Why is my dishwasher making loud noise?

Bosch Dishwasher Inside

Have you have noticed your dishwasher making loud noise during the wash cycle? Even if the dishwasher is cleaning your dishes properly unusual noise or noises during the wash cycle is something you should look into troubleshooting as soon as possible.

Dishwashers that make a loud noise or a grinding noise is common. Reasons for this noise include:

  • Hard food particle fell into the bottom of the dishwasher. Lodging itself inside of the gears or pump of the dishwasher. To correct you would need to take the dishwasher apart to find and remove particle.
  • Wash impeller blades have broken off or chafing the sides.
  • Drain impeller may be broken or cracked.
  • The motor and pump assembly may need to be replaced due to wear and tear.
  • The drain pump may need to be replaced or cleaned

APWagner.com has wash and drain impellersmotor and pump assembly, and drain pumps for dishwashers available for purchase.

How to Diagnose a Noisy Refrigerator

Nobody likes a noisy refrigerator. It’s loud, obnoxious and disturbs the serenity that you should always have when partaking in food related activities.

So below are some simple diagnosing methods that should keep you from wit’s end.

But first, ask yourself one question: where is the noise coming from?

Is the noise coming from inside the refrigerator?

  1. If it’s coming from inside, the problem is most likely the evaporator fan motor. To check, take the evaporator cover (in the back or bottom of the freezer) off. Once you’ve removed it, you should be able to see the fan and verify that it’s noisy. If the fan is noisy, you should replace it.
  2. If it’s not the fan, and the noise is coming from the freezer, then there may not be much of a problem. At times there will be a groaning noise coming from the freezer from when the compressor has just cut off. So no worries there!
  3. If the noise is coming from inside the fresh food compartment, the only thing it could possibly be is the defrost timer, which is located near the control – and again, you should replace it.

Is the noise coming from outside the refrigerator?

  1. The compressor and condenser can cause a very noisy refrigerator. Take the back off the refrigerator and make sure nothing is in the fan. If there isn’t anything in the fan, unplug the refrigerator then unplug the fan motor. Next, plug the refrigerator back in. If the noise is gone, in this case, the fan is bad and need to be replaced. If the noise doesn’t stop then the compressor is bad.
  2. If the compressor is bad, you might want to consider resigning to gritting your teeth every time you go near your fridge or consider getting a new refrigerator. (As it were, compressors are very expensive.) But if it’s noisy when it cutting off, the problem is the compressor. If the noise is coming from the front of the refrigerator, it’s the defrost timer and it should be replaced.

No one should have to be subjected to a bad kitchen or food experience. If your refrigerator is noisy, give it a quick check up and a little TLC, and hopefully you can nip the problem in the bud.

Why does the water or ice from my icemaker smell funny or taste bad?

Solutions for common icemaker problems involving the taste, look and smell of water or ice

  • Be sure to change your water filter regularly  –every six months to a year.
  • Use a refrigerator or freezer deodorizer like Fridge Aid Deodorizer to absorb odors
  • If you have just added a new icemaker with water dispenser, throw away the first batch or two of ice. If you have a water dispenser on your refrigerator, you may want to run some water through the dispenser and toss that out as well. After a few gallons of water have gone through the system, all of the plastic smell and taste should be gone.
  • The white specks in your cubes are caused by calcium carbonate deposits. As the water for your cubes gets colder, the less mineral content can be suspended in the water. As the cube freezes, these formerly invisible particles start to become visible. You can reduce the amount of specks, or completely get rid of them, with the use of a water filter.
APWagner.com carries new and replacement icemakers and ice maker kits for top freezer and side-by-side refrigerators for G.E., Frigidaire, Whirlpool,Maytag and more.
APWagner.com carries new and replacement icemakers and ice maker kits for top freezer and side-by-side refrigerators for G.E., Frigidaire, Whirlpool,Maytag and more.

For more icemaker and water filter dispenser repair help, check out the repair section on apwagner.com.

APWagner.com carries replacement refrigerator water filers, ice and water dispenser parts, and new ice maker kits so you can add or replace the current ice maker on your appliance.

GE Profile Dishwasher, Model Number gsd5940d00ss, does not drain completely

Question: My GE Profile Dishwasher, Model Number gsd5940d00ss, has 2 inches of water left in the bottom of the dishwasher at the end of the dishwasher cycle. What is causing this?

Answer: If the drain line isn’t clogged or kinked the Piston & Nut Assembly is most likely the dishwasher part causing your problem. The piston and nut assembly is for a check valve. It is used on General Electric, Hotpoint, and other brands.

Dishwasher Piston & Nut Assembly for GE Profile Dishwasher, Model Number gsd5940d00ss
Dishwasher Piston & Nut Assembly for GE Profile Dishwasher, Model Number gsd5940d00ss

To check it, remove the screen/filter in the back of the tub. Once done you will see the Piston & Nut Assembly. Remove it by simply unscrewing it.  This part has a plunger on a spring. When you press up on the plunger it should completely stop up the hole in the top of the part. Sometimes the rubber top part of the Piston & Nut deteriorates and the part needs to be replaced.

Other causes of water not draining from your dishwasher can be:

  • Restriction in the pump
  • Leak or kink in the drain hose or a loose connection in the drain hose under the sink

Fix It: The Freezer is Not Freezing, The Fridge is Not Cold

I recently came across this post in our appliance repair forum, and thought it may help some of you out.

Q: “Ok, so the ice maker has been leaking for about 2 years now, just an inconvenience. Today, freezer is thawing out, fridge at 70′.  Took a hair dryer to back inside of freezer, seems like a lot of ice melted.  Fan seems to be running more than before.”

“I have seen that the ice maker water valve needs replacing. Is that it, or do I need to remove the inside of the freezer compartment and replace all those parts too?”

“I have it plugged back in for about an hour now.  Freezer getting cold, nothing in fridge compartment/ any suggestions would be appreciated. It’s 8 years old.”

One of our regular posters, applianceman, generously offered this advice:

A: “When you tried to defrost it with the hair dyer did you remove the back panel of the freezer? If not you need to go back and remove it and melt all the ice behind it (if there is any).”

“You say the ice maker is leaking but is it leaking in the freezer or in the floor? If it is leaking in the freezer the water from the ice maker may have leaked on the coils, froze and blocked airflow. If this seems to be the case melt all the ice, clean out the tube that feeds the ice maker water and replace the ice maker.”

“If the ice that is on the coils didn’t seem to come from the ice maker you may have a defrost problem. Which would be the defrost control, defrost heater or defrost thermostat.”

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For additional information on freezer maintenance, questions or general information, visit our freezer information page.

Amana replacement icemaker not working

Here’s a question and answer from our appliance repair forum. If you have an appliance repair question, sign up for a forum account (free) and ask your question for free!

This question was asked on the Icemaker Repair Forum.

Question: My ice maker quit. I removed it and found ice in the fill tube. I thawed it out and order a new Amana  replacement ice maker, Model Number: arse667bw, because the old icemaker’s non-stick coating was peeling out. I installed the new ice maker but still nothing. Any suggestions of what to do next?

Answer: Several things could be happening to prevent your replacement Amana icemaker from working:

Water Pressure is too low: The water pressure for icemakers needs to be at least 40 psi, and up to about 120 psi for proper operation. You can test your icemaker’s water pressure with an Icemaker Water Flow Tester.

Freezer is not at the correct temperature: Freezer must get below 15ºF before the thermostat inside the icemaker will close and then the icemaker will run/turn on.

Icemaker arm is not on/arm is raised or in the “off” position: make sure the feeler arm of the icemaker is down and not blocked by any ice cubes. If it’s raised, it has turned the icemaker off. This arm needs to be in the lowered position to activate the icemaker. An over-abundance of ice in the bin will make the arm stay up as a safety feature to keep the icemaker from making more ice than the bin can hold.
The water inlet tube is frozen: On occasion, the water inlet tube will freeze where it enters the icemaker. This can happen because the water is dripping slowly, or the freezer is just set too cold. A hair blow dryer can be used to thaw this, but be careful around the plastic tubing. You don’t want it to crack or deform. You may want to turn the thermostat up a little bit if this is a regular occurrence. If you have a constant, regular drip, you may want to invest in a new water control valve.

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