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Don't Let Your Summer Barbeque Plans Get Ruined By a Broken Dishwasher!

A Malfunctioning Dishwasher Can Make You Miss Out on the Backyard Festivities

Summer is the season of backyard barbeques, epic cookouts, and unforgettable parties. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. So the last thing anyone wants this summer is to have their dishwasher stop working - especially in the middle of a big get-together.

At best, a broken dishwasher means washing a mountain of dishes by hand and missing out on the festivities. At worst, it means the festivities come to an early end when the kitchen starts flooding. To help homeowners keep the party going, here’s a look at the most common dishwasher problems and how they can be avoided.

Common Problems With Dishwashers

dishwasherMost dishwashers don’t experience any issues until their age approaches the decade mark. But no dishwasher is immune to the effects of frequent use and neglect, so it’s good to keep an eye out for common problems.

If dirty water is sitting in the bottom of the dishwasher after every load, the filter or drain grate may be clogged with food particles. The issue may also be with the garbage disposal, as the two appliances share a drain. If the dishes don’t get clean, the sprayer arm may be clogged with debris.

A nasty smell may be caused by food buildup in the filter or mildew on the dishwasher walls. A water leak may be due to a worn or dirty door gasket or a loose drain hose. If the dishwasher won’t start or runs too long, the likely culprit is an electrical issue. Homeowners can solve some of these issues themselves, but others may require professional assistance.

How a Plumber Can Help


Most homeowners don’t think to call a plumber when an appliance like a dishwasher goes on the fritz, instead opting to contact the manufacturer or an appliance repair company. But professional plumbers are trained to handle any kind of kitchen plumbing problem - and dishwashers are very much a part of the kitchen plumbing system.

One advantage of hiring a plumber is their versatility. Not only are they equipped to solve a problem with the dishwasher itself, but if the underlying issue is with another aspect of the plumbing system (like a grease clog further down the drainpipe), they can fix that too.

Routine Maintenance Helps Prevent Problems

There are a few maintenance tasks every homeowner can perform to reduce the likelihood of dishwasher problems. These should be done once a month at least, but once every week or two is ideal. These work best if other smart dishwashing practices are being followed (putting grease in the trash bin instead of the drain, pre-rinsing dishes, not overloading the dish racks or detergent compartments, etc.).

Wiping down the dishwasher’s interior and the sprayer arm, door, and gasket will help prevent leaks, foul odors, and mildew buildup. This can be done with a dishrag and warm, slightly soapy water. Debris can be removed from the sprayer arm jets using a toothpick or small pipe cleaner. The filter at the bottom of the dishwasher should be removed (if possible) and thoroughly cleaned of any food buildup.

These are just a few general guidelines, but most dishwashers have specific maintenance requirements that are typically detailed in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

About RupCoe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

A family-owned local business, RupCoe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has been proud to serve South Plainfield, New Jersey, for over 30 years. Their licensed, insured, and background-checked technicians always arrive on time and get the job done right the first time. RupCoe provides up-front pricing and a total satisfaction guarantee on every job. Call RupCoe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today for kitchen plumbing services in South Plainfield.