One of the best modernized appliances in our kitchen is dishwashers. It can take a load of dishes and dry them with little time and effort on your part, which is especially useful in large families. With this commodity that is truly a convenience, we are able to get other chores done and spend more time with our families. But when the dishwasher does not function correctly, it can put a strain and disrupt our routines. With that in mind, we at Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio would like to specifically explore why dishwashers are not filling with water, a common problem.
How Does a Dishwasher Work?
People tend to rinse the debris off the dishes, place them strategically in the dishwasher, add the correct detergent, set the appropriate washing cycle and flip it on; this is starts the washing process. The dishwasher is then designed to add and heat the water to the proper levels and temperatures. The detergent is dispensed at the appointed activation time where water shoots from the jets to get the dishes clean and sanitized. Before the dishes are sprayed again for a final rinse, the dirty water drains. After the water is completely drained, the heated air dries the dishes. To ensure the dishwashers efficiency and overall performance, there are a variety of sensors that detect the water levels and such. Because of these sensors, people typically know when the dishwasher is not filling with water.
Troubleshooting Dishwasher Not Filling with Water
There are several reasons as to why the water is not filling in the dishwasher and we have included a few of the most common reasons.
1) Door switch that is broken: One of the reasons why the dishwasher is not filling with water is because it can’t sense if the door is fully closed due to a broken door switch. Check the prong inside the tub during your visual inspection of the switch to check for other signs of damage. If that is indeed the culprit a simple prong replacement will repair the problem. If the switch is damage free, use a multi-meter to test the sensors. A professional can do this if you are uncertain how.
2) Kinked hoses. Within the dishwasher hoses are attached to the kick-plate panel. To get water into the dishwasher, these hoses are designed to ensure the water gets to the destination. The water will not be able to get inside the dishwasher if these hoses are kinked or damaged. Older hoses can become dried out and susceptible to cracks and other damage as time progresses. If you see these hoses are kinked, straighten them out or if they are damaged, replace them.
3) Float that is malfunctioning or damaged: Inside of the dishwasher is a part known as the float. Its function is to identify when the water is enough inside the dishwasher and will cut off the water supply. The water won’t flow into the dishwasher if the float is stuck at its pre-set level. The float can be prevented from lowering or get stuck in a spot due to debris or the float can be malfunctioning, requiring a replacement.