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5 Dishwasher Problems & How to Fix Them

Are your dishes not drying properly?

Is there food left on them after a wash?

Yuck! Tired of spots on your dish sets?

Dishwashers are our hard-working & dedicated companions of the kitchen, so when they build up an issue, you notice it rapidly.

An ordinary dishwasher should serve properly for around 10-12 years.

Notwithstanding, dishwashers sometimes show & fatigue glitches before that time frame.

Well, getting maintenance or substitution can be costly at times.

But you can maintain & repair your dishwasher & extend its lifetime.

If your dishes aren’t drying or you have white spots on your crockery, don’t worry!

We all are in the same boat!

Don’t Worry!

A little bit of DIY here and there can save you from disaster!

My Team has accumulated a list of the most common dishwasher issues and a couple of potential answers to solve them.

Problem 1: Dishes not drying.

Who’s the culprit?

Culprit 1: Problem with Heating Element

  • The most predictable issue with the dishwasher not drying dishes properly is the heating component.
  • If your heating component is ready to rock ‘n roll, check the thermostat.
  • It’s a gadget that keeps the dishwasher from getting excessively hot.
  • A faulty high-limit thermostat can make the heat shut off before your dishes are completely dry.
  • The thermostat can be found at the lower portion of the dishwasher tub, right behind the entrance panel.

Culprit 2: Problem with Rinse Aid Dispenser

  • If the thermostat is working well them check for the rinse aid dispenser.
  • Make sure it’s not vacant and that it’s delivering rinse aid appropriately.
  • Dishwashers are intended to utilize a rinse air, which incredibly improves drying.
  • Rinse aid additionally keeps water settling.
  • So, it prevents spots or lines on dishes during drying.
  • Without rinse aid, your dishes won’t dry properly.
  • Regardless of whether your cleanser or tablet has a wash help incorporated into it, rinse aid is always necessary.
  • The rinse aid will improve washing & drying to have the best outcomes.

Problem 2: Dishwasher not draining properly.

Does your dishwasher overflow the water outside when you try to open it?

If yes then there is some drainage issue with the Dishwasher.

Who’s the culprit?

Culprit 1: The Dishwasher is stopped Abruptly

  • If the dishwasher is stopped abruptly during operation, then it might have still some water left, as the cycle was not completed.
  • Firstly, try to run the dishwasher once again.
  • Just running the cycle again can fix this issue.

Culprit 2: Problem with Garbage Disposal System

  • You can try to run waste disposal in Dishwasher.
  • The dishwasher normally depletes into a similar channel the waste disposal uses.
  • If there is an issue with your waste/garbage disposal check for some food or dirt clogging.
  • This can make trouble for appropriate drainage.

Culprit 3: Newly Installed Garbage Disposal System

  • If you installed new waste disposal, check if the drain plug is still on.
  • This can be the likewise reason behind your dishwasher’s drainage problem.
  • Ensure the channel plug is taken out and the dishwasher channel hose is appropriately associated in case of the new installment.

Problem 3: Dishwasher is taking too much time.

Who’s the culprit?

Culprit 1: Not running the boiling water in the sink before beginning the dishwasher.

  • Turn on the boiling water spigot closest to the dishwasher for two or three minutes.
  • This will also help to remove cool water inside the lines.

Culprit 2: Selection of Cycle & Other Options

  • A few cycles run longer than others.
  • For example, Sanitization & Dry Heat Cycles need longer time than others.
  • If the Water at a home has a lower (Normal) temperature than required in Dishwasher, it also takes plenty of time to warm up the water.
  • In case of such cycles, it is recommended to pre-heat the water up to the mentioned level in the water heater & then run the cycle.

Problem 4: Dishes come out of the dishwasher dirty or covered in residue.

Who’s the culprit?

Culprit 1: Problem with the filter.

Few models come with a removable filter, few don’t.

To review for the removable filter, read the manufacturer’s manual.

If the filter is clogged or dirty, it might bring food particles to dishes and affect the overall cleaning operation.

It’s time to clean the filter when:

  • Dirty spots are noticeable on the upper portion of the filter.
  • Dishes come out with food scraps or dirt.
  • Dishes feel dirty or sticky when touched.
  • Quite a long time has passed than the indicated cleaning cycle in the manufacturer’s manual.


Be careful while checking the filter.

There might be any sharp things like broken crockery inside.

Problem 5: Dishwasher is leaving white film on glasses.

White films & lines on your favorite crockery glasses can be annoying!

It frequently happens over the long haul, but there are some easy & smart solutions for it.

Who’s the culprit?

Culprit 1: Hard water conditions and absence of rinse aid.

Firstly, it’s not your dishwasher’s fault, but water’s!

  • Hard water implies that your town’s water has small minerals, for example, calcium and magnesium.
  • These minerals come out of boiling water and stick to different surfaces.
  • These are quite visible on the glass.

Luckily, there’s a solution!

  • So many dishwasher cleansers and added substances are available in the market that is particularly made for hard water.
  • There are some rare situations where the rinse aid and cleanser can’t mollify the water enough in hard water zones to accomplish wanted cleaning results.
  • In these cases, dish cleanser boosters are known to radically improve cleaning results.