Get Better Dishwasher Repairs – The Guide to Diagnosing Your Dishwasher

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“Do you repair such-and-such dishwashers?”

We get that question almost every day as some people think that we’ll be surprised at the dishwashers we encounter when we come for a repair. At this stage, other than one single very unusual instance, we’re not surprised by anything we see. We handle all makes and models of dishwashers, including the very brand you have in your home right now.

We do high-end dishwashers like Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux, and Bertazzoni dishwasher repairs. We handle the everyday brands like GE, Kenmore, Maytag, and KitchenAid. We have extensive experience in Asko, Bosch dishwashers, and Miele. There are even a few brands that you’ve never heard of before, like Fagor, Kucht, and Thor Kitchen.

The fact is that we need to know the models because we do our dishwasher repairs in Toronto, we have to come prepared to handle anything. And at this stage, we’ve seen all possible kitchen appliance repairs.

Most Common Dishwasher Issues

Are your dishes still dirty from when you turned on your dishwasher from overnight? Unless you have magic elves that replace all your clean dishes with dirty ones (and that only happens like 20% of the time, in our experience), you might have just a minor issue.

Items like dish soap dispensers and door seals can dramatically impact the effectiveness of your dishwasher. But they require very little effort or cash to fix.

How about excessive bubbles and little puddles on the floor? These are also common signs that your dishwasher isn’t up to scratch and should be looked at. If your dishwasher starts making excessive noises or loud clangs and bangs, that shouldn’t be normal use. Let us know what you’re encountering, and we can let you know what our assessment is right over the phone. Sometimes, we might even be able to solve it for you without coming out for a repair.  

Streaky dishes, residue build-up or unused soap in the dispenser are also signs that you need to examine your dishwasher and contact the repair experts.  

Before Calling the Experts, Try This

But before you need to call us, there are some steps you can take.

Soap Dispenser Not Working?
If you find that your soap, either the powder, liquid, or capsule you use, isn’t fully used up in the normal cycle of the dishwasher, that could be a sign that your dispenser needs to be adjusted. The dispenser releases the soap at the appropriate time in the cycle.

Your dishwasher is saying “Go! Go! Go!” but that faulty dispenser is saying “Meh, when I’m ready…”. Your dirty dishes are the ones that suffer. You can clean out the soap gunk in the latch and reset the spring in the dispenser, allowing it to come out much easier and at the appropriate time.

Too Much Water In The Bottom?

If you find that you have too much water in the bottom of your dishwasher, that’s an easy fix that you can do in 5 minutes. But if you leave it, it could spill water outside of the appliance and cause nasty damage to the kitchen flooring.

Remove your bottom tray for better access. No, don’t throw it away! You need that later. You’ll see what looks like an upside-down basket. That filter helps bigger particles stay out of the drain. It gets clogged with grease and food, so every once in a while, take it out, rinse it and clean it, and put it back. You should no issues after a thorough cleaning.

Leaky Dishwasher?

If you still have some puddles after a cycle is complete, that could be due to an old gasket with an improper seal. You can absolutely do this repair at home, and it feels good to remove that old rubber seal and replace it with a new, shiny, well-fitted gasket.  

The range of dishwashers on the market can vary from an El Cheapo that you found on Kijiji from a dodgy seller with a suspect background all the way up to the top-tier dishwashers that practically plate up your food for you.

Once we can determine the cost of the repair, we can weigh in on whether it’s worth it to complete the job. Allow us to do an estimate on your dishwasher repair and we’ll clear up the price discrepancy and whether it’s convenient to simply replace the unit altogether.

Routine Dishwasher Maintenance

Regular care is the best way to avoid a nasty bill or an expensive replacement. Try some of these tips to look after your dishwasher BEFORE you need to call us.

Use A Dishwasher Cleaner Every 6 Months
At least twice a year, we’d suggest that you run a special dishwasher cleaning product through the dishwasher in an empty cycle. This is going to clean off the residue and build-up that develops over time. You should also notice a severe difference in the cleanliness of your dishes after one of these empty runs.
Don’t want to buy a special cleaner? Sure, that’s fine. Use a cup of vinegar in an empty load to achieve the same result.  

Check Racks for Busted Rollers
Pull out your racks and check the rollers and tracks for signs of wear. That’s going to keep them functioning much longer and let you prevent any crashes or spills with your dishes inside the appliance.

Clean Your Seals

Use a clean rag with vinegar and hot water to run along the seals on the door. This will help you examine the seal as well as remove any build-up that may cause a bad seal when closed.

Clear The Spray Arm

Your spray arm is prone to build up gunk, especially if you have hard water deposits. Remove it and scrub it with a brush, cleaning out all the nozzles to get better water spray.


Maybe the best maintenance you can do would be to buy a new dishwasher? Hear us out. New units are designed to be more economical, quieter, and reduce your energy usage. That savings could make the purchase worthwhile in the long run compared to a beat-up dishwasher that needs constant attention. Maybe to prevent any big bills in the future, an investment of a new dishwasher could save you energy and money in the long run.

Common Dishwasher Replacement Parts

Whether you need parts or accessories, there is a lot you can do on your own with some brand-name parts for your dishwasher. That includes:

  • Drip pans
  • Hoses
  • Water fittings
  • Repair kits
  • Replacement wheels
  • Door gaskets
  • Silverware baskets
  • Filters
  • Spray arms

Dishwasher FAQs

How often should I clean my dishwasher?

It depends on your area and water supply lines. We recommend every 6 months, but if you have hard water in your area, it could be every 2 months to prevent too much build-up and deposits.

Why are my dishes spotty?

This often isn’t a dishwasher error, but an issue with the water. Try a rinse aid with your regular wash to see if that clears it up.

Why aren’t my dishes dry?

This could be a heating element issue and requires a professional to examine in more detail.

Can I fix my dishwasher?

Yes. Many times, yes.  Small issues should absolutely be handled by you. If regular maintenance and minor fixes can be handled by you, you won’t need an emergency dishwasher repair in Toronto any time soon.

When should I call a professional dishwasher repair?

Think about how your dishwasher requires power and water. Complications can arise that require special skills outside of the range of an everyday handyman. Call the professionals if you need help on your dishwasher model if it’s electrical or plumbing related. If you’re not sure, call us today and we can assess the situation over the phone before we even do a call-out to look at your fault.

Ready to talk to the experts about your dishwasher repair? Contact us below to speak to an agent ready and waiting to hear from you. We service dishwasher repairs all over Toronto, and we can handle your make and model. Contact us to book a certified technician with an ironclad warranty and guarantee backing up your repairs. Call us today!

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