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dishwasher plumbing problems and solutions

Lets face it: we put a lot of strain on our appliances. So why are we surprised when we have dishwasher plumbing problems?

We expect them to be there for us, day in and day out, long after the recommended lifespan. And we often fail to service our machines properly. We just go until we suddenly have dishwasher plumbing problems. And they never happen at a good time. And yet we know that eventually, everything wears down. Here is how to spot a problem before it becomes a fail.

3 common problems

  1. Dishwasher Plumbing Problems: Your dishwasher is noisy.
    How to fix it: Unless you have an ultra-quiet dishwasher, most dishwashers will make some noise.
    But if your once quiet dishwasher is now making a racket, you may have a problem.
    You could have a defective pump, or simply need to replace the wash arm seal or bearing ring. Another possibility?
    Your spray arms aren’t turning properly and may be hitting racks or dishes and need to be replaced.
  2. Dishwasher Plumbing Problems: Your dishwasher doesn’t clean well.
    How to fix it: A dishwasher that doesn’t clean dishes is hardly a dishwasher at all.
    Make sure that your dishwasher isn’t dirty to begin with, checking the strain screen, sprayer arms, and door gasket for food particles, grease, and other debris.
    Run a cleaning cycle using dishwasher cleaner and without dishes to see if it helps. You may also have low pressure from spray arms.
    If you have hard water, you may have buildup that should be cleaned off. Inspect the spray arm and ensure that it can move freely without obstruction. If it is worn, replace it.
    Another problem could be the upper discharge housing gasket, whether it is loose or needs to be replaced. And of course, you may need a higher quality of detergent, or your detergent is too old from sitting in a cabinet longer than three months.

halifax dishwasher plumbing problems

Leaks, Leaky, Leaking

3.Dishwasher Plumbing Problems: Your dishwasher is leaking.
How to fix it: This is one of the most dreaded dishwasher problems, and can even cause serious damage to your home.
First, check the drainage hose for cracks and other damage, as well as the gaskets in the heating element.
A leaking dishwasher is another problem that can be caused by a defective pump or pump seal.
Consider changing out the seal, or if necessary, replace the pump. But before you do that, take a look at the door gasket.
If it has become brittle or looks like it’s not sealing properly, replace it to see if you can get a better fit.

the solution

If you are having dishwasher plumbing problems, then we are Best Master Plumbers serving Halifax, Dartmouth and the Regional Municipality.
No matter what your plumbing problem, you can save money and time by having one of our certified professional plumbers inspect your plumbing.
Call us at 902 702 8772, or visit us at, and sleep tight tonight.