot of sense, having the water being to flow if the door is open, or not closed properly could result in a flood in your kitchen.
However if the latch is not operating properly this will also prevent water from flowing when you want it to.
If the latch isn’t “clicking” into place when you close the door, check if there is something obstructing it.
If the latch is functioning properly the switch which controls it may need to be replaced.
Water Supply Issues
First, check if there are issues with water supply to the rest of your kitchen or home.
If you are able to use the sink, then check the valve which diverts water to the dishwasher.
Another spot to look at would be the hose which supplies the dishwasher – a kink in the hose may be preventing water from reaching your dishwasher.
Damaged Float Switch
The float switch is a dish or cone inside your dishwasher.
It acts as a sensor to tell the dishwasher when enough water has filled it up, and when to stop the water flow.
If the switch gets jammed by a utensil that has fallen in, or stuck due to soap scum then it may be falsely telling the dishwasher not to allow any water flow.
A broken float switch will need to be replaced.
Call Triton Plumbing & Service
Having trouble pinpointing the reason your dishwasher has stopped working?
Need help replacing a broken gasket or fixing a float switch?
Triton Plumbing & Service is here to help – give us a call today, and let us fix what you can’t.