Common Dishwasher Issues & Solutions

Here are some helpful solutions for the most common dishwasher problems.thumbnail_20140501090938_81354

Dishes still wet when they come out of the dishwasher

  • Make sure you load the dishes and crockery in the correct way so that the water can run off them freely.
  • Use a rinse aid such as Finish Jet Dry® to the rinse aid dispenser to get dryer dishes. Recommended #1 by dishwasher brands worldwide.
  • If this doesn’t work it could possibly mean that there is a faulty heating element. You would need to call an engineer. Call Premier Electrics on 0800 592107.

General poor cleaning from your dishwasher

  • Try to avoid using low quality detergent and detergent that is old or damp.
  • Put the right dose of detergent as recommended.
  • Allow the water to circulate by loading your dishes properly.
  • It could be a build-up of limescale and grease which is effecting the cleaning, try a dishwasher cleaner to see if it improves your washes.

Food around filter

  • Remove the filter and clean it.
  • Scrape all food off your dishes/plates before loading them.
  • Use the normal and auto wash cycle.

Cloudy glassware

  • glasswareFor people in hard water areas, get a hard water detergent booster to avoid limescale.
  • If your glasses have white streaks on them it could mean surface corrosion.
  • Avoid this by using low temperature.

Faded patterns on plates

  • Use a detergent with an anti-corrosion protector in.
  • Run low temperature cycles, or if it says it is not dishwasher safe wash items by hand.

Detergent residues at end of cycle

  • Check door of dosing chamber is not blocked by bulky dishes or large utensils.
  • A damp dosing chamber can cause tablets and powder to stick.

Spots, drops marks, and smears on glasses

  • Correctly load dishes to enable water runs off freely.
  • Regularly add a high quality rinse aid dispenser.
  • If you can Determine your local water hardness the you can adjust the machine setting.

Foaming machine

  • Could be due to traces of washing up liquid on dishes. Pre-washing is not necessary.
  • Rinse aid spilled during refilling, or rinse aid chamber could be leaking.
  • A lot of protein-based food left on dishes such as egg and milk.

Orange staining on plastics

  • Possibly caused by red coloured sauce in the wash such as spaghetti sauce.
  • Make sure to Scrape all food before loading.
  • Bleach back to original color by placing in strong sunlight.

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  • There’s a possibility the drain hose is kinked meaning the water cannot run properly into the machine. Make sure that a portion of the drain hose is at least 0.5m above the dishwasher’s enclosure floor.
  • Avoid the filter system clogging by cleaning regularly (e.g once a week).
  • The kitchen sink drain could be blocked and it may be a good idea to ask a plumbing service to remove the blockage for you.


  • Food that is stuck in the build up or if there is a dirty filter often creates an odor.
  • Try using a high quality dishwasher cleaner.

One thought on “Common Dishwasher Issues & Solutions”

  1. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that the dishes not drying properly could be a problem with the heating element. My dishes have been really wet after running the dishwasher, and I’ve made sure that I’m not overloading it. I’ll definitely look into having a professional come to see if the heating element is having problems. Thanks for the great post!


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