Quick Fixes – Dishwasher

Problem: The dishwasher won’t turn on.

  • Make sure the door is closed and latched. If necessary, press RESET until you hear two clicks.
  • Check to make sure the unit is plugged in. Reset the circuit breaker if needed.
  • Check the door latch; repair or replace as necessary.
  • Make sure the control is set to wash. Adjust as needed.
  • Check the timer. It should be set in the ON position.
  • The RINSE AND HOLD setting must be OFF in order for the dishwasher to run.

Problem: The unit won’t fill with water.

  • Check the water filter for clogs. Clean if needed.
  • If the over flow switch is stuck in the “fill” position, it won’t fill with water. Replace the switch if defective.
  • Make sure the water valve is on.
  • Check the timer. Replace if necessary.

Problem: The dishwasher makes a strange noise.

  • Check the spray arm. Make sure it isn’t hitting the dishes.
  • Replace the water intake valve, which makes a “knocking” sound when defective.

Problem: The soap dispenser won’t open.

  • Clean with vinegar to remove soap build-up.
  • Be sure the lid isn’t blocked.

Problem: When the dishwasher has run, the dishes are still wet.

  • Check the timer. Replace if needed.
  • Inspect the heating element. Clean with vinegar and check electrical connections.

Problem: The unit leaks.

  • Check the door seal. Clean any waste or soap build-up. Replace if needed.
  • Check the hose clamps, tighten if loose.
  • Inspect the door hinges. Replace if broken.
  • Use powder soap to reduce suds.
  • Make sure the dishes are loaded properly. Dishes should face the water spray. Don’t place them too close to each other.
  • The soap might be defective. Run the load again with new powder soap.
  • Scrape and rinse dishes before loading.

Problem: Water runs continually.

  • Check the timer, water intake valve, or overflow switch. Replace any piece that is defective or contact a qualified service contractor.
  • Look at the float valve at the bottom of the refrigerator. Remove any obstructions so the valve can move freely.

Problem: Standing water remains in the tub, even after the cleaning cycle is complete.

  • Up to two cups of water is normal.
  • Inspect the drain hose. Remove any kinks.
  • Check the pump drain for blockage. Contact a service contractor if needed.
  • Check the kitchen sink drain for clogs. Run cold water and turn on the disposal.