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Dishwasher no water

Common reasons your dishwasher no water

The most common reasons your dishwasher has no water are a broken detergent dispenser, defective electronic control board or a clogged water valve.

  • 56%

    56% of the time it's the
    Detergent Dispenser

  • 31%

    31% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 7%

    7% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 6%

    6% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dishwasher repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dishwasher parts may fix your problem.

    Detergent Dispenser Replacement

    When the detergent dispenser is damaged, it might stop the dishwasher from filling with water because it could short out and disrupt the electronic control board's ability to send power to the water valve. Water or corrosion might seep into the inner door panel, causing wiring in the detergent dispenser to short out. Additionally, if the dispenser body cracks, water can enter the inner door panel, leading to a short circuit. To fix this issue, have a Sears Home Services expert inspect your dishwasher and replace the faulty detergent dispenser if it's causing the problem with water filling.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If your dishwasher isn't getting any water, it might be due to a faulty electronic control board. Normally, the control board sends electricity to the fill valve to allow water to fill the dishwasher. However, if there's a problem with the control board such as a failed relay or corrupted logic, it may not send the necessary current to the fill valve. Identifying a defective electronic control board can be challenging. To address this issue, have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert come to your home and repair the dishwasher when it's not receiving any water.

    Water Valve Replacement

    A blocked water valve is often to blame when a dishwasher isn't getting any water. This valve opens to let water in when it receives an electrical signal from the control. However, the small openings in the valve can easily become blocked by deposits or debris, preventing water from flowing into the dishwasher. Attempting to clear a clogged water valve yourself isn't recommended because it could cause the valve to stick open and lead to a kitchen flood. If your dishwasher isn't filling with water, it's best to have a Sears Home Services Technician come to your home and replace the blocked water valve.

    What to expect when you experience a dishwasher no water issue

    How do I repair a no water problem in my dishwasher?

    Fixing most issues where the dishwasher isn't getting any water typically requires replacing the detergent dispenser, electronic control board, or water valve. However, since there could be various reasons, it's crucial to conduct a thorough diagnosis to resolve the problem accurately. Understanding the diagnosis is vital for determining the repair cost accurately.

    Sears Home Services recommendations when a dishwasher has no water

    If your dishwasher isn't filling with water, it could be due to various reasons. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we advise having a Sears Home Services expert conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact issue. Our technicians are skilled at diagnosing all kinds of dishwasher problems.

    What to watch out for with a dishwasher no water diagnosis

    Identifying issues with modern appliances can be challenging without the right expertise and training. Simply swapping out parts without proper diagnostic methods can be ineffective. Appliances, particularly those in the last decade, have advanced significantly, with electronic components that are complex to assess. DIY repairs on newer appliance models are progressively more complex.

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    James called to give an estimated arrival time. He was professional and personable. He had 2 professional ideas of the problem and found 1 was correct, but he didn't stop there. He did a thorough check of the appliance. 1 small part was needed. He ordered the part to my house. Fortunately, he was able to schedule for the next week, just before Thanksgiving. As before, he called ahead, arrived and quickly fixed the problem. My appliance is working perfectly.

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    Luke was great. Polite and knowledgeable even though the dishwasher was older than he!

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