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Message from the RepairGuru®
Welcome to the December 2006 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter.
The holiday season is in full swing and whether you are celebrating Bodhi
Day, Christmas, Eid-ul Adha, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, all of these celebrations
are about food and families. Yet it's a harsh reality that after everyone
has enjoyed the festivities and holiday feasts, someone is always left
with the dishes. So, this month, Ryan Huntley, a RepairGuru at RepairClinic.com
has some helpful hints on how to keep those dishwashers running smoothly.
Ryan Huntley Comes Clean on Dishwasher Maintenance
If you've ever
picked up a part at the RepairClinic.com retail store in Canton, Michigan
(please drop by!) you might have been greeted by Ryan. Ryan divides his
time between answering customer email questions and helping to run the retail
counter. Meeting and helping our customers troubleshoot their appliances
is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a RepairGuru, says Ryan.
Ryan spent time thinking about the types of questions our customers most
frequently have about their dishwashers; and he offers these solutions as
some of the most common and helpful.
What are the most important things to check if the dishes aren't getting
The first thing you need to check when troubleshooting a dishwasher is to
make sure the machine is getting enough water and that it is heated properly.
Without enough water the wash arms won't rotate, the cycle will take longer,
there could be spots or grit left on the dishes, and, on some older models,
the soap dispenser won't open. The fill cycle for most dishwashers is timed,
so if there is sediment build-up in the water inlet valve, you will not
get enough water in the machine. You can easily check for a low fill problem
by adding a large bowl of water during the fill cycle. If the dishwasher
works properly after adding the water, you have confirmed the source of
the problem. Also, make sure your unit isn't draining while washing (something
may be caught in the drain or drain valve), then check to be sure there
is adequate water flow to the water inlet valve underneath the dishwasher.
If the valve is not letting enough water into the dishwasher, the water
inlet valve will most likely need to be replaced.
What dishwasher problem is often incorrectly diagnosed?
Water temperature can be a tricky problem. When the wash cycle takes longer
than expected, customers often think the timer is bad. However, the most
common cause is actually due to cold water filling the dishwasher. Many
dishwashers heat the wash and/or rinse water to a higher temperature than
the household water supply provides in these cycles. The dishwasher pauses
after it has filled with water while the heating element heats the water
to a pre-set temperature. Our advice: it helps to run hot water in the kitchen
sink prior to starting the dishwasher to make sure your fill water is warm
enough. Additionally, if the water isn't being heated properly, the cycle
can be delayed or stopped. This can be caused by a defective heating element
Three Tips to Try This Month
Clean Filters Make for a More Efficient Dishwasher
Filters protect the pump and motor seals
- Many dishwashers have a filter located under the spray arm, near the
bottom of the appliance. The filter can get clogged with sediment from
hard water, food residue, or even detergent build-up. It is important
to check the condition of the filter to make sure it is in-tact, has no
holes in the screen and is free of debris. If the filter has been damaged
you can purchase an inexpensive replacement.
The Dish Rack is Rusting where the Tines Broke
The plastic coating can wear off - Eventually
the plastic coating on the tines of the dish racks can wear off, leading
to corrosion and rusting of the exposed metal. Dishwasher owners also
might find a broken tine from trying to jam a dish that doesn't quite
fit into the slots. It is important to sand down any rusty parts and fix
the surface with a dish rack repair kit. If left unchecked, the rust particles
can ruin the pump seals, requiring an expensive repair. Both of these
problems can be solved by either replacing the entire dish
rack or by visiting our Dishwasher Accessories Section for
rack repair kit.
The Dishes Aren't Getting Clean Enough
Debris in the spray arm can cause cleaning
problems - There
might be several different types of spray arms in your dishwasher. It
might have tall spray tube mounted in the center bottom of the dishwasher,
or there might be one located directly beneath or above the upper dish
rack. These spray arms distribute water from tiny holes which, if blocked
by food or debris, can cause poor water circulation and inadequate cleaning
of the dishes. Inspect the spray arm holes and clean out any debris to
ensure proper cleaning.
Announcing the Winners
of the RepairClinic.com Millionth Customer Celebration Give-Away
of the (3) $1,000 Gift Certificates:
|| Larry H.
Hemet, California is a repeat customer of RepairClinic.com having
purchased parts for his dryer and dishwasher. Larry said one really
great feature on the site is being able to enter his appliance number
and then look at the schematic at a very detailed level.
"It really helped me understand the problem." He plans on
using the $1,000 Frigidaire gift certificate to purchase a new refrigerator.
Heights, OH became a customer of RepairClinic.com in 2003 when he
purchased a range/oven door switch and light bulbs. Nick and his wife
Rene have yet to decide what Frigidaire appliance to buy with their
won as one of the RepairClinic.com's Millionth Customer Celebration
winners but they're thinking of buying a new smooth-top electric range.
G. - Moyock, NC ,
Karl is a DIY'er who first discovered RepairClinic.com in 2002 when
he needed to fix the defrosting unit on his 6 year old refrigerator.
Karl has purchased several additional parts for his refrigerator based
on his initial positive experience with RepairClinic.com.
said, "Since winning the Repairclinic.com Millionth customer
prize, my wife and I are debating on whether we should get a new dryer
or a beverage refrigerator. Maybe we'll get both."
The entire RepairClinic.com staff congratulates these three customers who
have placed their trust in us for their appliance parts and repair help
needs. We also thank each and every one of you for your continued support.
We look forward to announcing our 2 millionth customer sometime in the not-so-distant
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