Dull & Spotty Dishes: 3 Types Of Dishwasher Problems You May Need Repaired

The use of a dishwasher makes cleaning dishes a lot easier. Once loaded, it's easy to turn the dishwasher on and have sparkling dishes a little while later. If your dishes are not coming out as clean as you're expecting, then there may be a problem. Instead of going back to manual washing, you can hire a plumber to inspect and repair your dishwasher. They can help find the source of the problem and eliminate the presence of dull or dirty dishes. If your dishes are constantly coming out dull or not as clean as they used to be, then there are three main problems to consider. Browse through each of these problems to learn about the repair process and how a professional plumber can fix them.

Drainage Line Clogs

When dirty water doesn't drain properly from a dishwasher, the dishes will not get as clean as they're supposed to. Each time the dishwasher is used, small food particles and debris can go down the drain and slowly start to build up through the drainage lines. Eventually the water drains extremely slowly or not at all. If this is the case, then you will likely notice that there is some standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher. A plumber can inspect the drainage line to find the source of the clog. Once way of doing this is with a line inspection camera. The camera is fed down the drain of the pipes to determine the exact area of the clog. After this process, a plumber can snake the line and remove the clog. To prevent this problem in the future, plates and other dishes should be cleared of as much debris as possible.

Water Supply Line Clogs

A water supply line provide fresh water into the dishwasher for cleaning dishes. If this line isn't properly supplying water, then the dishes are barely getting clean and will come out looking dull. If this is the case, then there are two possible problems with the water supply line. The most likely problem is a kink in the supply hose. When all of the components of a dishwasher are pushed into a small area, the hose can easily become pinned down and kinked. This can prevent the water from getting into the dishwasher at a proper rate. A plumber can pull out the dishwasher and replace the whole water supply line to prevent these kinks from happening.

The second problem that may occur with a water supply line is a leak. Leaking water may not be visible at first because the water line is behind the dishwasher. If you notice puddles of water near the front of the dishwasher, you may have a water supply line leaking issue. The water should be turned off from this area as soon as possible to prevent any damage. A plumber can replace the supply line and help restore any water damage that may have occurred.

Garbage Disposal Clogs

Your kitchen sink area runs on an intricate system that works in a cycling process to provide proper draining. In some cases, another part of the sink can cause problems with the dishwasher. One of these areas is the garbage disposal. If a garbage disposal is clogged, then your dishwasher may not drain properly. One of the main signs of this issue occurs when our sink fills up with water as the dishwasher is trying to drain itself. A plumber can inspect the garbage disposal and repair it from any drainage issues. In most cases, clogs in a garbage disposal typically occur when items are placed in it that do not break down well. Egg shells, fatty oils, and fibrous foods are just a few of the things that can cause issues with a garbage disposal.

Contact a plumber for pricing estimates and available appointment times. Once these problems are fixed, you can enjoy shiny and clean dishes from the dishwasher.