What To Do When Your Dishwasher Heating Element Is Not Working?

Most homeowners dread the idea of not having a dishwasher in their home. The dishwasher serves several purposes in the kitchen. It keeps the counter top and kitchen sink free from tons of dirty dishes, pots and negates the need of those ugly drying racks for dishes. However, when there is a problem with the dishwasher, it goes from being the most favorite appliance to the disgusting and annoying appliance.

The most common problem that dishwasher users experience, are issues relating to the heating element. Have you ever asked yourself:

“Why Is My Dishwasher Heating Element Not Working?”

“What should I do to rectify the problem?”

In this article, we shall discuss some common problems associated with a bad heating element and the steps you can take to rectify these problems.

faulty heating element

The main function of the heating element is to maintain the temperature of water that comes into the unit. So, the heating element does not make the water hot; it just maintains the temperature of water. Another function of the heating element is to heat the air during the drying cycle which hastens the evaporation process.

If there is a problem in the heating element, you will notice that the dishes are not clean. However, before you diagnose the heating element make sure you check the detergent cup. At times, the detergent cup may be empty or may not work properly. If there is no problem with the detergent cup, you should look for problems with the heating element.

If you notice that the dishes are wet or don’t feel warm after the heat drying cycle is complete, it means there is a problem with the heating element. Your next step from here will be to decide if you want to check for the problem yourself or hire a professional dishwasher service technician to do it for you. You can test the element yourself, however, it is best that you hire a professional dishwasher repairman to repair or replace it. Professional dishwasher repair companies have several years of experience in the field and they can repair appliances of top brands like Maytag, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire and Bosch.

If you are not familiar with diagnosing and repairing home appliances, it is best to get professional help. However, if you still want to do it on your own, here are a few tips to help you. The first thing you must do is to disconnect the power supply to the machine. You can do this by using the electrical breaker panel. Open the machine and check where the heating element is located. This is usually on the floor of the appliance. The heating element is a thin circular tube that is either covered or exposed. If the element is covered, you must first remove the dish and then remove the cover. Take a picture of the element to note the position of the metal terminals. You must then remove the kick plate to access the wiring.

Before you disconnect and remove the element, you must take a picture of the wiring connections to the element. This will make it easier to fix the new element. When disconnecting the wires, make sure you don’t pull the wires as it can damage the machine. Once the wires are disconnected, remove the element and check the condition of the element using a multi-meter. If there is a problem with the element, get a new element and install it in your machine. If the element is in perfect condition, hire a professional to check the wiring of the unit.

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