Calling out a dishwasher repair engineer will at least cost you a callout charge. Listed below are a few common problems that you can easily fix for yourself and save some money.
The dishwasher will not start or not filling with water.
Make sure that the power supply is on, checking the fuse or circuit breaker is OK, and the unit is plugged in.
Is the water supply valve fully turned to on?
Ensure the door is fully closed as there is a switch attached, in the case of a top loader turn the machine on within a few seconds of closing.
Check the Delay Start or Control Lock options on the display panel.
Clean under the float assembly for dirt or grime, this is located at the bottom of the dishwasher and should be able to be moved up and down freely.
The door will not stay closed.
If your dishwasher is new, then you may have to push the door closed firmly until the rubber door gasket softens with use.
Check the obvious, nothing blocking door for example pot handles or other items.
Check the rubber seal around the door (gasket), make sure it is clean and allows the door to close.
Make sure the racks are facing the correct way and not obstructing the door.
Is the dishwasher unit level, both up and down as well as side to side?
The dishwasher is not draining.
Make sure the drain hose is not blocked or kinked.
If you have an air gap in your dishwasher, located on the countertop level with your faucet, lift off the cover and unscrew the cap then clean off any dirt.
The Dishwasher is leaking.
Make sure the door is fully closed.
Ensure the dishwasher unit is level, both up and down as well as side to side.
Run the dishwasher without detergent to make sure the problem is not due to using too much detergent.
The rinse agent dispenser may need adjusting to a lower setting to make sure that there is not too much rinse agent dispensed.
If the dishwasher is still not working correctly, then check out our Blog for further tips before calling out an engineer.