Before you pick up the phone to call a technician, check to see if the dishwasher problem you are experiencing is on this list. Many problems require a very quick fix that you can do yourself.
Problem: My Dishes Are Still Wet When The Dishwasher Cycle Is Complete.
Be sure to load the dishes so that the water can run off them freely. Especially with round dishes like bowls, it can be easy for them to retain water if they are set sideways rather than upside down. Also, be sure to add Finish® Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser regularly for superior drying. Your issue may be that you need to add more of a rinse aid dosage if your dishes are still coming out wet. If your dishes are still wet after trying all of these solutions, it’s possible that you have a faulty heating element and should contact a technician.
Problem: My Clean Glassware Keeps Coming Out Cloudy.
In hard water areas, avoid limescale deposits by adding Finish® Power Up™ to each cycle. Determine your local water hardness and adjust the rinse aid setting accordingly – generally hard water requires more aid and soft water requires less. White streaks on glasses could be a result of surface corrosion. We recommend that you find out if this is the problem by doing our simple vinegar test.
Problem: The Patterns On My Dishes Are Fading.
We recommend you try running your dishwasher on a low temperature cycle using Finish® Quantum® with built-in anti-corrosion protection. If your dinnerware is not dishwasher-safe, wash the items by hand.
Problem: My Dishes Have Detergent Residue On Them Even Though They Are Clean.
We highly recommend that you check the door of the dosing chamber to ensure it is not blocked by bulky dishes or large utensils. A damp dosing chamber can also cause tablets and powder to stick. Generally, hard water requires more detergent.
Problem: There Are Spots, Smears And Drops On My Clean Glasses.
First, be sure to load your dishes correctly so wash water runs off freely. Determine your local water hardness and adjust the machine setting accordingly. Often this will solve the problem. We also recommend that you regularly add Finish® Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser and use Finish® Power Up™ in each load.
Problem: My Dishwasher Is Foaming Onto The Kitchen Floor!
Don’t panic. First, turn off the dishwasher. Put down some towels or rags if the foam is still leaking from the machine. Open it and remove dishes from the dishwasher. Scoop out as many suds as possible. Wait and allow the rest of the suds to subside. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a normal cycle without dishes or detergent. Repeat this process until suds disappear completely.
This most likely is occurring because too much detergent was used, hand dish soap was used instead of dishwasher detergent or traces of dish soap were left on the dishes in the dishwasher. We recommend in the future not to pre-wash your dishes because our high quality detergents will clean your dishes without the pre-wash step. If your problem has nothing to do with detergent mix-ups, it’s possible that the rinse aid spilled during refilling or the rinse aid chamber is leaking.
Problem: There Are Orange Stains On My Plastics.
This is likely occurring because there was a red sauce on one or more of your dishes when you started the dishwasher cycle. The solution is to scrape items before loading your dishwasher in the future or to use a rinse and hold cycle. To fix your orange dishes, bleach them back to original color by placing in them in strong sunlight.
Problem: My Dishwasher Is Not Draining.
If the drain hose is kinked, the water cannot run properly into the machine. Make sure that a portion of the drain hose is at least 0.5m above the dishwasher’s enclosure floor. Avoid a clogging of the filter system by cleaning it regularly (approximately once a week). It’s also possible that the kitchen sink drain may be clogged and it may be necessary to ask a plumbing service to remove the blockage.
Problem: There Is An Odor Coming From My Dishwasher.
This is likely occurring because there is food stuck in the filter or built up on the side of the machine. Be sure to clean out the filter regularly and wash the parts of your dishwasher to prevent this from occurring. We also recommend you use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner regularly.
Problem: My Dishwasher Is Performing A Poor Cleaning Job Overall.
The first solution to this problem is to avoid low quality and old/damp detergent. Be sure to use the correct amount of detergent as recommended. Load and sort your dishes to allow water to circulate freely. We recommend you use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner to remove limescale and grease build-up in your machine.
Dishes Still Wet
- Load dishes correctly so that the water can run off freely.
- Regularly add Finish® Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser.
- Increase the setting of rinse aid dosage, if necessary.
- Possible faulty heating element. (Contact a technician.)
General Poor Cleaning
- Avoid low quality and old/damp detergent.
- Dose detergent as recommended.
- Load and sort dishes to allow water to circulate.
- Use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner to remove limescale and grease build-up.
Food Around Filter
- Remove and clean filter.
- Scrape off large food particles from the dishes before loading.
- Use normal and auto wash cycle.
- Use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner to keep this vital component working properly.
- In hard water areas, avoid limescale deposits by adding Finish® Power Up™ to each cycle.
- Determine your local water hardness and adjust the rinse aid setting accordingly.
- White streaks on glasses could be surface corrosion.See vinegar test.
- Avoid this by using low temperature or china/crystal cycles. Use Finish® Quantum® with built-in anti-corrosion protection.
- Avoid prolonged contact with acidic/salty food (e.g., mustard or ketchup).
- Use high-grade quality stainless steel. (e.g. 18/10)
Faded Patterns On Plates
- Use Finish® Quantum® with built-in anti-corrosion protection.
- Run low temperature cycle, or if dinnerware is not dishwasher-safe, wash items by hand.
Detergent Residues At End Of Cycle
- Check door of dosing chamber is not blocked by bulky dishes or large utensils.
- A damp dosing chamber can cause tablets and powder to stick.
Spots, Drops Marks, And Smears On Glasses
- Load dishes correctly so wash water runs off freely.
- Regularly add Finish® Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser.
- Use Finish® Power Up™ in each load.
- Determine your local water hardness and adjust the machine setting accordingly.
- Traces of hand dish soap on dishes. Pre-washing is not necessary with a high quality detergent like Finish® Quantum® or Finish® All-in-1 Powerball® Tabs.
- Rinse aid spilled during refilling, or rinse aid chamber could be leaking.
- High amount of protein-based food left on dishes (e.g. egg, milk).
Orange Staining On Plastics
- Possibly caused by red sauce in the wash such as spaghetti sauce.
- Scrape items before loading or use a rinse and hold cycle.
- Bleach back to original color by placing in strong sunlight.
Dishwasher Not Draining
- If the drain hose is kinked, the water cannot run properly into the machine. Make sure that a portion of the drain hose is at least 0.5m above the dishwasher’s enclosure floor.
- Avoid a clogging of the filter system by cleaning regularly (e.g. once a week).
- The kitchen sink drain may be clogged and it may be necessary to ask a plumbing service to remove the blockage.
- Food stuck in build up on the side of the machine or a dirty filter often cause odor coming from the machine.
- Clean filter and use Finish® Dishwasher Cleaner.
Is your dishwasher not draining properly? If water gets blocked on its way to the drainpipe, it has nowhere to go but back into the dishwasher. There are many reasons this could be occurring and not all of them require you to call a dishwasher repair service. This article will help you check the most common dishwasher parts that could be causing this problem so that you can identify and fix the problem on your own.
If your dishwasher won’t drain, it could be that the drain hose is clogged. To check this, remove the drain hose from the dishwasher and the sink drain and clean it out. The most common spot for blockage is at the garbage disposal.
It could be that the reason your dishwasher won’t drain completely is that the check valve is stuck in the closed position. The check valve is what prevents water from returning to the dishwasher after the water has been drained. If the valve gets stuck closed, it will prevent the water from draining out of the dishwasher. You can usually find the check valve in the outlet of the pump attached to the drain hose.
Your dishwasher could also not be draining properly because the check ball might be stuck. The check ball is the small plastic ball in the check valve (attached to the drain hose) which prevents water from returning to the dishwasher after it has drained. If the ball is stuck, it will stop the water from draining. Examine this to determine if the ball is simply stuck and thus causing your dishwasher to not drain properly.
Drain Pump And Motor Assembly
If your dishwasher still won’t drain completely or is leaking, the pump and motor assembly could be defective. If the motor isn’t running during the drain cycle or it just makes a humming noise when it should be running, you may need to replace the pump and motor assembly.
Did any of these solve your problem? Many of these are easy fixes once you know what to look for. If none of these solutions fix your leaking dishwasher situation, you may need to solicit the help of a dishwasher repair service.