West Coast Chief specializes in dishwasher repairs. Whether your dishwashing appliance doesn’t clean, turn on, or latch properly, call the local Los Angeles appliance repair company at West Coast Chief to fix it. Whether it’s a Maytag, Whirlpool, or Kitchenaid dishwasher repair you need or a GE, Meile, or Bosch dishwasher service we will be there for you.
We provide same day service for LA residents, for both your home or business. We have been in business for over 25 years, providing quality work and excellent customer service. We honor all extended manufacturer warranties as well as provide a 30-day labor warranty and a 90-day parts warranty ensuring your peace of mind.
Do not hesitate to call or contact us to schedule your appointment! You can trust our professionally trained and licensed repair technicians to fix washers of any brand or model.
Common Broken Dishwasher Symptoms
Diagnosing and repairing dishwasher problems can be time-consuming and complex. Understanding how the different areas of how a dishwasher works helps pinpoint the issue, but you should leave it up to an expert to come and fix or replace the parts needed to get it back to being fully operational. All dishwashers follow the same principles but different manufacturers have different approaches. Mending a Kitchenaid dishwasher or a Maytag might require a different approach than a GE or Whirlpool.
Here are some common dishwasher problems homeowners typically experience:
Noise coming from the machine caused by rattles from a pump or motor bushings or even a worn down washer arm bearing. Common problems include:
- Defective pump.
- Worn or broken upper or lower spray arm seal.
- Loose, broken or worn down wash arm bearing ring.
Leaking can occur due to a worn out pump or door seals that help keep water contained within the machine. Another reason for a leaky dishwasher could be a failed water inlet valve.
Units that do not start may have issues with the door latch switches, electronic controls of the machine, the timer mechanisms, thermal fuses or motor relays. Common problems include:
- Thermal Fuse failure.
- Malfunctioning Start Relay.
- The Drive Motor may need replacing.
- Defective Cycle Selector Switch.
- Timer or Electronic Controls may have faulty circuit boards.
- Door Latch or Latch Switch preventing the unit from closing properly.
Doors that do not latch to the unit are caused by a worn down latch or a faulty electric circuit found in the door switch. These problems will prevent the dishwasher from working or can potentially cause a leak and flood water across the kitchen floor.
Inefficient Cleaning or draining.
Dishes that do not get cleaned properly are caused by parts such as the spray arms delivering low water pressure, the upper discharge housing gasket becoming loose over time or building residue that needs to be cleared. Some common problems are:
- Clogged or damaged self-cleaning filters.
- Broken heating element that produces the hot water.
- Loose or cracked docking station and flappers.
- Breaks in the plastic coating on the racking.
- The housing gasket becoming loose or needing replacement.
- Clogged or dirty detergent dispenser.
- Ill-fitted, loose or cracked wash spinner.
- The food chopper is damaged and is not chopping food into tiny particles.
- The water inlet valve is not introducing the correct water level or water at all.
- Low water pressure from the spray arms caused by obstructions, cracks or plugged holes.
Dishwashers that don’t drain water efficiently or at all, are typically caused by the drain pump motor, timer, and drain hose. Some common problems are:
- Faulty timer controller.
- Restriction to the check valve flapper.
- Lack of power to the pump motor.
- The drain hose is restricted or has developed a kink.
- Obstruction is found to the input and output of the drain pump.
- The piston and nut assembly in the drain sump does not form a tight seal and don’t pump water out properly.
If your dishwasher is not filling with water, the first step to take is to check the water supply is entering the dishwasher, being restricted by an object, or not enough water is being distributed into your machine. Some common problems are:
- Not enough water pressure for the water inlet valve
- Not enough power for the water inlet valve
- The float or float switch is malfunctioning
- The door switch is faulty
Clogging or Blockages,
Detergent and rinse dispensers often get clogged up and prevent the release of detergent into your dishwasher machine. This is the most common problem. However, if it’s not clogged, here are some other common problems:
- A cracked rubber gasket.
- The spring that holds the dishwasher detergent is broken.
- The timer is not triggering the release of soap at the right time.
Dishes that do not dry properly are typically caused by faulty heating elements or other parts related to the drying process of your dishwasher. Here are some common problems:
- A malfunctioning heating element.
- A faulty high limit thermostat shutting the heat off before the end of the drying cycle.
Regardless of what symptoms your dishwasher has, you can rely on the local professional repairmen at West Coast Chief Repair to fix your dishwashing machine.
Signs You Need a Dishwasher Repair.
Dishwashers save time and make daily life more convenient. Significant reductions in the effort required to clean dirty dishes help households with children, where dishes pile up quite rapidly. Broken or malfunctioning dishwashers can disrupt your daily routine. In today’s high-speed social environment, many people don’t have the scheduling leeway to accept this type of ongoing time loss.
Dishwashers are complex appliances that contain numerous moving parts. In the best of circumstances, some of these parts will eventually fail. Common telltale indications include:
- Failure to adequately clean or dry
- Loss of power.
- Incomplete cycle.
- Prolonged cycle.
Diagnosing Problems and Making Repairs.
Most serious problems affecting dishwashers have a wide array of possible causes:
- Broken thermostat.
- Damaged chopper blades (responsible for cutting up food particles left on your dishes).
- Worn-out fill valve.
- Damaged wiring.
- Failed wash motor.
- Door latch.
- Drain motor fail.
- Split door gaskets.
- Broken detergent dispenser.
Only a trained dishwasher technician should assess the possible problems avoiding unnecessary guesswork. Determination of any specific issues causing a machine to malfunction with accuracy takes experience. Trained technicians will choose the correct repair option for your situation. Trustworthy service and repair companies only employ staff who can work on all types of dishwashers, regardless of make and model.
Dishwasher Brands We Service.
At West Coast Chief Repair, our staff have decades of experience servicing and repairing built-in and portable dishwashers made by all manufacturers, including Frigidaire, Kitchenaid, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG.
Types of Dishwasher.
All dishwashers work in a similar basic principle. Any variation comes from the intended location or its projected load and frequency of use. Not all people have the same dishwashing needs or routines, and manufacturers have created a range of options for their customers. Common types of these appliances include:
The carcass of a kitchen unit forms the outer case of the dishwasher and the door resembles the rest of the units. Usually, they’re located in the kitchen near your sink, mounted beneath a countertop. Integration of the outlet pipe with the drainage system then avoids kinks and blockages.
This newer style features one or two pull-out drawers. Also, a permanent installation and integrated into your home’s plumbing system. The drawers are much smaller than the large compartments found in traditional dishwashers. The drawers can run independently and operate on different washing cycles. Efficient running is an option with a single drawer cycle.
The cold water supply feeds most dishwashers, although some people with solar heating use their free heated variety. The portable type uses a temporary attachment to the hot water. Wheels attached to the bottom of these appliances make them easy to move out of the way when not in use.
What’s in the Tablet?
When the dishwasher is turned on with the door shut you have a closed system. Delicate fingers and vulnerable eyes have some protection so the regulations on the chemicals allowed in dishwasher tablets are more relaxed. The environment inside a working dishwasher is quite caustic to break down the fats. Alkaline salts produce a high pH which facilitates the removal of dirt and stains. The simple liquid washing detergent that you use to clean dishes in the sink is very mild in comparison. The upshot of all this science stuff is that a dishwasher gets things cleaner than washing by hand.
Modern tablets are often manufactured in sections. Different categories of ingredient perform best at different delivery times so each section releases chemicals at a different rate. A wetting agent gets released first along with the big, fast-acting bulk detergents. Later, bleaches and enzymes remove stains and protein-based foodstuff that survived the initial onslaught. Corrosion inhibitors do their best to protect the delicate insides of your machine. Rinse aids get released last into the system to ensure any residue disappears.
The aggressive nature of the chemicals present in a dishwasher tablet means they can be very harmful. Children, especially, are vulnerable as there are many incidents reported each year of accidental ingestion of a dishwasher tablet. The tablet is corrosive so it can burn the esophagus and airways, often requiring reconstructive surgery. First aid, rinse affected area or give water/milk to drink if the tablet was swallowed. Do not induce vomiting, the chemicals will do further damage on the way back up. Seek medical attention. More information.
In the greater Los Angeles area, West Coast Chief has a well-deserved reputation for providing the pinnacle of dishwasher service and repair. We reinforce this reputation with a service guarantee that includes a 30-day warranty on all labor, as well as a replacement parts warranty that’s good for one full year.
We also specialize in rapid, courteous customer service. If you contact us before 12 noon, we can usually arrange a same-day appointment. No matter when you contact us, we will never charge you extra for traveling to your location, or for working unsociable hours. Call any one of our three locations today to make an appointment and learn how you can save $10.
Dishwasher Repair Service Guarantee.
We promise to arrive on time and ready to get the job done! You’ll be provided with a written estimate prior to any repair and our labor and parts always carry warranties.
Our technicians are well experienced and have many years of field work behind them. We offer same day service on most orders placed before Noon. There is no extra charge for evenings, weekends or holidays. We are always in your area, so there is no travel charge! Lastly, we only install brand new, factory recommended parts.
Home dishwashing machines used to be a perk only the wealthy had. Now with prices reasonable and sizes to fit every household they are an everyday convenience. While your dishwasher keeps your dishes sparkling clean, this does not clean the device itself. Here are some top cleaning tips courtesy of West Coast Chief Repair:
- START WITH THE RUBBER SEAL. So much dirt and debris can collect on the rubber seal around the door. Using an old toothbrush and warm soapy water, get into the grooves of your rubber seal.
- CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE DOOR. After cleaning your rubber seal, you may have stirred up a bit of gunk to rinse away from the inside of your door. Using a soft sponge and soapy water you can wipe away this debris.
- SCRUB THE INSIDE. The inside of your dishwasher can build up with grime over time. Use a soft abrasive cleaner to remove this dried on crud and it will keep your unit looking and smelling clean.
- CLEAN THE DRAIN. All the food particles that your dishwasher cleans away have to end up somewhere and some will end up in your drain. Clean these away to ensure efficient drainage and that you are not sending grime back onto the system.
- VINEGAR OR BAKING SODA. Run a short cycle using vinegar in a cup on the uppermost rack, or sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of the unit. This will remove greasy stains and odors.
Taking the time to provide TLC to your dishwasher will produce years of shining, clean dishes and prevent costly breakdowns.
Many people tackle home appliance repairs on their own to save money. Thanks to Youtube and ingenuity, many people perform successful DIY repairs on many home appliances. However, there’s at least one part of the dishwasher repair process you should not attempt at home. A malfunctioning timer is a job that only a professional should perform.
The timer controls a wide variety of your unit’s functions. It handles wash and rinse times, temperatures, and more. The timer itself is a complex component and requires trained hands to repair correctly. Trying repair a malfunctioning timer on your own can lead to further damage.
Recruiting a professional team, like West Coast Chief Repair, may be a cost that the DIYer doesn’t want. Yet, damage to the rest of the unit on top of a damaged timer can end up being a pricey endeavor.
Do-it-yourself home maintenance can be a great way to save money on simple fixes. For in-depth jobs make sure to use us professionals. Spending a little can save you a lot down the road.