Charlotte Plumber DIY Series: How to Fix a Broken Dishwasher - Part II

How to Fix a Broken Dishwasher

Repairing a dishwasher yourself is not challenging and can save you money too. Here are some parts of the dishwasher that could be the source of your problem.  This DIY project has been broken down into two articles since there are so many possibilities. Be sure to check out Part I of this series if you don't find the problem and solution in this article! It's bound to be listed under possible options one through three!

Option Four: the belt

There are some older dishwasher models that may use a belt driven pump. In that case, if the belt came off or slipped, then the pump that drains the dishwasher will not function properly. Check the belt for signs of wear, damage, or stretching. If there are signs, replace the belt.

Option Five: the timer

There are some dishwasher models that use a mechanical timer to operate cycles. The timer controls the main pump motor and the drain solenoid or separate drain pump motor (if your model has that style) as well. Typically, the timer is located in the control panel at the top of the dishwasher door. To identify the correct timer contacts that control the drain cycle, a wiring diagram and schematic is required. With a multi-meter, these contacts can be observed for continuity. If they are defective, then the timer will need to be replaced.

Option Six: drain hose

With a clogged or restricted drain hose, a dishwasher cannot drain properly. Typically, restrictions occur most often at the outlet from the pump or drain housing where a check valve may be located, at the input to the household drain system, and anywhere that a kink may have formed in the drain hose.

If you find that food debris is a cause of the draining restriction, then you should take a look at the condition of the food chopper as a source of the problem. The hose should be replaced if it has a kink in it. The new house should be strong enough to prevent any new kinks from forming.

Option Seven: other repair parts

These are the most common parts that can be the causation of a dishwasher to stop draining. However, there are other parts that could still be the perpetrator. Enter your dishwasher’s model number to find out all the parts, schematics, and symptoms of your dishwasher to find out more.

Didn't Find Your Problem Yet?

Be sure to check out Part I of this series if you don't find the problem and solution in this article! It's bound to be listed under possible options one through three!

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Article Summary

Quick question & answer: Should I replace my dishwasher’s kinked drain hose?

Yes, a dishwasher’s drain hose should be replaced if it has a kink in it. A new hose should be strong enough to prevent kinks. A drain hose is important to a dishwasher because it cannot drain properly with a clogged or restricted drain hose.

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