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Possible Causes of Poorly Functioning Dishwashers, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary reasons why your home’s dishwasher might not be functioning properly. Dishwashers have several distinct components and moving parts, and also may deal with accumulations of grime and dirt over time that lead to diminished functionality.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to help. We offer a variety of residential and commercial appliance repair services, including a full range of dishwasher repair solutions for any issue your dishwasher may be experiencing. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few additional potential culprits in dishwashers that aren’t cleaning properly, plus what you can do about them – either on your own or with the assistance of our team.

Water Temperature Problems

In most modern dishwashers, the water temperature must reach at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit for the machine to run properly. This temperature will either be controlled by a heat-boosting mechanism built into many dishwashers or, in other models, simply by your home’s water heater and the temperature it’s set to.

If you’ve identified temperature as the issue, knowing which of these formats your dishwasher uses is vital. If it utilizes your water heater, many homeowners are savvy enough to adjust this temperature on their own (be sure not to go too much higher than 120 degrees, as this risks scalding). If the issue is with a heating mechanism, on the other hand, you’ll likely need our team to come service the problem.

Volume or Pressure

Another potential issue for not only dishwashers, but also items like washing machines, is improper volume or pressure factors. In many cases, these issues will be part of larger concerns that span the entire home, and you’ll also notice pressure problems in faucets, showers or other water areas. Many such issues actually require a plumber to assess your entire home’s water pressure.

Detergent Concerns

In other cases, one of the simplest possible solutions here is that you’ve been using the wrong detergent. There are several low-quality detergent types that may lead to poor cleaning – some homeowners may try to compensate by using more of this detergent, but this will also cause issues with spotting. The goal here is to find a high-quality detergent and use it as-directed, and you can also consider a final rinse agent to ensure there’s no spotting on your dishes.

Inlet Valve Failure

Finally, a mechanical issue that sometimes causes dishwasher failure is a problem with the inlet valve, or the valve that allows water into the machine. One common sign of an inlet valve problem is a hammering sound coming from your dishwasher during operation – in these cases, call our pros for an inspection and possible repairs to this valve.

For more on common culprits in dishwasher issues, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.