Get a helping hand with your dishwasher with our troubleshooting guide. We’ve got some top tips on how to unblock your machine and as well as some answers to those burning FAQs.
Your dishwasher’s drainage pipe might be blocked, which would stop your appliance from filling with water. Before you do anything, turn your dishwasher off and look for the drain – double check your owner’s manual if you can’t find it. Unscrew the drain catch, take the filter out and remove anything that’s causing a blockage. Once you’ve cleared it out, put the filter back, screw the catch in and try using your dishwasher again.
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Your dishwasher’s filter will most likely be clogged up with bits of leftover food. You’ll need to take out the filter and give it a good clean. Check out our handy video for more tips on how to unblock your dishwasher.
Check that your dishwasher door is shut properly. Most dishwashers won’t fill with water if your door is not shut properly. Another reason might be due to the drain being clogged with old bits of food, so check with your manual on how to clean the drain filter.
This is usually because the filter is blocked or clogged up. You’ll need to take it out from the bottom of your machine and give it a good clean. This also might be down to your dishwasher being dirty. Dishwashers need to be cleaned and looked after to work at their best.
This will probably be down to bits of leftover food from your dishes and pans. You just need to give the inside of your dishwasher a good clean. Remember to wash out the filter and remove any blockages too.
The dishwasher drain hose will be connected to the U bend pipe under the sink, so you’ll hear a noise when it drains.
Dishwashers are mighty appliances, but sometimes they need a good clean and a little care themselves to keep working at their best.
You might not be putting the dishwasher on the correct cycle or temperature setting.
This can happen in hard water areas; make sure you’ve set the machine up as per the instruction manual and always keep the salt topped up.
This can depend on the model. Basic dishwashers will never completely dry your dishes, but more high-end models have the technology to make sure your dishes are dry when you take them out, even with plastics.
You’ll have to contact your manufacturer to solve this issue.