Dishwashers simplify one of our basic kitchen tasks by cleaning our dishes, glassware, and utensils. Though the control panel of a new dishwasher looks complex, it is basically the only aspect of the appliance that has changed in 20 years. The average person can perform most dishwasher repairs with only a few tools.
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Step 1: If the dishwasher plugs into a wall outlet, verify that the outlet, plug, and cord are functioning properly. If the dishwasher is wired directly to a circuit and the unit does not operate at all when the power is on, check for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. When this seems to be the issue, the circuit will need to be restored.
Step 2: Before performing any repairs listed below, unplug the dishwasher from the electric supply or turn off the power to the dishwasher. At the electrical fuse box, trip the circuit breaker controlling the appliance or remove the fuse.
Step 3: Shut off the dishwasher water supply in the crawl space or basement.
Step 4: If water is leaking through the door of the dishwasher, the gasket may be the issue. Open the dishwasher door and inspect the gasket for hardness, wear, and cracking. If any of this is present, replace the gasket. Ensure that the gasket fits against the frame of the door without any bulges or cracks. Loosen or tighten the retaining screws if necessary or refit the gasket in the door channel or clips.
If the leak is still present, adjust the door latch so the gasket fits against the dishwasher doorframe without being flattened. Loosen the screws on the latch and use the pliers or your fingers to slide the latch. Open and close the door to check the gasket and ensure the latch is aligned properly. Tighten the screws.
Step 5: If buildup accumulates in the soap dispenser, the spring triggering the flip-out tray may not function properly or the pivoting action of the tray may be slowed. Ensure that nothing is blocking the dispenser and that the dispenser track is not cracked. If any leftover detergent remains in the tray in a liquid form, the tray could be damaged. Replace the detergent dispenser with one made for the model of dishwasher. Remove the screws that secure the dispenser in place, following the manufacturer instructions. Remove the dispenser unit, replace with the new one, and resecure the screws.