When a dishwasher stops filling with water, it's pretty much useless. Trying to turn it on and clean a load of dishes isn't going to work, as there's no water to mix with the detergent. Unfortunately, this means you're left to clean your dishes by hand until you fix the problem, which can be a burdensome task even for small families. Here we'll take a closer look at what causes a dishwasher to stop filling up with water and what you can do to fix it.
Identifying The Problem
It should be fairly easy to tell if your dishwasher isn't filling with water like it normally does. After a cycle is complete and you open it back up, you may see liquid or powder detergent left untouches. Another indication that it's not filling with water is no steam or heat produced. As you may already know, steam is a byproduct of heated water, and if there's no water to heat, there's no steam produced. If you find that either the dish detergent is left untouched or there's no steam coming out of your dishwasher, there's a good chance it's not filling with water once you turn it on.
One of the most common reasons why dishwashers stop filling with water is due to a broken or faulty valve. If you don't know what this is, let me explain – a dishwasher valve is used to control the flow of water coming into the dishwasher. If it's broken, it may prevent water from entering your dishwasher. You can do a quick inspection of the valve by opening your unit and looking at the very bottom. You should see a small plastic piece with a metal bracket attached to it. If it's broken off or missing, then you'll need to replace it.
If you're filling the top rack of your dishwasher with plates, pans and other large items, you may be blocking the sprayers from releasing the water. Try to get into the habit of placing your large dishes and items on the bottom rack and your cups on the top rack.
Another common reason that could prevent your dishwasher from filling with water is a broken pressure switch. Unfortunately, reaching this piece is difficult and requires a bit of work. If you're unfamiliar with your dishwasher or just not comfortable working on it, you should call a professional to come out and inspect the unit for you.