I need to know how to fix a Whirlpool dishwasher.
There was a recall for Whirlpool and Kitchenaid dishwashers in 2011 because of fires.
For a dishwasher to catch fire is quite an accomplishment. If it sprays water but seems to miss a section, check the spray arms do not have pieces of corn or vegetables stuck in the nozzles. If the whole spray level is inadequate, check the water pressure the unit gets or that the spray arms do not have a leak.
It is a dishwasher; it is supposed to leak water. Well, spray it. If the arms have a crack or rust in the connections, water spills into the bottom of the dishwasher while the dishes do not get as clean.
I put detergent in there, so it ought to be clean. If the tablet drawer is not releasing the detergent, check that the ribbon cables in the door are not broken. If it is releasing detergent too late in the cycle, the control board is on the fritz. Control boards are expensive to replace, if that’s the cause.
I put a lot of detergent in there, but it seems not to get clean. Before you assume the dishwasher is broken, make sure you are not putting in too much detergent such that it cannot clear all of it away.
You might get better results by using less detergent and more rinse agent.
I use those packets with pre-measured dish washer detergent and rinse agents.
Set it to a longer wash cycle and use hot water; the thing simply may not clean a heavy load in a short cycle and need hot water to get all the detergent.
I’m not sure it is putting enough water in the unit when it runs. If the dishwasher is not filling up with water, I’d say the water fill valve is not opening up right. If it is open but it does not give enough water to fill the thing up, the valve needs to be replaced.
What else could I do? Make sure you put it on heat dry to thoroughly sterilize things. I wonder if it is draining too soon in the cycle.
I cannot help it if your toddler walks up and hits the start resume button too often.
It would be rather simple to set the control lock so the kids could not accidentally ruin your settings. I think it is not getting enough, or any water at all. If the inlet valve seems fine, I suggest checking the flow meter or pressure switch.
I do not even know where those are, so I’d call in a pro to fix those.