The dishwasher. A modern appliance that most homeowners don't want to live without. The introduction of the dishwasher to residential homes has virtually eliminated the time and effort required to wash dishes by hand.
Imagine the horror if you were to open up your dishwasher after the completion of a wash cycle, only to discover that the dishes within are still dirty. This is usually the result of a dishwasher failing to properly fill with water.
Troubleshooting your dishwasher is easy if you know where to begin looking for problems.
The amount of water that filters into your dishwasher during each cleaning cycle is controlled by a float. Once the water reaches the float, a switch triggers the shut-off valve and no more water is fed into the dishwasher.
Food debris and hardened soap can cause the float to become stuck in the wrong position. This will result in your dishwasher receiving false messages, with no water coming into the unit itself. Take the time to clean around your float often so that it can function properly.
Dinged-Up Door Switch
Your dishwasher is equipped with a specialized switch that allows it to recognize when the door is fully closed. This switch prevents serious structural damage by preventing water from entering the dishwasher when the door is in the open position. A damaged door switch could be the reason your dishwasher isn't filling with water during a wash cycle.
Check the prong on the inside of the dishwasher tub to see if it has been physically damaged. If the prong appears to be intact, you will need a plumber to help you replace the entire door switch so that proper water flow can be restored.
Water feeds into your dishwasher through a series of flexible plastic tubes. The flexibility of these tubes allows them to work in a compact area, but it can also allow the tubes to become tangled at any time.
A kinked tube will restrict the proper flow of water into your dishwasher. Older tubes can also become dried out or cracked, which can limit the flow of water.
An experienced plumber will be able to examine, straighten, and/or replace the tubing connecting your dishwasher to your main plumbing system in order to ensure that the appliance properly fills with water in the future.
Don't let a dry dishwasher get you down. Check the float, door switch, and tubing to get your dishwasher filled and ready to clean your dishes once again. Contact a service, like Cox Construction & Plumbing, for more help.