- Always consult your dishwasher’s manual before trying to fix any simple problems with your dishwasher yourself.
- If you think there is a serious fault with your dishwasher, it’s always best to seek the advice of a professional plumber.
Some of us couldn’t live without our trusted dishwasher – the noble steed that dutifully washes the dishes each night! When you discover a problem with your dishwasher and suddenly have to start washing dishes by hand again, it can be a bit of a nightmare. So we’ve complied a handy guide on how to fix simple problems with dishwashers, without calling out a professional. From dealing with dishwasher cleaning problems, to loud, rattling noises – we’re here to help you save your dishwasher!
4 common problems with dishwashers & how to solve them
My dishwasher is making loud noises
If dishes are touching each other or a utensil has fallen out of the cutlery basket, your machine could be making a rattling noise. To prevent this from happening, make sure you load your dishwasher correctly. Check out our guide to find out the best way to load a dishwasher.
Also make sure your dishwasher is positioned on a flat, level surface. If it’s tipping back and fourth because of an uneven surface this could be the cause of the noise.
My dishwasher won’t start
It may seem like an obvious answer, but make sure the door is shut properly; the machine won’t be able to begin a cycle otherwise. Other quick fixes are to make sure the dishwasher is plugged in – you never know the wire may have accidentally been pulled out – and to make sure the switch is on at the wall.
The filter on the water supply hose may also be blocked – limescale could be the culprit of the blockage. Consult your dishwasher manual to locate the supply hose and clean it, following the manual’s instructions.
Another issue could be that the fuse has tripped. Look in your manual for instructions on locating the fuse and determining whether it is functioning properly. If you do have a blown fuse, then call a professional to replace it.
My dishes don’t come out of the dishwasher clean
Problems with dishwashers not cleaning dishes can be caused by a number of different reasons. Check the following:
Are you overloading your machine? Check the dishwasher’s manual for instructions on its capacity.
Are you using the right detergent? Make sure you’re using a good quality detergent, whether it be tablets or powder.
Do you scrape off food remains before loading dishes into the dishwasher? Scrape left over food particles into the food waste bin and rinse any particularly heavily stained dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.