If you're having trouble with your dishwasher, you could try to sort out the problem yourself or you could call in a handyman or an appliance maintenance professional. Here are four signs your dishwasher may need appliance maintenance services.
1. It's leaking on your floor
If you have laminate flooring in your kitchen, it can be especially susceptible to water damage. But even if you have relatively water-resistant tile flooring, leaking is always a problem. Your dishwasher could be leaking due to a failed seal, a clogged sink drain, a loose hose, or even using the wrong detergent. Have a maintenance professional come out to diagnose the situation if you want to save your kitchen floor from water damage.
2. The drain seems to be clogged
Even if the unit isn't leaking constantly, you may notice the drains aren't working properly if you open the door of your dishwasher to find several inches of water still standing in the bottom after the cycle is supposedly complete. Your dishwasher's drain could be clogged due to food debris, or it could simply not be draining because the kitchen sink drain it's connected to is slow. Kitchen sink drains are very susceptible to clogs from traces of cooking fat, food scraps, and other debris that winds up washing down the drain when you're washing things in the sink.
3. Dishes aren't getting clean
If your dishes simply aren't sparkling like they should, your dishwasher's spray arm could be the culprit. Another possible cause is a problem with another part such as the filter, float, or inlet valve. If you're not sure what the problem is and how to fix it, call a professional for peace of mind and quick repair service.
4. One of the moving parts seems to be broken
If you're the sort of person who keeps an eye on your surroundings, you may even notice that part of the spray arm is missing before you start noticing it's not cleaning as well as it used to. If the spray arm or one of the other moving parts (such as the door latch or the sliding mechanism for the trays) is broken, calling repair personnel can be much simpler than trying to source a replacement part yourself.
These four signs warn you when your dishwasher may need professional attention. Call an appliance maintenance specialist like Golden State Equipment Repair for assistance.