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Common Problems with Dishwashers and How to Solve Them

If your dishwasher door don’t close properly, water doesn’t drain all the way, or if you have any other problem, simply call a dishwasher repair specialist and let them fix the problem and return your dishwasher to perfect working order. Call them today to schedule an appointment for your dishwasher repair in Brooklyn. We will work with you to set up a repair appointment for a time that is most convenient for you:

When scheduling a repair appointment, we always accommodate your busy life style.

The information we provide on our website is here to help you gain more knowledge about your dishwasher. More efficient dishwasher usage can help you save on your utility bills and on possible future repairs by extending the life of your dishwasher.
Warning: DISHWASHERS CAN BECOME DANGEROUS IF YOU TRY TO REPAIR WITHOUT EXPERIENCE, TRADE KNOWLEDGE, AND THE RIGHT TOOLS. We strongly advise you not perform any dishwasher repairs on your own. Dishwasher repairs attempted by anyone without professional experience, training, and understanding of gas and electrical systems can become very dangerous. For professional help call a dishwasher repair technician.

DISHWASHER COMMON PROBLEMS

Your dishwasher doesn’t drain the water
Cause: Dishwasher drain hose kinked or clogged
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Look for bends and straighten them. If the dishwasher hose won’t stay straight, buy a helical spring which is a bit larger than the outer diameter of the dishwasher hose and place it around the hose to keep it straight. If the hose is straight, disconnect and blow through it to see that it is clear.
Cause: Dishwasher timer sticks in “Wash” phase
Easy dishwasher repair solution: If the dishwasher timer doesn’t advance from the “Wash” to the “Drain” phase, the timer is defective and should be replaced.

Your dishwasher detergent-cup lid fails to spring open
Cause: Dish or utensil is blocking the dishwasher lid
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Make sure dishes and utensils are positioned so they can’t possibly jam against the dishwasher detergent-cup lid.
Cause: Detergent put into a wet cup or left in the cup too long
Easy dishwasher repair solution: The cup should be dry when the dishwasher detergent is put into it, because the detergent will harden in a wet cup and may cause the lid to jam. If the dishwasher detergent remains in the cup for too long a period, it may cake.
Cause: Hard-water deposits (calcium) are hampering lid operation
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Clean the dishwasher cup and lid with vinegar.
Cause:Dishwasher detergent-cup lid solenoid valve is defective
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Consult the dishwasher wiring diagram and locate the solenoid. Place a continuity tester across the dishwasher solenoid

Your dishwasher doesn’t dry the dishes
Cause: Improper placement
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Air space should be left around the dishes to permit free passage of heat.
Cause: Calcium deposits have built up on dishwasher heating element
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Examine the element and clean off deposits with vinegar.
Cause: A wire has come loose from the dishwasher heating element
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Be sure wires are tightly attached.
Cause: Heating element has burned out
Easy dishwasher repair solution: Test the dishwasher element for continuity by placing a tester across its terminals. If there is continuity, the dishwasher element has failed. Replace it.

Dishwasher mechanical components are usually mounted directly to the tub it’s important that you know how to troubleshoot the dishwasher motor, look at the bell housing on the dishwasher motor and determine if it has a manual-reset protector. No hum or noise at all?

Check for voltage at the dishwasher motor terminals with a volt-ohm meter (VOM). A relatively loud hum (less than four seconds) followed by the overload protector kicking out indicates that both running and starting windings are being energized; check for foreign object or impeller, or stuck dishwasher motor bearings. If it hums or buzzes for a longer period, chances are that the run Winding only is being energized, check the motor centrifugal switch. Problems in this area require removal and dis-assembly of the dishwasher motor. It’s best to let a dishwashers motor-repair shop replace the switch; it must be fabricated to fit the motor. The impeller itself is critical. Chips and breaks on the leading edge because erratic sprays patterns and greatly reduce washing efficiency. Damage to impellers is caused by foreign objects, primarily silverware, dropping into the sump.

If confronted with thin problem, inspect the silverware basket and be certain the machine is being loaded according to instructions.  The shaded-pole motor that powers the pump is a rugged device. If water doesn’t pump out, check to see the pump is turning freely; you can often tell by turning the motor shaft with long-nose pliers. If it’s binding, disassemble the pump and inspect for foreign objects. Motor bearings are usually accessible and will seldom require more  than cleaning and oiling if the motor shaft itself is binding.  A strainer, usually in the bottom of the tub, protects the dishwasher pump a compromise, however; its openings must be large enough to allow soft food deposits to pass and be flushed away, but small enough lo stop bits of bone, glass, olive pits, etc. The problem lies in small pieces of hard material. Check the strainer carefully whenever a foreign object is found in the pump. It’s a tough feeling when you reassemble the pump only to hear the “chunk” of another object logging against the impeller. If the dishwasher pump turns freely, check the pump motor for continuity with your volt meter.

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Power-Saving Efficiency Tips for Your Appliances

INVEST IN POWER-SAVING CONTROLLERS FOR MOTOR-DRIVEN APPLIANCES

For less than 840 you can buy a plug-in microcontroller that lets an appliance with an induction motor such as a refrigerator, freezer, window air conditioner, or furnace fan, run cooler and ignore quietly on less electricity. This microcontroller, called the Energy Smart Power Planner and manufactured, CEM Industries, is intended for older appliances; newer ones often have a microcontroller built in. The device comes in 8-, 10-, and 20-amp models to handle almost any household appliance that has an induction motor

STORING FOOD CORRECTLY

Control refrigerator prevent odors from spreading, make sure all food is wrapped, covered, or bagged in plastic. The only exception is the fruits and vegetables stored in crisper drawers. And in a frost-free, bag those too otherwise they’ll dry out. Before refrigerating any liquid, put it in a tightly sealed container. Moisture that evaporates inside a refrigerator just makes the unit work harder. To cool food quickly before freezing (and to reduce energy costs) set hot pans in ice water. Wrap the food and freeze it at once. When stocking an empty freezer, add 3 pounds or less of unfrozen food per cubic foot of space each time until the freezer is full. This will allow the food to freeze quickly and thoroughly, retarding the growth of bacteria. Keep a freezer inventory list. It cuts the time you keep the freezer door open looking for food and helps you use older items first.

HOW LONG WILL YOU HAVE AN APPLIANCE?

Knowing how many years you’re likely to keep an appliance helps you to compare models more accurately than if you base your purchasing decision on just the initial cost. With a major appliance, first find estimated yearly cost on the appliance’s energy guide label, then multiply that yearly cost by the appliance’s estimated life. Add the result to the purchase price and you will have a good approximation of the appliance’s true cost. If you don’t have the means of determining how long you will have an appliance you can always contact Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY to assist you with any repair needs that may occur while living in the New York area.

Major Appliances
Clothes dryer (electric) – 20
Clothes dryer (gas) -22
Clothes washer – 24
Dishwasher – 16
Freezer – 22
Garbage disposer – 12
Microwave oven – 14
Range (gas) – 28
Refrigerator – 23
Trash compactor – 15
Broiler oven – 9

Small appliances
Blender – 8
Coffee maker (drip) – 3
Coffee maker (percolator) – 6
Food processor – 8
Iron – 9
Mixer – 9
Toaster – 8

For professional appliance repair help contact Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY immediately.