It’s happened to all of us, and as Murphy’s Law predicts, it occurs at the least convenient time. You’re preparing for company and move to start your dishwasher only to find it’s not working. While you might have to call in a professional, there are several common problems you can fix on your own. So if you have a Bosch dishwasher, read on to find the most common Bosch dishwasher repairs.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR BOSCH DISHWASHER
Below are the two most common problems customers experience with a Bosch dishwasher. If yours is on the fritz, read through this quick list to find the answer.
IF YOUR DISHWASHER IS NOT CLEANING PROPERLY
It’s annoying to open a newly run dishwasher to find that your dishes are just as dirty as when you loaded them. This is a common problem with any dishwasher, and to pinpoint the exact problem in your Bosch dishwasher, try these quick tests.
DEFECTIVE WATER INLET VALVE
If your dishes aren’t getting clean after running the dishwasher, perform this simple test to see if the inlet valve might need to be replaced.
- Poor one to two quarts in the bottom of your dishwasher.
- Run the dishwasher like normal.
- If this works to get your dishes clean, then you might need to replace the water inlet valve.
- This is a simple procedure that is fully explained in your Bosch owner’s manual.
CLOGGED SPRAY ARM
Another problem with a Bosch dishwasher not cleaning is a clogged spray arm.
- Using a flashlight, peek into your dishwasher and see if you see build-up on the upper, center, or lower spray arms.
- If so, pull them out.
- Take a toothpick and gently scrape out any build-up from the holes in the spray arms.
- Hold and rinse the spray arms under running water until all other debris is gone.
- Dry off and re-install.
- If the spray arm looks cracked or damaged, replace them.
If you turn your dishwasher on but you don’t hear the motor running, the pump motor could be burned out. If this is the case, you will need to replace it.
IF YOUR DISHWASHER IS LEAKING…
Nothing is more annoying than walking into the kitchen only to get your socks wet from a leaky dishwasher. If this happens to you, run through these quick troubleshooting items to find the correct Bosch dishwasher repair.
CENTER, UPPER, OR LOWER WASH ARM
Just like if the dishwasher isn’t cleaning properly, a wash arm can be to blame if your machine is leaking. This happens if there is a crack in one of the arms causing water to spray directly towards the door and its seal. Follow these simple steps to find out.
- Unscrew and pull out each of the arms and inspect each for cracks.
- If any of the wash arms are cracked, be prepared to purchase a replacement.
- Never try to glue or patch the holes, as the glue could cause the dishwasher materials to disintegrate.
WATER INLET VALVE
If you are experiencing water leaks, the water inlet valve could also be to blame for this. Follow these simple steps to find out.
- Turn off the electricity going to the dishwasher, and the water supply.
- Unscrew and remove the lower access panel from the dishwasher using a Philips screwdriver.
- Open the door and unscrew the outer door panel from the door. Close the door back and remove the front panel.
- The water inlet valve is located on the lower-left area of the panel.
- Disconnect the water supply from the panel and remove the brass elbow.
- Inspect the water inlet valve for damage or leaks. If it is cracked or damaged, or if the leak appears to be originating there, then the inlet valve more than likely needs to be replaced.
DOOR SEAL OR DOOR GASKET LEAK
Another common reason for water leaks from a dishwasher is leaks within the seal, or the edge surrounding the dishwasher door. To determine if this is your problem, follow these steps.
- To check for gaps in the seal around the door, first inspect it for any gaps, tears, or cuts. If none are visible, also check the door hinges and make sure they aren’t damaged or bent. Both items can be replaced easily and inexpensively.
- If all looks well, do the same to the door gasket, which is the edge along the front of the dishwasher.
- If no damage is clear, take a one-dollar bill, and place it in between the door and the door gasket. Let it go. Repeat this process around the entire opening. If the bill falls out of place when the door is closed and you release it, then that is where you have damage.
WHEN TO CALL IN A BOSCH DISHWASHER REPAIR PERSON
You may call a repairman even if you have identified the problem. You may not have the time or patience to fix it yourself. One area that can be a little tricky is if your dishwasher is not properly draining. If you continuously see standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher after running a cycle, then there may be a drainage problem.
There are several elements within your Bosch dishwasher that could cause a draining issue. The drain pump itself could be the reason. This is typically because the motor isn’t running. If you start your dishwasher but don’t hear it ever come on, this might be the culprit. If it is, the drain pump would have to be replaced. It could also be the drain impeller, which pushes water through the drain hose that is attached to your water disposal.
Other causes of standing water are the drain solenoid kit, which opens the drain valve to allow water to exit the machine, and the drain valve itself. It could be clogged or stuck in an open or closed position. If any of these parts are not working properly, they will need to be replaced, and it might be best to call a repair technician.
BOSCH DISHWASHER REPAIR YOU CAN DO YOURSELF
The following jobs are fairly simple, and could be completed without the help of a professional. For step-by-step instructions on these following jobs please see the Bosch dishwasher repair and maintenance section of your manual.
- 1Replacing or washing the center, lower, or upper arms within the dishwasher.
- 2Replacing the water inlet valve.
- 3Replacing the door seal.
Replacing the above three parts will fix most of the simple problems you are having with your Bosch dishwasher. Typically, regularly cleaning and maintaining the machine will keep it running smoothly. For any issues involving the motor or the pump, we recommend you contact a certified Bosch dishwasher repair technician.