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Repairing a dishwasher will depend on the problems in need of repair, and your level of experience.
Most dishwasher issues fall into one of the following categories: Drainage: standing water at the bottom of the dishwasher Leaks: water escaping the door and running into the home Motor: the dishwasher making odd sounds and not performing properly
Some drain and leak issues can be resolved by completing some basic maintenance tasks, e.g.: cleaning the inside of the washer, removing any residual debris around the bottom, tightening screws.
If these steps don’t solve the problem, it may be the motor or some other more complex issue. In that case, your best bet is to contact a professional who can evaluate the situation.
"What kinds of companies or local pros repair dishwashers?"
The companies that most commonly repair dishwashers include manufacturers, and local appliance professionals. Some large retailers offer their own technicians as part of warranty programs.
Local Appliance Professionals
Most of these companies specialize in repairing all appliances from all manufacturers. Employees have completed training or education requirements.
If your dishwasher is still under warranty, the manufacturer may provide free or reduced-fee service.
If you purchased your appliance from a major retailer, you might have purchased or received a warranty. These retailers may source from selected local appliance professionals, or have their own trained technicians.
Local handymen, electricians or plumbers may advertise dishwasher repair services. However, these providers have varying degrees of training and expertise. Ensure that you understand the nature of the issue, and their level of expertise, before enlisting their services.
"Do plumbers repair dishwashers?"
Some plumbers may advertise services related to dishwashers. However, most plumbers do not repair dishwashers. Instead, plumbers repair pipes, leaks, drainage issues, and supply lines within a home.
If components that are connected to a dishwasher – like a water line or garbage disposal – are impacting the dishwasher, then the issue might be best handled by a plumber.
"Is it best to have the manufacturer repair my dishwasher, or can any qualified pro do it?"
It depends on your warranty.
If your dishwasher is under warranty:
Contact the manufacturer, and coordinate any service through them in order to increase your chances of receiving free or discounted service and repair.
If your dishwasher is no longer under warranty:
You will need to evaluate the cost and time required to service the machine. Many local service professionals offer a level of service similar to manufacturers. When contacting both, ask for a cost estimate, and find out how soon they will be available.
"My dishwasher isn't draining completely, what should I do?"
If you are an accomplished DIY’er and feel comfortable troubleshooting mechanical and drainage issues, you can try the following:
Inspect the drain area inside of the dishwasher for debris. If found, attempt to dislodge.
Dishwashers drain through the sink drain. If the drain is clogged this will impact the dishwasher. See if you can unclog the sink drain.
Similar to the sink drain, if you have a garbage disposal, it may be preventing the dishwasher from draining. Being careful to ensure that power to the disposal is shut off, see if any foreign objects are stuck at the bottom of the disposal, or clogging it, and attempt to dislodge them.
Dishwasher Drain Hose
The drain hose from the dishwasher to the sink drain may be clogged with grease or other debris. Disconnect it for inspection and clean if necessary.
If none of these troubleshooting steps work, contact a local appliance professional (or the manufacturer if still under warranty).
Some companies may provide suggestions over the phone before sending a technician to your home.