When your dishwasher malfunctions and won’t flush, it’s frustrating, especially if you use that appliance on a regular basis. And when you do have to call a dishwasher repairman, it’s even worse. Who wants to be stuck in a frustrating cycle that only gets worse? Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to fix common dishwasher problems yourself.
First, the controller panel – the part that controls the wash cycles, temperature, and water levels – needs to be replaced by a certified repair person or DIYer. If you’re like most people who own dishwashers, this means you’ll need to buy a new controller, rather than a simple replacement part. There are several reasons why the control panel may need to be replaced, ranging from age to a bad feed/disconnect or valve seal. Dishwasher professionals can help with all of these reasons, but if you don’t want to take the chance of replacing the entire control panel, save yourself some money and just buy a new dishwasher pump. This will take care of your wash cycles and valve seals, at least, saving you from another trip to the repair shop.
Next, the feed line and the drain hose have to be replaced. Again, most people who do the Dishwasher Repair themselves will be able to replace these with ease, but if you’re like most people who have to call in a professional, it’ll take a little extra time and the ability to get inside the dishwasher to do the job right. If you’re going to try to replace the feed hose or the drain hose yourself, there is a chance that the control panel may come off during the replacement process, but most professional repair shops will still be able to fix it without any additional issues. The only real downside to doing the hook up yourself, aside from possibly damaging the appliance in the process, is that you will have to figure out how to hook the feed line back in afterwards.