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Dishwasher Taking Too Long To Wash

You have no doubt come to enjoy the benefits of having a dishwasher in your home - saving you money on your utility bills, not forgetting all the time and hard work it is sparing you from having to do wash them manually by hand.

But what happens when your dishwasher takes - what feels like forever - to finish? Often cycles can take several hours, but if your dishwasher is being excessive in how long it is taking to do the cycle, then this is why you have come across this article right?

Well, to help you we have identified the more common causes that could result in your dishwasher no longer being a time-efficient cleaning machine.

We will help guide you in diagnosing the fault, and therefore perhaps helping you to restore your dishwasher back to being able to get your dishes squeaky clean once again - in the time that it should take to do so.

Cause 1

Heater Element

If the heater inside your dishwasher is faulty then your dishes won’t get any hot water during the cycle - therefore leaving your plates and cutlery left with remnants of your last meal.

If you suspect that the heater is the cause of your dishwasher issues, then it is recommended to access the part and test it with a multimeter (See here for instruction on how to use a multimeter). Below we have the steps in what to look for when testing the heater with a multimeter.

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.

  • Locate the element which can usually be found at the base of your dishwasher, test it using a multimeter.
  • When testing you will be expecting a resistance reading of 20 to 30 Ohms. If you get no reading - or it is excessively high - then the fault will be with the element.

If you have indeed identified that the heater has failed, you will need to replace it if you want to get back to a fully functional dishwasher again. You can see our online store for a new dishwasher heater, and soon be on your way to ensuring that the food deposits will soon be removed with ease.

Ok great, so you have identified the issue, and even located the part you need from the eSpares website, what now? Well we also offer you help on how to remove and replace the faulty heater following our article and video guide.

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