Has your dishwasher been acting up lately? Maybe you’re not quite sure what’s cause for concern, and what’s normal behavior for your model. No matter what the problem is though, ignoring it will only make things worse. To clear some things up, we’ve listed some common signs that your dishwasher needs to be repaired. Follow our guide before deciding to replace a dishwasher that’s not performing as well as it should.

1. Dishes Aren't Hot When Removed

Of course, this depends on how quickly you remove your dishes after running a complete cycle. If your dishes aren’t coming out hot immediately after a cycle is through, this may be a sign that your dishwasher isn’t functioning properly.

Your dishes aren’t being effectively sanitized if the heating components aren’t working as they should. To avoid dirty dishes and further damage to your dishwasher, this is an issue you should get checked out as soon as you notice it.

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2. Dishes Aren't as Clean as They Used to Be

If your dishes are no longer coming out of the dishwasher clean, or as clean as they used to, it’s likely there is a problem that will need fixing. Some common causes of this issue include water supply problems, faulty spray arms, broken detergents dispensers, and more. If you’re loading your dishes properly but they’re still coming out less-than-clean, you may need to call for professional repair service.

3. Door Latch Won't Close Properly or at All Anymore

A dishwasher won’t function at all if its latch won’t close. If this is the case, a simple repair to the latch could be all your dishwasher needs to get up and running again. If the only problem is the dishwasher’s latch or another door closing mechanism, your dishwasher will be back to normal in no time. This repair is best left to the professionals though, especially for higher-end models.

4. Water Drainage Problems

If you’re running your dishwasher and it doesn’t seem to be draining properly, this is definitely a sign of a problem that needs repairing. With this issue, you’ll notice pooling water in the bottom of the washer after every cycle. Maybe it will eventually drain out, but it might stop draining entirely. If this is the case, you’ll want to stop running cycles until you get your dishwasher repaired.

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5. Cracks or Rust in the Appliance

Signs of aging may also allude to your dishwasher needing a major repair or replacement. Do you notice cracks on the inside of the appliance that look as if they’re getting worse with every use? Or do you see rust accumulating at the bottom of the washer? Do some investigating to make sure the rust hasn’t come from something you’ve recently washed. If you determine the source of the rust is from the dishwasher’s components, it’s time for a repair.

6. Older Inefficient Model

As with any appliance, dishwasher performance tends to decline over time with repeated use. Just because your model is old though doesn’t mean it should be replaced. In fact, older models tend to be more reliable than newer one with more bells and whisles. A little dishwasher manitenance and repair can go a long way toward restoring it’s cleaning abilities once again.

Advance Appliance Service, Inc.

If you have noticed any of the signs above in your dishwasher, it may be time to give us a call. Our helpful service technicians can repair problems you may face with your dishwasher and a number of other common household appliances. Give us a call at 615-884-8428 to schedule a repair.