January 16, 2015

How to fix rust spots on a dishwasher dishrack video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to fix rust sponts a dishwasher dishrack.
How to fix rust sponts a dishwasher dishrack.

This video shows how to repair rust spots on your dishwasher rack as a cheaper alternative to buying a new dishrack.

For more dishwasher troubleshooting advice, step-by-step repair guides and error code charts, check out our Dishwasher DIY Repair page.

You can easily fix dishrack rust spots

Getting rid of those unsightly rust spots on the rack in your dishwasher is a pretty easy fix. All you need is a dishwasher rack repair kit, sandpaper or a file to remove the rust, and a couple dishrags.

  1. Remove the dishrack and sand or file off all rust.

  2. Clean the dishrack thoroughly with a wet washcloth and then dry it.

  3. Place the dishrack on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area.

  4. Apply vinyl touch-up paint to all damaged areas. In addition to white, the repair kit also can be ordered in blue or gray.

  5. For rusted tine tips, apply a small amount of vinyl touch-up paint to the tips and slide a plastic cover over each one.

  6. Wipe off excess vinyl paint that squirts out of the bottom of the tine tip using a paper towel.

  7. Let the paint dry for at least 8 hours before putting the dishrack back in the dishwasher.

  8. Run an empty dishwashing cycle with detergent to rinse off any paint residue.

Fixing rust spots on your dishracks helps them last longer and saves the expense of buying new dishracks.

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Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

Main causes: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems
Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan failure
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem

Repair guides common to all dishwashers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dishwasher.

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How to replace a dishwasher vent and fan assembly

If the control panel goes blank, the fan could be to blame. Replace the vent and fan assembly using these steps.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
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How to replace a dishwasher door outer panel

If your dishwasher door is dented or you want it to match your cabinets or other appliances, this guide shows how to replace the dishwasher outer door panel.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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How to replace a dishwasher control panel

Learn how to replace a dishwasher control panel. Learn which tools and parts you need and get step-by-step instructions.

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Time required
 30 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dishwasher.

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These tips will help your dishwasher clean your dishes better.

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January 16, 2015

How to fix rust spots on a dishwasher dishrack video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

It’s easy to get a newer looking dishrack!