A Dishwasher Troubleshooting Guide (Part One) - Parker & Sons

Here at Parker &Sons, dishwashers are one of our favorite modern luxuries. After all, everyone hates doing the dishes, don’t they? Cooking can be fun and eating a delicious meal is obviously amazing, but cleaning up at the end of the night is always a drag. Modern dishwashers make the job much easier. With the best models, you don’t even have to rinse your plates! So, when a dishwasher breaks down, it can feel tragic. Follow Parker & Sons dishwasher troubleshooting guide.

Issue: The Dishwasher Won’t Run


  1. Before you do anything else, make sure that the power is on, the dishwasher is latched, and the controls are fully engaged. We can’t count the number of times a seemingly major issue came down to the door not latching properly.
  2. Check the GFCI outlet into which the dishwasher is plugged. It may have been tripped. If so, simply reset it. If it is not plugged into a visible GFCI outlet, try resetting other outlets in the kitchen. Any of them may do the trick.
  3. If it still won’t run, it is time to go to the source, also known as the electrical service panel. Make sure that the fuse which runs the dishwasher has not been tripped. If it has been, simply reset the breaker and attempt to run the dishwasher.
  4. Sometimes, the dishwasher will have power but still not be able to run. This canbe caused by a timer or the settings on the dishwasher. If you are not sure how to change these, reference your owner’s manual.

If none of these solutions helped, it might be time to call a service professional. You don’t want to get in over your head and possibly make the issue even worse!

Check back soon for part two of our dishwasher troubleshooting guide.

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