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Fixing Dishwasher That’s Not Cleaning Properly

Is your dishwasher not cleaning properly? It’s so frustrating but contacting a service company for a dishwasher repair service can help. However, the good news is that you can also repair the dishwasher yourself. You don’t have to be handy to do it. All you need is to check the following parts and fix them. The problem will be solved.

The Upper Discharge Housing Gasket

If the spray arms are producing a low pressure, the problem source could be the upper discharge housing gasket. This is situated on the discharge cover. The housing gasket may have become loose, or it may require replacement. If you need to replace the gasket, ensure there is no debris or crud which could bar the gasket from fitting well.

The Spray Arm

The upper, lower and the middle spray arms could be the source of the problem. The work of these arms is to spray dishes with a strong spray of detergent and water. Investigate to make sure the spray arms can move freely, and the dishes are not distracting them. The bearing ring of the spray arms could have become loose or worn out preventing proper dish washing as the spray arms become wobbly.

Also, check the spray arms for plugged holes or cracks. Glass, cellophane, toothpicks, food particles and other debris may be blocking the holes in the spray arms causing impaired force or spray direction. If you find some holes are plugged, then check also the filter system as it could have a problem. Separated seams or cracks in the spray arms can also reduce the spray force.

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The Docking Station

This is located at the rear end of the dishwasher, and its work is to supply water to the spray arm that is in the middle. Make sure the station is connected well to the tube that supplies water. Inspect its flappers and make sure they can move freely and that they close well and won’t allow pressure loss when the supply tube of the middle spray is not inserted. Check if there are cracks in the plastic pieces and if need be, replace them.

The Chopper

Probably, what is causing you to consider contacting a dishwasher repair is the chopper. Why? Well, its work is to cut food particles into very tiny parts so that they can easily go through the drain area of the dishwasher pump. If the chopper is not cutting the pieces finely, they can prevent dirty water from draining and instead cause it to recirculate in the dishwater. So inspect the drain area of your dishwasher and remove any debris there may be. If not, check the chopper as it may be damaged.

The Water Inlet Valve

Of the many dishwasher parts, the most common to fail is the water inlet valve. If it’s not supplying enough water in the tub, it can be the reason the dishwasher is not washing dishes properly. You need to replace the valves when you realize that they are not restricted, and power is supplied at the right time.

Other parts of a dishwasher that may necessitate repairs are the water delivery tube, the filters, wash spinner, detergent dispenser, heating element and the pump impellers. If you don’t find any problem in the parts we have discussed above, check these and fix them.

Whenever you have a question about the proper use of your machine or if you need service for an appliance breakdown, contact FIX Appliances CA. Our skilled technicians are available for immediate service whenever you need them, and every dishwasher is covered by a service and parts warranty for your peace of mind. Contact Us: 1-888-242-0777

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Within 24 hours our appliance was fixed with the proper Miele part ....before he did the repair he explained the problem and all costs to fix it...we would not hesitate to call them for any future appliance repair.

Oldcorn, Shanty Bay, ON, Dishwasher repair

What a great experience to deal with FIX. Initial contact for service was very polite and positive. Appointment time was prompt and timely. Service repair person (Oleg) was extremely efficient and knowledgeable to assess the problem and subsequently order parts and repair. His work was efficient, neat and tidy. We are very pleased with the work and have already mentioned this company to our friends. We will not hesitate to request repair service again if and when required. Congratulation on your high standard of business ethics and practices.

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Service Area

FIX Appliances CA is located in Barrie and Bradford, Ontario. Our local dishwasher repair technicians also cover Simcoe County, Toronto and GTA areas. Check the map to confirm the service area nearest to your city or town.

Dishwasher Brands We Service

Miele, Samsung, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, GE,  Maytag, Bosch, Kenmore, KitchenAid and more brand name dishwashers.

Common Questions Asked About Dishwashers

Is pre-rinsing necessary?

No, remove excess food, but pre-rinsing is not needed. New dishwashers and soaps are designed to remove food particles. Pre-soaking may be needed for dried-on food.

How do I avoid spots and cloudiness on glasses?

Use a heated drying cycle or rinse aid. Using excess detergent can cause glass etching, so
use about half the amount to reduce corrosion. Hard water can cause spots, so you may need to invest in a water softener.

What kind of detergent is best?

Pod-style, dissolving packets are easy to use and reduce the chance of using too much
detergent. Brand names tend to work better than generic brands too.

How should I load the dishwasher?

Cutlery should be face up for better water circulation. Sharp knives and utensils should
be face down for safety when removing. Plates, pots and cutting boards should be placed on the lower rack leaning toward the center spray arm or facing down. Plastic, glasses and long utensils should be placed on the upper rack.

Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Tip #1 – Clean or replace the filter

A filter located under the lower spray arm is generally removable. Clean it with a soft, bristled brush regularly. Replace if it becomes damaged.

Tip #2 – Clean and deodorize

Wipe down the area between the door and bottom of the dishwasher to remove food particles. Clean out spray arm holes with a needle. Use a dishwasher deodorizer to keep it smelling fresh and prevent mold growth.

Tip #3 – Wipe down exterior

Special cleaning wipes are available to safely remove fingerprints from exterior stainless-steel doors and handles. Use a damp, non-abrasive cloth for all painted finishes.

Tip #4 – Stop overloading

It may be tempting to fit every dish possible into one load. Overloading will restrict water spray patterns that will require rewashing and wasted water.

Tip #5 – Repair dish racks

Replacement tips for the upper and lower racks are available in a variety of colors. Touch-up paint is available to cover worn and flaking paint that will rust if left untreated.

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