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Dishwasher Trouble No Water entering Dishwasher

Your dishwasher will not let water into it. So you are wondering what the problem could be? There are usually two reasons for this problem. These two things can easily be explained so that you can find your problem.

The first thing that I am assuming is that you have water going to the dishwasher. Make sure that the problem is no external to the dishwasher before tearing into it and finding out later that you have a water feed problem.



Now that we have that clear, let’s focus on the dishwasher.
Problem #1 is usually the water inlet valve. To get to this valve you need to remove the bottom front access cover of the dishwasher. Behind this in one of the corners (usually) the water hose/pipe will hook to the inlet valve. This valve will have two and sometimes four wires going to it. Some valves will have an inlet screen right where the hose hooks up. Make sure that it is clean. If the valve is getting water and it has a slight buzz when it should be feeding water then the valve is bad. You need to replace it. If there is no current going to the valve then you have other problems and need to trace back the power problem.



The one other problem that is most common would be the float switch. This is a plastic round cylinder usually that rises up as the water level rises. If something happens to get stuck under it you will not be getting power to the inlet valve. If this switch has gone bad and is reading in the full position even though it is not, then you will have to replace that.

The inlet valve and the float switch are the most common problems for not getting water to your dishwasher. By finding out which is the problem you can easily fix your dishwasher and be going again.

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