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Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes? Helpful Tips


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We all came home after a busy day and needed just one task to go as planned. Sometimes the simplest of things complicate our lives that much more. If you have ever wondered, “Why is my dishwasher not cleaning dishes?” Do not worry, you are not alone. There’s a lot of frustration that comes along with your dishwasher not cleaning properly, and we understand why. Not only should a dishwasher sanitize and is leaving residue on your dishes, but it should also clear them of all the food, right?

Appliances were created to make life easier, especially when we talk about dishes. Dishwashers are supposed to save us time from having to hand wash every single dish. Thus, when we end up having to use the dishwasher and scrub it by hand, we end up feeling defeated.

The good news is that most answers to this common problem are simple fixes! We have put together a list of the reasons why your dishwasher may be failing you, but if it’s something a bit more involved, we recommend contacting Fix Appliances CA, the professional home appliance repair company that is always near you, including Ottawa, Toronto and other GTA areas.

Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes

Dishwasher Troubleshooting Tips

When your dishwasher is not getting dishes clean, cleaning the machine may fix the issue. After that, regular maintenance should keep your favourite and convenient kitchen appliance running. However, dirty components are not always the root of the problem. Here are some of the most common causes why your dishwasher is not cleaning well, this is the dishwasher problem of any brand and we prepared the following for all of them including Bosch dishwasher troubleshooting and many others:

  • The Interior Is Dirty

    A dishwasher filled with bits of old food, grease and soap scum is a dishwasher that won’t run as it should or stopped working. If this is your problem, it should be easy to detect and easy to fix. Run a cycle with white vinegar! As a simple tactic, pour three cups of white vinegar at the bottom of your dishwasher and run a full cycle. This will also remove any funky smells coming from your dishwasher.

  • Extra Dirty Dishes

    You shouldn’t have to put elbow grease into cleaning your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but you should give them a good rinse before washing. Your dishwasher might not be able to handle ketchup smeared on a plate or a few loose noodles left in a bowl, but rinsing before washing is an easy task to complete. This also can be a reason why the dishwasher isn’t cleaning the dishes.

  • Low Water Temperature or Pressure

    If your water isn’t hot enough, the dishes may appear dirty but will also be dirty. Water needs to reach a temperature of between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit to easily sanitize dishes. It removes pieces of food, and also allows the dishes to come out germ-free. To test this, run your sink water right after you start a load of dishes. Fill a glass with the (hopefully) hot water and measure that it’s in the temperature range it needs to be. If it’s not, adjust your water heater temperature accordingly.

    A possible culprit for your dishwasher doesn’t clean well is low water pressure. If you notice that your faucet or shower head’s water pressure has been lacking lately, it may be time to point fingers as to why your dishwasher is also failing you. You’ll need to call in a professional for this.

  • Make Sure The Water Is Running

    Obviously, your dishwasher needs water to run properly in the first place. If you find your dishes are coming out completely dirty and exceptionally dry, this may be the issue. To check it, place an empty cup on both the bottom and top racks, facing up. If the cycle ends and the cups are full of water, you will be aware that you have running water. But if you realize you don’t have running water and a dishwasher is not getting water, contact a professional for help.

  • Check if the Spray Arms for Obstructions and Clogs

    The spray arms are located at the bottom of the washer. Manually spin them to make sure nothing is in their way. If something’s blocking them from spinning completely, your dishes have less of a chance of getting cleaned evenly. Also, make sure there are no large pieces of food or other debris clogging the spray arm. This will help with draining, in addition to cleaning.

  • Broken Soap Dispenser

    Without soap, your dishes certainly won’t be getting cleaned or sanitized! Try dissolving any debris in the soap dispenser by cleaning it with a brush, warm water and white vinegar. Also, check to make sure the dispenser itself doesn’t have any broken or chipped pieces. If the gasket is broken, the soap won’t dispense properly. If this needs replaced, contact professional technicians at our company for a dependable repair!

  • Damaged Inlet Valve

    The inlet valve allows water to flow into the dishwasher. If you’ve recently noticed a hammering sound coming from the unit as it runs, a faulty inlet valve is a likely culprit. Check your owner’s manual for parts and replacement information. This is a more complex repair that may require a qualified technician and you are welcome to call for a visit a pro from FIX Appliances CA.

  • Load Your Dishes Evenly

    The best rule of thumb for this is that if the water can’t reach it, it can’t clean it! Piling in dishes because you think you’re saving time not handwashing them only causes headaches in the end. Be sure to leave enough room for soap and water to pass through each and every dish. If you don’t, you’ll be handwashing more than just a couple of dishes every cycle!

Contact Dishwasher Professionals at Fix Appliances CA

If these simple solutions don’t work and your dishwasher is not working, do not waste a chance and contact Fix Appliances CA. A dishwasher that won’t clean dishes can be frustrating and complicated. The fact is that home appliances are tricky, that is why our technicians receive specialty training to learn how to fix each one of them.

By requesting dishwasher repair service from us, you’re getting a knowledgeable, drug tested and background checked technician sent to your doorstep the same day. You can’t beat that! Fill out a service request online or call us at 888-242-0777.


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