Troubleshooting a Malfunctioning Dishwasher

Mahon Plumbing Malfunctioning Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is struggling to drain there are some areas you can check before you call in the professionals.

Dishwashers are an amazing appliance that can save you a lot of time, pruned fingers, and counter space. Unfortunately, these wonderful machines are also prone to malfunctioning. Oftentimes these issues are minor and can be handled by a homeowner with a little bit of determination and know-how. Consider some simple checks on your malfunctioning dishwasher before calling in the professionals.

Check the Drain Basket

The drain basket, found at the bottom or side of your dishwasher, captures food and sometimes hardened detergent to prevent it from entering the drain. It’s important to clear this out every so often to keep the water from each cycle draining properly. If your dishwasher is draining slowly, check the basket. It can simply be pulled out, rinsed off, and reinserted.

Check the Drain Hose

The drain hose running from your dishwasher to the garbage disposal should be checked for kinks or buildup. Straighten it out if needed and check that the seal is still tight to make sure it isn’t leaking water back into the dishwasher.

Load Carefully

Every dishwasher has a manual that shows the best method for loading. It’s important to follow these instructions to ensure the longevity of your machine. Piling dishes in haphazardly can overload your dishwasher, causing secondary issues and leading to dishes that are not getting properly cleaned.


Listen to your dishwasher during cycles to get acquainted with normal cycle noises. If you hear unusual sounds, such as unusually loud humming or clicking, it may indicate a problem with the motor or drain pump.

Call in the Pros

If you’ve tried everything and the problem still isn’t resolved, it’s time to call in a professional plumbing service. Professionals can use their knowledge and experience to diagnose and correct the problem quickly and efficiently so you can get back to using your dishwasher without dealing with constant drainage issues.

Call Mahon Plumbing Today

If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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