Easy DIY Dishwasher Repairs

 

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By Kim Hillegass, Sears PartsDirect

Many people believe fixing a dishwasher on their own is too complicated or will require a major time commitment. Fear of the unknown holds them back from attempting the repair. Our DIY Dishwasher Repair section can help alleviate that fear by giving you the information you need to fix most common dishwasher problems yourself.

The fact is that many common problems are easily and quickly repairable if you do your research, have the right part and are well prepared. I've put together a list of some common dishwasher problems with easy DIY repair guides that have detailed instructions, each taking less than 30 minutes to complete.

If you’re getting an error code on your dishwasher, look it up on our Dishwasher Error Code page.

Cracked or Clogged Lower Spray Arm

The lower spray arm in a dishwasher distributes the wash water to the dishes in the racks above. Sometimes the spray arm clogs from a buildup of debris or hard water, preventing water from passing through. The spray arm can also crack along its seam, spraying water everywhere inside the tub except the dirty dishes–even through the door. If this happens, replace the spray arm following the directions in our DIY repair guide How to Replace a Dishwasher Lower Spray Arm.

Water Leaking Through the Door

The door seal, also called a gasket, forms a watertight barrier between the tub and the door. Leaking from the door could indicate a worn seal. Tears or cracking will also cause the seal to leak. It's an easy fix, and we have the instructions in our DIY repair guide How to Replace a Dishwasher Door Seal.

Door Won't Lock

The door latch assembly locks the dishwasher door while the dishwasher is running. A switch inside the latch assembly won't allow the dishwasher to run if it detects the door is open. If the door latch breaks or the switch fails, the dishwasher won't start. See our DIY repair guide How to Replace a Dishwasher Door Latch Assembly if you need to replace the door latch.

Not Advancing Through Cycles

The timer regulates the power sent to various components of the dishwasher, advancing through the various cycles such as wash and drain. The timer motor or the timer cams can fail, causing the dishwasher to stop advancing or preventing the components from starting or stopping. Replacing the timer is a simple repair with instructions found in our DIY repair guide How to Replace a Dishwasher Timer.

Dented Door Panel

A dented or damaged outer door panel can happen just from normal wear and tear. While this won't affect the operation of the dishwasher, it can be unsightly. Some manufacturers offer color options for the door panel; one color on one side and a different color on the other, allowing you to change your décor if you wish. Whatever the reason, replacing the outer door panel is an easy job. Find the instructions in our DIY repair guide How to Replace a Dishwasher Door Outer Panel

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