Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

3 Indications It's Time for Some Dishwasher Repair

Dishwashers see some of the heaviest use of all domestic appliances. Thus it is common for them to develop a variety of unique ailments and issues as time goes on. Being able to recognize the signs of such issues is a key skill for any homeowner. If you would like to improve your dishwasher troubleshooting skills, while minimizing the chances that you will need emergency plumbing service, read on. This article will outline three clear indications that it's time for some repairs.

Standing Water

Nothing could be grosser than opening up your dishwasher after its cycle has finished, only to find that the bottom of the machine is full of dirty water and food particles. Unfortunately, this is one of the most commonly faced dishwasher issues. That's because grease and food debris naturally build up at the bottom of the machine--and inside of the drain line--over time.

Eventually all of that gunk will cause clogs to form in the drain line that connects your dishwasher to your home's plumbing. Even if that is not the case, drain lines have a tendency to become kinked, warped, or otherwise damaged. Thus the problem may either involve clearing out a stubborn clog, or replacing the drain line entirely. Contact a professional repair person to help establish which route you will need to take.

Cold Dishes

Another frustration problem are dishes that don't seem to be hot--even seconds after the wash cycle has ended. This is an especially troublesome problem, since heat is a key factor in keeping germs from building up both on your dishware and inside of your machine. Cold dishwater is almost always a sign that the heating element has gone bad.

To verify that this is the problem, a repair technician must open up your machine to gain access to the heating element. Then they will test for proper continuity using the tool known as a multimeter. If the heating element is indeed faulty, an appropriate replacement will have to be installed.


If you dishwasher seems to be regularly filling with too much water, it can put an excessive amount of strain on the pump motor, as well as increasingly the chances that your door gasket will develop leaks. Overfilling is generally the result of a float valve that has become stuck in its open position. This is usually the result of food and grease build up on the valve stem. The good news is that a repair person is usually able to correct the problem simply by disassembling, cleaning, and then reassembling the float valve.

For more info, contact a business such as Patriot Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning.