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How to Tell If You Need a New Dishwasher

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

If your dishwasher isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be time to consider replacing it. Below, we’ve compiled some pointers to keep in mind if you aren’t sure whether you need a new dishwasher or whether your existing unit can be repaired at a fairly low cost.

Your Dishes Aren’t Hot

Anyone who owns a dishwasher has probably at some point had a few dishes come out a bit dirty. Failing to rinse excessively soiled plates or using the wrong type of soap can cause dishes to come out with a few stains or crumbs on them. Regardless, your dishes should always come out of your dishwasher piping hot. If this isn’t the case, then the heating coil or electric heater may be damaged. These parts are expensive to replace, which means you may be better off buying a new dishwasher.

You Notice Rust

Never ignore rust in and under your dishwasher. Rust flakes under your dishwasher are a warning sign that water is leaking into places it shouldn’t. In this case, you should immediately buy a new dishwater to avoid water damage that can be difficult and expensive to repair. You should also invest in a new dishwasher if plastic or metal in the machine is showing signs of corrosion.

You Hear Strange Noises

Never ignore strange noises coming from your dishwasher. In some instances, odd sounds can be caused by improperly loading dishes. However, in many cases, unusual dishwasher noise on an ongoing basis is caused by a failing motor. Replacing the unit in such instances is usually your only option.

Your Dishwasher is Old

If your dishwasher is more than eight to 10 years old, it is probably time to replace it. Below are a few reasons why replacing an old dishwasher is usually better than fixing an old one:

  • Your plumber may not be able to find important parts (such as replacement latches) for older units.

  • Older dishwashers use significantly more energy than newer, energy-efficient models.

  • New dishwashers are often quieter.

  • You never know when an old dishwasher will completely fail. In many cases, it will be at the most inconvenient time.

If you aren’t sure whether your dishwasher needs to be replaced, have a professional plumber assess the unit. Problems such as broken latches, cloudy dishes and even water leaks can be repaired by a savvy professional. Have an experienced plumber look at the unit as soon as possible to avoid further damage that may result in costly repairs or even the need to replace the dishwasher.

The Pink Plumber offers timely repair services and a 100 percent guarantee on all jobs. We use only the best equipment and donate a portion of all our profits to breast cancer research. Call The Pink Plumber today to get answers to your questions or schedule a visit at your convenience.

How to Make Your Dishwasher Quieter

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

When this trusty kitchen appliance is running properly, you can expect to hear certain sounds and noises, such as humming, swishing or hissing. But when does a noisy dishwasher signal a real problem? Here’s what you need to know about loud wash cycles and when it’s time to call a professional to inspect the problem.

Excess Food or Debris

Do you hear a grinding noise when your dishwasher runs? Sometimes a noisy dishwasher is easy to address, especially if the problem is a simple one. If your dishes have excess food or debris on them, it can clog up the appliance’s components. For example, seeds, popcorn or leftover bones can get trapped in the machinery, and simply removing the debris might quickly solve the issue.

Dish Racks and Rails

It isn’t uncommon for the dish racks to be pulled off the rails due to daily and frequent use. First, look at the racks and runners to make sure the racks are securely in place in the runners. If not, putting the dish racks back in the runners is a quick fix. Also, if the fasteners holding these parts together are loose, clanging sounds can result when the appliance is running through its cycles. Once tightened, the noise should stop. If not, it might be a good time to call a professional to troubleshoot the issue.

Unfastened Appliance

If your appliance leans forward when you open the door, it might need to be anchored to the cabinet or the counter. Dishwashers can become detached from the counter over time, or they may not have been anchored to the counter when your house was built. A thumping sound or other loud noise may be a sign that your dishwasher needs to be fastened to the cabinet, a job that is best performed by a professional.

Mechanical Problems

New dishwashers often make a squealing noise for the first few wash cycles. Usually, after running two or more cycles, the noise will stop. If your appliance is older, or if your noisy dishwasher persists, the motor may require repair or replacement. Dishwasher motors don’t last forever and when they wear out, they can cause a rattling sound when the appliance is operating. The pump, which is located close to the motor, may also be clogged. Food, bone shards or other debris may be clogging the pump, which can cause noisy dishwashers. It’s wise to call in a pro if you suspect mechanical issues are causing noisy wash cycles.

Water Hammer

Are banging noises common when your appliance runs? It might be water hammer, which happens when a valve suddenly shuts down water flow. The banging noise occurs because turning off the flow sends pressure through the water line and shocks the pipes, creating a hammering noise. Although you might be tempted to investigate the problem, it’s best to reach out to a plumber who can troubleshoot the issue and make necessary repairs. For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Dishwasher Problems: Plumbing and Your Dishwasher

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Dishwasher plumbing can be tricky – especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing the problem. Should you get a professional plumber, or try to deal with the problem yourself? Let’s take a look at several common dishwasher issues, and how you know when to make the call.

Problem #1: The dishwasher will not stop filling with water
One of the worst dishwasher problems occurs when it will not stop filling with water. Overflowing water can do serious damage to your floor and other nearby materials. Here the problem is often with the float switch, a plastic sphere or box near the base of the dishwasher that rises with the water level. Sometimes the float malfunctions – and needs to be replaced by a professional.

Problem #2: The dishwasher doesn’t fill with water
Here’s a quick tip – check a nearby sink to make sure that your hot water is working properly. Sometimes your hot water tank fails and the dishwasher cannot get any water at all. This problem may also be caused by problems with your float, or with valves that control the water flow in your system. You’ll need to have an experienced plumber take a look and see just where the problem is.

Problem #3: The dishwasher will not drain properly
There are two common causes for these types of dishwasher problems. The first is that there’s a clog in the strainer or air gap of your dishwasher. You should be able to tell this by the smell alone, but check your strainer or filter to make sure. Otherwise, the drain hose or drain valve may have malfunctioned – a more serious problem that will require a professional plumber.

Problem #4 The dishwasher isn’t cleaning dishes properly
Rule out obvious causes here like poor dish placement, the wrong kind of soap, hard water, and other common culprits. If you’ve tried everything and your dishes just aren’t getting cleaned, then the problem may be with water levels or circulation. Your float, sprayer arms, or valves may have been damaged – in older dishwashers, the heating element may have also failed. These require complex repairs, so give your plumber a call.

Problem #5 The dishwasher is leaking onto the floor
After grabbing some towels, call up your plumber, because you want this problem to get solved ASAP! Your dishwasher may be overflowing or have a problem with its door seals, which will need to be fixed. A leak from underneath the dishwasher can be caused by leaking drain hoses, your pump, or your water inlet valve. With so many different potential causes, it’s important to narrow down the cause as quickly as you can – which is why a professional inspection can be so useful for this problem.

Remember, for more information and answers to your questions, head over to the Pink Plumber!

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Dishwasher Backed Up? Get Expert Help!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

There’s nothing worse than a plumbing problem that leads to a wet, messy floor. If your dishwasher backed up and you’ve got water swirling higher and higher, we don’t need to tell you that you’ve got a serious problem on your hands. Don’t leave plumbing problems to chance, hoping they’ll just go away on their own. When your dishwasher has backed up, you need to know what to do while you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive as well as what to do so you can avoid experiencing a backed-up dishwasher again.


Unless you’re vigilant about rinsing dishes off before you put them in the dishwasher, it’s likely that food scraps and particles are making their way into the appliance. Over time, these particles can block the drain and cause the dishwasher to get backed up. However, other causes can contribute to the problem, too.

Before you call a plumber, there’s one thing you can try: Run the garbage disposal. In some homes, the drainwater from the appliance moves through the garbage disposal system. Turning it on will flush out any blockages and allow the movement of water through the system. Sometimes, if the dishwasher is backed up and the disposal is also full, water can accumulate in the dishwasher’s bottom.

If this tip doesn’t work, call a plumber, and sit tight. Don’t use the dishwasher until it’s fixed. You don’t want to risk a possible flood, do you?

Care and Maintenance

Early warning signs that your dishwasher plumbing is in trouble include small amounts of water backing up in the appliance. Keep an eye out for this problem by checking the bottom of the dishwasher for evidence of water. You can prevent problems like this by occasionally flushing out the drain. Combine a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water, and pour it on the dishwasher drain. The solution will take care of buildup that would otherwise block the drain.

Calling for Help

When dishwasher plumbing is problematic, it’s important to get expert help. One of the pipes might be blocked further down, which could lead to have your dishwasher backed up. Hire a service professional to

  • clean the air gap,
  • check connections,
  • clean the drain tube, and
  • check the home’s entire plumbing system.

If there’s a blockage in the plumbing, you’ll need a plumber with drain cameras to find the root of the problem, identify the cause—perhaps your pipes are corroded—and then offer effective solutions.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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