Dishwashers are now relied on by many households for the cleaning of dishes and utensils. Although most major brands should be reliable, there are times when a dishwasher may need to be repaired. Unfortunately, more often than not, you will find that your dishwasher will break at the most inconvenient time, usually after a dinner party or an afternoon baking session, so when it does you need to know what to do next!
At Consumer Adviser we've put together some helpful tips for troubleshooting your dishwasher yourself.
Common problems and how to fix them
One of the most common problems is dishes remaining dirty. Before calling a professional, ensure that the dishes are being loaded correctly and that the temperature of the water is correct.
Another problem is the dishwasher not draining properly. You should check for any debris inside the dishwasher that may be causing a blockage.
Sometimes, there may be difficulty sliding the racks in the dishwasher. You should check that the wheels are intact and free from debris as sometimes chunks of food or other rubbish can get caught on the rails, hindering rack movement.
Calling in a professional
If the dishwasher has a problem that you are unable to solve yourself, you may need to call a professional.
Before hiring a professional to carry out the repair, you should check if your machine is still under warranty. If it is, you should contact the manufacturer first. Companies such as Bosch, LG, Miele and HotPoint will usually offer a warranty when the product is being purchased. If the machine goes wrong while under the warranty, they may be able to deal with the repair.
There are online web directories that you can use to find a repair company in your area. Once you have the details of a few companies, it is advisable to search for reviews online to ensure that they are reliable and reasonably priced. However, do remember to always take reviews with a pinch of salt because, as reviews are not obligatory, they are not totally representative of customer experience.
When you contact the company, you should check that they are licensed. A dishwasher repair may require both plumbing and electrical knowledge, so the technician should be licensed to do both.
Recommendations from family and friends can be very useful when choosing a company to repair your appliances. They will be able to give you an idea on the quality of the work and the fairness of the price.
- You may be able to repair minor problems yourself
- Some issues will require a licensed professional
- You can use online directories to find a repair firm