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Diagnosing A Faulty Dishwasher Heating Element: DIY Vs Professional Appliance Repair Services

Technology keeps getting better and better by the day. And one of the delights technology has brought to our modern kitchen is a dishwasher. Dishwashers have made it easier for us to clean dirty dishes and keeping our sink free from piled up dishes waiting to be cleaned. Same Day Appliance Repair offers effective and long lasting solutions to issues with your kitchen aid dishwasher.


Dishwashers can become more of a nuisance that a benefit especially when it develops fault. One of the common issues associated with a kitchen aid dishwasher is a problem with the ‘Heating Element’.  Knowing some of the signs of the heating element malfunction would help you decide if you want to work to diagnose it by using a DIY approach or seeking the services of a professional kitchen aid dishwater repair and installer specialist

Two primary functions of the heating element of a dishwasher are to maintain the temperature of the water coming into the dishwater hot. Secondly, it heats the water in the dishwater, thus speeding up evaporation as well as drying time during the drying cycle (note: not all dishwashers have the drying cycle feature). If there has to be a problem with your heating element then it could be associated with either of these two functions. When you notice your dishes do not come out clean from the dishwasher and you are certain of the effectiveness of the detergent used, then it is possible the water is not heated well enough to optimize the machine’s cleaning power. If your dishes are still wet and coming out a little cool even after the drying cycle then this is a sign that the heating element is faulty.

At this point you can either diagnose it yourself or have a professional appliance repair service have a look at it.  With the help of a professional dishwasher repair specialist, you can be rest assured that your kitchen aid dishwasher is in safe hands. They are experienced with all top brands of dishwasher and have the skills to address the problem associated with your dishwasher effectively.

As an experienced and skilled DIY-er you might choose to tackle the problem with the heating element, here is what you can do; after disconnecting the dishwasher from power supply, find the heating element on the floor of the dishwasher. It is a thin circular tube and you may need to remove the lower dish rack if the tube is covered. Check to see how the metal terminal at each end of the element reaches down the base of the dishwasher. You would then access the wiring that connects to the element. Label the wires properly so that you can reconnect correctly later. Use a multimeter to test the continuity, setting the meter to ohms settings times one. If things are working fine you should get a reading between zero and infinity but if the reading does not move or goes to zero then there is obviously a problem. You can continue with the DIY route by consulting your owner’s manual or online resources or better still hire the services of a kitchen aid dishwasher specialist to help you out.