Anyone who has ever slaved away at a sink washing dishes knows the time-saving value of a Whirlpool Gold dishwasher. Unfortunately, a broken or malfunctioning Whirlpool Gold dishwasher saves you no time at all and calling a repairman to fix it can be a costly endeavor. By learning some basic troubleshooting, you can save yourself time and money.
Before starting any troubleshooting, make sure you have allowed the dishwasher to complete its full cycle. A Whirlpool Gold dishwasher can run for more than three hours before its cycle is complete.
Make sure you are properly loading the dishes into the dishwasher. The detergent dispenser should be free from blockage, and there should be enough distance between the dishes for water and detergent to flow freely.
If your dishwasher won't start, make sure the door is tightly closed and the latch is locked.
If your dishes aren't getting clean, make sure you are using a high-quality dishwasher detergent. Use the recommended amount for your specific Whirlpool Gold dishwasher. Too much or too little can prevent your dishes from getting clean or leave spots on your dishes.
If your dishes are coming out still wet, make sure you are using a quality rinse agent. Whirlpool Gold dishwashers rely on a rinse agent, such as Jet Dry, to aid in the proper drying of dishes.
Make sure the overfill protection float can move up and down freely. If it is locked, press down on it to release it.
Make sure the water inlet and drain hoses are properly connected to your Whirlpool Gold dishwasher, and the water supply is turned on.
Check the power to the dishwasher. Make sure that a circuit breaker hasn't been flipped and that the dishwasher has power.
Also, check to see if your water supply has the proper temperature, pressure and hardness. Whirlpool recommends the water temperature be at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure should be between 20 and 120 PSI to properly fill the dishwasher. If you have unusually hard water, Whirlpool recommends using a rinse aid with the high-temp option or installing a home water softener.
If none of the above troubleshooting steps help, contact Whirlpool for assistance. You can reach whirlpool customer support at (800) 253-1301 or by going to whirlpool.com. Have your dishwasher's model number and date of purchase handy when you call.
Michael J. Scott
Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on eHow.com and Travels.com.