Some dishwasher parts are replaced more than others due to wear and tear from everyday use. All dishwasher brands, whether it is Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Kitchen Aid or a Kenmore dishwasher, share similar parts which function in much the same way. Here then are the top three most-repaired parts on a dishwasher according to sales from our website. Continue reading
Testing your Icemakers Water Inlet Valve is not a common appliance occurrence. However some of the most common Icemaker problems do involve the Water Inlet Valve. So, we thought it would be a good idea for you to know how to safely test your Water Inlet Valve! Continue reading
As much as we love it when our air conditioner blows frigid air on a hot summer’s day, a freezing air conditioner, or one showing ice build up on parts of the AC unit is actually a bad sign. If your air conditioner has ice forming inside or anywhere around it, that generally means that there is an issue with the unit.
Here are some easy DIY steps to solve your freezing air conditioner problem. Continue reading
If you notice a loud screeching noise coming from your dryer when it’s running, there are one of four parts that could be contributing to this. The longer you wait to fix this, the more damage it causes. Before examining or replacing anything, it’s important that you completely disconnect your unit from its power source.
People keep all sorts of things in their pockets, from change, to keys, to hair pins and paper clips. Most of the time, we remember to empty our pockets before doing a load of laundry, but every now and then everyone forgets. If you’re lucky, you’ll still find them right in your pocket after the dry cycle. But sometimes, these items seem to disappear.
If you hear clinking or clanking noises during the dry cycle and suspect that you’ve lost loose change, or any other small items in your dryer we may be able to help. Continue reading
When fixing a broken appliance, it’s sometimes not always obvious if the part is faulty. Sometimes a visual inspection will tell you if a part needs replacing, like a corroded bake element, or a broken dryer belt. However, for some parts like a switch, fuse or electrical component, you will need to test the part using a test meter (also called a multimeter or a volt-ohm meter) in order to check it for continuity.
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A gas stove burner that makes a clicking sound when the gas burner is turned on might be caused by moisture or dirt interfering with the surface burner ignitor, also known as an ignitor electrode or a spark ignitor.
The surface burner ignitor electrode is located on the burner and emits a spark that ignites the gas on the burner creating a flame. Overflowing pots, grease and other cooking debris can interfere with the spark. Try cleaning the surface burner ignitor electrode and the area surrounding it with a tooth brush, or a nylon scrubbing pad to remove any dirt or grease covering these parts. Allow the parts to dry completely before assembling and testing the gas stove burners again.
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If your dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes properly, here are a few things to check in order to fix the problem yourself.
Clean your dishwasher
It’s tough to get clean dishes out of a dirty dishwasher. Cleaning your dishwasher on a regular basis will help it run more efficiently and get your dishes clean.
Clean the filter/drain or “trap” area at the bottom of the tub by using a cloth or paper towels to remove any excess food particles or even broken glass (be careful!). Sometimes the filter is a piece that can be removed. If so, remove and rinse away any stuck on food particles from this part in the sink. Replace the filter.
Clean the detergent dispenser. Detergent dispensers or cups can become encrusted with old soap which can prevent it from opening during the cycle. Remove any excess detergent from around and inside the dispenser.
Check the lower dishwasher spray arms to make sure the holes are free and clear of any blockage. During your dishwasher’s wash cycle, water and detergent spray through these holes to clean your dishes, so clogged spray arms might be preventing your dishwasher from properly cleaning your dishes.
To reach your lower spray arm, remove the bottom rack of your dishwasher and unscrew the lower spray arm to inspect. Clean the spray arm with water and mild detergent if necessary. Use a tooth to pick out any food particles that are clogging the spray arm holes. If the spray arms are damaged, find the model number of your dishwasher in order to find the proper replacement part.
You can buy a dishwasher cleaner like affresh which helps destroy mineral deposit build-up from hard water along with bad smells, mildew and stains inside your dishwasher. Just drop a pod in your dishwasher’s detergent tray and run it through a regular cleaning cycle.
The vinegar and cleaners like affresh will remove any hard water deposits and leftover detergent along with any funky bad smells, leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh.
Load your dishwasher properly
Don’t overload your dishwasher racks; water and detergent need to reach the surfaces of your dishes in order to clean them. Face the dirty part of your dishes toward the center where the water from the spray arms can hit and clean them.
Don’t block the front of you dishwasher with a large pan or plate, it can prevent soap from the dishwasher’s detergent dispenser from properly mixing with the water.
Make sure your dishwasher is filling with water
After you start a normal dishwasher cycle, open the door after you hear the machine stop filling with water. The bottom tub should be filled with about three-quarters of an inch of water at least covering the heating element in the bottom of your appliance. If the water level is not correct, it could be a stuck or broken float switch. A float switch allows water to enter into the machine to a point where the float will rise up to “off” position, disconnecting power to the water inlet valve. If the switch is defective or the float is stuck in the up position, the water will not enter into the machine.
The water inlet valve controls how much hot water enters your dishwasher. It also has a small screen inside of it that may be blocked by dirt or debris. Either remove and clean the screen from this part, or else replace the water inlet valve altogether.
Check your pump impeller
The pump impeller, located in the dishwasher’s pump, is a round plastic fan blade that helps pressurize and circulate the water through your dishwasher’s spray arms. These parts can break over time and need to be replaced.
Check your detergent dispenser
If the detergent dispenser is not opening, soap is not reaching your dishes. Try cleaning your detergent dispenser or checking whether a bad dishwasher timer, bi-metal release or a wax motor is preventing the dishwasher dispenser from working.
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