Living in a modern world, dishwashers have become a convenient part of daily life. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 80 million households in America have a dishwasher. When your dishwasher is experiencing plumbing issues, it is important to identify and prevent them from becoming a more serious problem and a more expensive repair. Luckily, our plumbers in Gainesville are here to teach you about some common dishwasher plumbing issues.

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Dishwasher Won’t Drain

While standing water in your dishwasher may be a sign your dishwasher requires professional repair, most of the time, it is a sign of a minor issue that you can fix on your own. This problem is normally caused by either the dishwasher’s drain hose or the air gap (if your unit has one) may be clogged. Drain hose clogs typically occur where the hose is attached to the main household drain line or where the hose connects to the garbage disposal. Try removing the hose and unclogging any debris, but don’t forget to reattach the hose before using your dishwasher again. 

Dishwasher Runs But Doesn’t Fill

A dishwasher that runs but doesn’t fill can be one of the most frustrating issues to encounter, especially when it’s full of dirty dishes. This normally indicates a problem with your hot water valve, so we recommend checking behind the dishwasher’s front panel for debris, which can confirm or eliminate the cause of the problem. If there is no debris, there could be a problem with the dishwasher’s water inlet valve, pressure switch, or timer/selector switch.

Dishwasher Doesn’t Clean Dishes

If your dishwasher isn’t cleaning your dishes, we recommend checking your owner’s manual to make sure you are using the right detergent, loading the dishes correctly, and are using the right water temperature. If this doesn’t fix the issue, clean your dishwasher’s spray arm, filter, or float. We also recommend removing the power panel to get to the supply tubes and electrical wire so you can remove and clean the inlet valve pieces. If none of these solutions work, we recommend calling in an experienced Gainesville plumber.

Dishwasher Makes Loud Noises When Running

While some noise from your dishwasher is normal, if you are noticing a loud banging noise, this could be caused by a problem with the water hammer and occurs when running water hits a closed valve, which is supposed to be open. A water hammer problem can cause some severe damage to your water pipes, so we recommend getting in contact with a professional plumber as soon as possible.

Dishwasher Door Is Leaking

Finding a sudsy mess on the floor is something no one wants to see in the kitchen. A leak in your dishwasher’s door is often the cause, which could mean the door latch is bent, loose, or not latched properly. This can be fixed by installing new latch systems, but it may be time to place the gaskets if you still notice water coming out of the door. If you are still encountering leaking problems after these D.I.Y solutions, we recommend reaching out to an experienced plumber.