Dishwasher Will Not Fill With Water

Picture this if you will, you get a load ready for the dishwasher everything seems fine. The power is one the detergent drawer is fine the sounds of a working machine echo faintly and you close the door. The timer goes down and after a while, you go back to get your now clean pots out of the dishwasher.

Only you find them exactly the same, the machine still as power so that’s not the problem. The pots haven’t been washed at all they are all still dry and as you inspect the machine more closely you notice everything is dry. There’s not a trace of water anywhere so your dishwasher didn’t even fill with water, did it?

This is a more unusual problem and unlike some more common issues finding out the cause can be decidedly more difficult. We can help you, but remember for more complex problems your best option is to call in a professional dishwasher repair company, one small misstep can turn a small problem into a big one.

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The Water Inlet Valve

One of the most common causes of this problem is the water inlet valve, this is an important component in a dishwasher but also one that is susceptible to a variety of problems. The water inlet valves job is to ensure your dishwasher gets the right balance of hot water.

If the valve doesn’t have sufficient water pressure or power going to it, it will not operate correctly. Insufficient power could be caused by a number of issues (which we will look at below) but if everything seems fine then the valve may be defective and need replacing.

If you have your own multi-meter and are experienced enough you can carry out your own electric checks. However, it’s strongly recommended that you call in a dishwasher repair technician to handle any issues like this for you.

The Timer

Whether it’s a more advanced control panel or an old-fashioned dial your timer can have a knock-on effect when it comes to almost anything in your dishwasher. Your timer could simply not be receiving enough power, or it could be a more complicated wiring issue.

If you have a more modern dishwasher, then it may even display an error code alerting you to the problem beforehand. But if you suspect a problem with the timer you should call in a Repair Aid engineer to examine it for you.

The Dishwasher Door

Your dishwasher’s door might seem perfectly fine when you examine it but on closer inspection, you might notice it’s not actually closing as it should. Or the problem might be internal, and you might not notice it at all, but have simply exhausted other options. So, if there’s a problem with the door what does it mean exactly?

Well if the door switch isn’t registering properly then your dishwasher will not fill with water, the door switches location can vary from model to model, but it is usually at the top of the dishwasher’s door. You can examine this to check for noticeable damage but in the majority of cases, the problem will likely be internal so it’s best to call in a professional.

The Float

Since it’s the float that essentially controls the water flow in a dishwasher it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that any issues with your dishwasher not filling with water will likely be related to it in some way. The float is found at the bottom of your dishwasher’s tub and is supposed to stop your dishwasher from overflowing.

However, if it malfunctions in some way it can stop your dishwasher from filling with water at all! If food waste or any other debris is blocking the float it won’t be able to move which could cause your dishwasher to not till with water, so examine it closely.

You will also want to check out the float switch which is beneath the tub of the dishwasher. The float switch as a number of important jobs and it’s connected to the water inlet valve as well. You should call in our repair engineers to check if the switch is working properly and still functioning as it could be damaged internally or there could be a wiring issue.

Having a dishwasher that refuses to fill with water can be a perplexing problem but also one that is thankfully easy to solve when you’re working with an experienced professional. Because it’s a more complex issue you likely won’t be able to fix this one on your own, but we can help you identify the problem which will help you get it fixed more quickly.

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