Dishwasher Repair: A Dye’s Appliance Guide

Nobody likes to clean dishes by hand. That’s why dishwashers were invented in the first place. All the way back in 1886, Josephine Cochrane invented the first working dishwasher and founded the company that would become KitchenAid. The more practical, in-home versions we’re used rose to popularity beginning in the 1950’s.

Unfortunately, dishwashers don’t always want to work properly. When that happens, give us a call. Our friendly technicians will use their experience and skill to solve your dishwasher repair issues. We haven’t been around quite as long as those original dishwasher, but we’re close.


Dishwasher Repair Issues

Dishwashers are relatively basic machines but there are several things that can go wrong. Here are some of the most common issues you may face.


Water Issues

Water can cause two issues with your dishwasher. One, you don’t get any water. It’s hard to get dishes clean this way. Two, water leaks everywhere. That’s a mess.

Not getting water is typically a bad water inlet valve, though a bad control board could cause the machine not to call for water. Leaks are a bit tougher since water can sometimes come from anywhere. Pumps and door gaskets tend to be the main problems though when you have a leak.


Drying Issues

Always check to make sure you have a drying aid in the reservoir to help the drying process. The dispenser could also be to blame if it’s not working. Other than that, the heating element or thermostat could cause the dishes to stay wet. Remember: plastics don’t typically dry well in the dishwasher so water on these dishes is just a fact of life.


Control Issues

Dishwashers that won’t start or complete a wash cycle could have control board issues. These troubles can be a bit more expensive because of the electronics. Sometimes power issues come into play here as well. Check your control board for flashing lights that could indicate an “error code” that could be listed in the user manual.


Cleaning Issues

Sometimes, dishes just aren’t getting clean or come out covered in residue. This could be due to water issues, the spray arms being clogged or not spinning, or from food debris in the dishwasher. A technician will sometimes have to take out the filter in the bottom and clean them out.


Repair vs Replace

The average lifespan of a dishwasher is between seven and twelve years. Relatively minor repairs can be done before that window with no major risks. Once you get to about ten years, we don’t recommend putting money into a dishwasher that will just end up with more costly problems in the near future.


Different Styles

Built-in dishwashers are the most common style out there. Also, there are portable dishwashers. You can move these units to and from the sink. However, they need to be disconnected from the sink when not in use.


Dishwasher Repair Process

Service Call

For dishwasher repair, an in-home service call is $95. Schedule a service call by calling us at 816-436-2210. Also, you can put in a service request and we’ll get in contact with you to see if we can help. Service calls are typically scheduled in one-hour arrival windows. Then, our tech will call before the trip and arrive ready to help.



Our tech will work with the symptoms you’ve described and begin testing your dishwasher to find the cause of the problem. After the issue is diagnosed, we’ll give you a full parts and labor estimate that includes the cost of the service call.


Parts Ordering

We love it when we can get your dishwasher repaired and running again on the first trip. Sometimes, parts need to be ordered that aren’t available on our service vehicles. In these situations, our tech can give you an estimated time of arrival for parts and when we can return to finish the service. A second trip out for parts comes at no extra charge.


Return Trip

When your part arrives, someone from our office staff will contact you to schedule the return visit. You don’t pay for a thing until the service is completed.


Satisfaction Guaranteed

Your satisfaction with your dishwasher repair is our top priority. Our service labor comes with a 90-day warranty. Parts warranties vary by manufacturer. There’s no additional service call for us to come back out in the event we don’t get it right the first time.



We service most major brands including:

  • Whirlpool
  • Maytag
  • Kenmore
  • Samsung
  • GE
  • Hotpoint
  • LG
  • Frigidaire
  • Electrolux
  • Amana
  • Admiral


Areas We Serve

We service most of the Kansas City Northland including:




We know there are a lot of options when it comes to dishwasher repair. At Dye’s Appliance, we’re committed to providing the best service in the Kansas City Northland. Call us at 816-436-2210 or set up a service request today.

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