Kitchen cleanup is easiest when your dishwasher is running at its optimal best, but problems can ensue if the internal components of your dishwasher fall into disrepair. If your dishes aren't getting as clean as they should with each cycle and you are using the proper amount of detergent, your dishwasher may be affected by a mechanical problem. Troubleshooting common problems may improve your dishwasher's efficiency.
Grease and debris can clog the drainage path of the dishwasher and cause dirty water to remain inside the dishwasher, which can lead to dishes not being cleaned properly. Clearing the drain path of any debris sometimes helps. One of the most common dishwasher parts requiring replacement is the drain line, since it sometimes becomes damaged and interferes with normal drainage.
Sometimes the dishwasher's circulation pump becomes damaged with objects erroneously placed into the dishwasher. If a component in the pump, its seals or impeller becomes damaged, water pressure may be insufficient to clean the dishes properly. Replacing the dishwasher pump assembly is one of the most common dishwasher repair jobs, although replacing deteriorated seals may be sufficient for solving the problem.
Visually inspect the detergent dispenser, looking for breaks or cracks in the dispenser or the dispenser's latch. A damaged dispenser fails to open properly during the machine's cycle, which can lead to dishes remaining dirty after the cycle completes. If the latch is broken, the entire assembly should be replaced.
Sears PartsDirect offers the most popular dishwasher repair parts to make it easy to keep your dishwasher running at top capacity with simple home repairs. To get started on your repair, choose the type of category from the list above, click the chat button, or call 1-800-252-1698.