If you have a busy family and lifestyle, you know all too well that your dishwasher is the workhorse of your entire home. Without it, dishes pile up and your entire kitchen can quickly become backed up with dirt and grime. If you've been noticing that your dishwasher is having startup issues or it's just not functioning up to par, it may be time to call in the pros. Here are a few signs that may indicate you should call an appliance service expert to evaluate the problem.

Dishwasher Does Not Start

If you suddenly find that your dishwasher simply doesn't want to start or operate, it could be an underlying problem that should be checked out. The main culprits could be:

  • A jammed motor
  • Bad motor start relay
  • Damaged drive belt
  • Faulty timer motor

If you've noticed your motor has been seizing up frequently or blowing fuses, it's definitely time to upgrade the motor or replace the entire dishwasher. Be sure to check your wire connection and look for signs of a tripped circuit breaker or fuse before calling your dishwasher repair tech.  

Dishes Don't Dry Properly

When you ask your kids to unload the dishwasher and put everything away, you know there's an issue when you notice the dishes were put away wet. Don't blame the kiddos until you've had a chance to see if your dishwasher isn't properly heating enough to dry the dishes completely. One of the biggest culprits could be the drying fan or heating element. Once the fan motor seizes up or the element burns out, they will need to be replaced before your dishwasher works properly.

Clogged Drain

A backup of dirty water and debris is an indication you're dishwasher needs help. The primary culprit could be a clogged drain. You may be able to clean it out yourself, remove large items from the drainage screen and resolve the problem. Deep clogs within your plumbing system should be addressed and repaired by a plumbing professional or your Whirlpool appliance tech.

Water Leak Issues

It only takes a few minutes for water to overflow and quickly damage your flooring and the surrounding structure. Resolving water leaks now can prevent widespread damage or a busted pipe in the future. Your dishwasher repair tech will check for an adequate water level in the appliance and if any hoses are loose or damaged.

Be sure to call a certified Whirlpool appliance repair parts professional to ensure that you're getting the right parts for your make and model. A quick visit will save you money and increase the longevity of your dishwasher.