Your dishwasher is one of the most convenient appliances in your kitchen.
Not only can it save you the time and hassle of washing your dishes by hand, but most dishwasher cycles are even more energy and water efficient, which can save you money on your utility bills.
Below, we’ll be taking a look at some basic troubleshooting tips and how to look for broken parts or components on your Viking dishwasher.
If you’re dealing with a dishwasher that fails to drain, you’re most often dealing with a clogged strainer basket, drain pipe, or a faulty water pump.
Depending on the model of your Viking dishwasher, you may need to remove the bottom panel to access the drain pump.
To do this, start by removing your dish trays and unscrewing any screws that may be holding the bottom panel in place.
Then, once you’ve removed this access panel, you’ll be able to look for indications of what’s causing your problem.
Although it may be difficult to know if you have a clog inside your drain pipes, start by looking around to see if there’s anything blocking the strainer basket, or drain opening.
If there’s any food or garbage blocking the strainer or drain, try to remove the obstruction. Then, put everything back together, and run a test cycle to see if you’ve resolved the issue.
To remove dirty dish water, your Viking dishwasher has a built in drain pump.
When this pump either becomes faulty or becomes clogged, it will often result in a dishwasher that fails to drain after a wash cycle.
With the bottom access panel removed, visually inspect the pump for any signs of damage.
Many times, the pump housing may crack or splits, which will prevent it from functioning properly, or if the pump has burnt out, you may be able to smell a burnt odor coming from its location.
At the same time, you’re going to want to inspect your drain hose for any signs of damage.
If, for example, a drain hose has become twisted or kinked, it may not allow the appliance to drain properly.
Alternately, you may also have a clog somewhere inside one of your drain hoses.
In this case, you can try to dislodge to blockage with a wire coat hanger, or if needed, you can try using a plumbing snake, which can be purchased at your local hardware store.
Before inspecting or attempting to repair any wiring issues, it’s vital that you make sure the appliance is unplugged and disconnected from any live power sources.
Once the unit has been powered off properly, you can try inspecting the pump housing and any wiring for signs of damage. If the unit experienced a short, there’s a chance that you might be able to see signs of burning wherever the short occurred.
However, dealing with electrical wiring can be dangerous, and should always be left to a professional appliance repair technician, who can quickly and easily get your dishwasher diagnosed and repaired in no time.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be cleaning properly, it’s most often caused by overloading the appliance.
However, it’s also possible for this issue to be caused by a faulty component, such as the unit’s upper or lower spray arms.
As their name implies, the spray arms are the components that spray water and detergent onto your dishes during a wash cycle.
If the spray arms aren’t rotating properly, or they’re clogged and not spraying with enough pressure, you might run into dishes that are still dirty after running a wash cycle.
If you see any signs of damage on your unit’s spray arms, you’ll most likely need to replace them.
Fortunately, replacing a broken spray arm is inexpensive, and can easily be done by yourself, so long as you take the time to take it apart properly.
Don’t hesitate to contact a local appliance repair company for help locating the right parts for your make and model.
If your unit’s water inlet filter is clogged, it may result in reduced water pressure, which will likely prevent your dishes from being cleaned effectively.
If you inspect the filter and it’s visibly clogged and dirty, you can try cleaning it to remove the obstruction.
But in most cases, it’s a better idea to simply replace the filter with a new one.
There’s nothing worse than a leaky appliance!
But on the brighter side, most leaks are only caused by minor problems, which can usually be resolved on your own.
Once again, you’ll want to start by removing your bottom access panel to inspect your pump, water supply, and drain hoses for any signs of leaks.
If any of these components are cracked, broken, or leaking, you’ll obviously need to have them replaced before you’ll be able to use your appliance without any leakage.
The unit’s door has a seal or gasket, which prevents water from leaking out while the unit is in use. However, over time, it’s not uncommon for a dishwasher’s door seal to wear out, which may result in leakage.
The door seal is made of soft rubber. So if you can see that the door seal is hardened, cracked, broken, or missing in any spots, this is likely what’s causing your leak.
Fortunately, replacing a faulty door seal is about as easy as removing the old one, and re-installing the new one in its place. Just make sure to purchase the correct door seal for your specific make and model of dishwasher.
Finally, there are many other parts and components that may be broken or cracked, resultings in your leak.
The water inlet filter is one such component which we often find with cracks or splits.
While it may be easy to find where your leak is coming from, replacing certain components, such as your water inlet filter housing, should only be done by a trained appliance repair professional.
So if you’re dealing with a malfunctioning dishwasher, or any other make or model of home appliance, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact Viking Appliance Pros today!