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Dishwasher Repair

Dishwashers are the most commonly used electronic appliances in homes, hotels, restaurants and eateries.  This is also why; dishwasher repair services are the most sought after repair services. Dishwashers, if operated with basic concern for their nature, will endure for many years without complaints. Their nature is that you can’t expect them to gorge on heavy leavings of food and operate flawlessly. They have only a limited appetite for food. Their grinding mechanism is small and easily overcome by particles of bones, glass, and other debris. You will understand that paper clips, rubber bands, and other accidental refuse will be even less digestible. Though some manufacturers claim their machines have heavy scrubbing talents, tempting you to throw in a pot loaded with burned cheese, beans, and other debris, the facts are against such rhetoric and optimism behavior. If you continue, you may have to call in a dishwasher repair technician.

Too much debris will clog the pumping system, which lacks the capacity of the clothes washer to disgorge itself of a truant sock. The motor, below the washing cavity, is well protected from the destructive water above it, but not entirely so. A gasket, plus an auxiliary cover keeps the water out. But the gasket can wear out, ruining the motor. If you catch the first sign of a leak, you can prevent this from further damage and a more costly dishwasher repair. The first leak, however, isn’t likely to be the gasket above the motor, but rather the more commonplace gasket that you see every time you do the dishes. That’s the lid gasket, which needs replacement about every five years or less. This gasket is easily replaced. It simply pulls out of its channel. Sometimes it leaks because corrosion builds up on it. The cure is to scrape it off.

However, the usual trouble is that something gets caught in the grinding mechanism below the impeller or drain pump inlet, at the bottom of the cavity. Water won’t drain out property. The mechanism clogs and the motor itself may refuse to turn. If it is inadequately protected, it can burn out. This dire situation isn’t likely to be caused by food particles, but rather by foreign material such as a rubber band. Such “foreign material” is all too common, since rubber bands are common kitchen currency. To get at this problem requires that you remove everything above the bottom area. This operation will vary with the type of machine. You could always consult an appliance repair company, who has the requisite knowledge for dishwasher repairs.

If you feel that you need to have someone repair your dishwasher, call or text Mike at 207-619-3888 and we will have a dishwasher repair person contact you promptly to assist you with your problem. Our customers are our greatest asset and your recommendation to your friends is you’re your greatest compliment to us. We are more than happy to answer any questions about dishwasher repairs that you might have. Even for the “do-it-yourselfers”.

How a Dishwasher Works

A dishwasher combines water with detergent, heats the mixture and sprays it against the dishes. It pumps out the dirty water and then rinses the dishes with clean water mixed with a rinse agent. After pumping out the rinse water, the dishes are dried by either heating or air drying them. The selector switch allows you to pick a variety of cycles which vary the length of wash, water temperature and drying temperature.

When the door latch is closed, the door switch is engaged and allows the dishwasher to operate. Based upon the chosen cycle, the selector switch signals the various components to operate at the appropriate stage of the cycle. The timer regulates the length of each stage of a cycle.
The water inlet valve fills the tub with water. A float in the tub prevents the dishwasher from overfilling. Either the float or the timer signals the inlet valve to close. The detergent is then released into the tub. In many dishwashers the mixture is heated with an electric heating element. Water that is not warm enough results in poor cleansing.

The motor turns a pump which forces the water up through the spray arms and spray tower (if any). The pressure of the water causes the arms to turn.
Some dishwashers have a two-way motor. When it turns in one direction, it pumps the water through the spray arms. When it turns the other way, it pumps the water out through the drain. If the motor only turns in one direction, then an actuator moves to channel the water either to the spray arms or to the drain.

After the detergent cycle is complete the dishes are rinsed. If the dishwasher has a rinse agent feature, the rinse agent is added to the rinse water.
Once the rinse cycle has completed and the water has been pumped out, the dishes are dried. A electric heating element heats the interior of the dishwasher. Some dishwashers also have fan to circulate the air. A thermostat prevents the dishwasher from overheating.
Some dishwashers employ soil sensors to monitor the clarity of the wash water. When the water becomes clear, the sensor signals the control timer to advance to the next cycle.

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