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Dishwasher not cleaning properly? Leaking waterline? Clogged drain basket?  Not even sure what the issue is?

This article will walk you through things you can fix yourself or call an appliance repair technician to help you, and when you should just replace the dishwasher altogether.

Common DIY fixable issues

  • Clogged drain mesh
  • Clogged dishwasher fluid dispenser
  • Calcified dishwasher sprouts
  • Clogged dishwasher drain
  • Broken wheels on dishwasher racks

Time to call the Pros or replace your dishwasher

  • Broken motor
  • Broken sprouts
  • Broken circuit board
  • Broken buttons
  • Cracked water line connection


When you should just replace the whole appliance:

Broken parts that are not repairable: Some parts are either irreparable or simply not worth the money to fix. It’s important to identify these early so you don’t waste time on trying to fix something that is not fixable. Or worse, you call out a repair technician or plumber, only to have them tell you the same thing and the dishwasher has to be replaced anyway.

Parts that could break are buttons, such as the “Start”, on your dishwasher. Another common issue is a cracked water inlet valve, leading to the appliance leaking water on operation. Or the control board could be blown and the dishwasher does not respond to anything.

While some of these parts ARE repairable, like a water inlet valve, the time you have to wait to get the part in, labour costs (because the technician will have to come back at a different date, leaving you with two service calls to pay for) and overall inconvenience, it would be better to replace the whole unit, especially if the dishwasher is over 10 years old.


When you can try to fix the issue yourself:

A whole host of things could go wrong in a dishwasher and just as easily reversed if the machine is cleaned or maintained on a regular basis, in the right way.

It could be as simple as a plugged up drain mesh at the bottom of the dishwasher. Or perhaps a clogged dishwasher line due to being improperly supported. Perhaps you have a garburator that the dishwasher connects to and the garburator is filled, such that the dishwasher can’t drain.

Check out our blog post on why your dishwasher won’t drain, and we will lead you on the path to troubleshoot these common issues and hopefully save you a service call and money.


When to call in the Pros

Issues like defective electronic controls or defective valves, circuits under warranty or even motor replacements should be done by a licensed appliance repairman. This is the natural end when you have been troubleshooting the issue to a certain point, and it is now time to call the pros. At Airdrie Appliance Repair Pros, our trustworthy staff can quickly come out to your place and assess what needs to be done and get it done right the first time around. Give us a call today!