Dishwasher On Strike? Two Troubleshooting Tips To Solve It

15 July 2019
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Owning a dishwasher is a huge time saver. If you have the space for one in your kitchen, it is definitely worth the investment. However, it can be anything but convenient when they malfunction. This guide goes over some troubleshooting tips to fix common dishwasher issues.

Dishwasher Won't Start

You hit the power button and the worst-case scenario happens – your dishwasher doesn't start. The first thing you should do is check that you shut the door correctly. If the door isn't shut completely, the appliance can't power on. Open and close the door and try again. If that doesn't help, follow the next steps to figure it out.

Power Supply

The power supply for the appliance should be firmly connected to a wall socket. Trace the cord from the appliance to the wall. If it is loose, push it back into place.

Breaker Box

Check the breaker box and make sure it hasn't flipped into the Off position. If it has, switch it back to On. Sometimes even if it isn't off, you can switch it off then on and it will work again.

Motor Relay

A defective motor relay in the dishwasher will cause it to not start. You can locate the relay using your owner's manual. Use a multimeter to test the relay and see if it is working correctly. If not, you will need to order a replacement part.

Dishwasher Is Leaking

A dishwasher that leaks can be a huge hassle. It can cause water damage in the surrounding area if you do not catch it in time. There are several places the dishwasher can leak from.


If you notice water leaking from the front of the appliance, it is usually due to a faulty door gasket. This gasket is rubber or vinyl that is designed to create a seal when the door is shut and the appliance is running. If it is faulty, the seal doesn't work and water leaks out.

Water Line

The water line is what carries the water into the dishwasher. When the line gets a hole in it, water will leak from the hole. Check the entire hose for any signs of damage. Replace it immediately if you notice holes or rips in the water line.


Take care of your dishwasher and it will last you a good amount of years. If you have issues that you cannot troubleshoot, contact a general contractor to help you with the repairs. 

For more information, contact an appliance repair company.