Having problems with your Zanussi 18 in. ZDT5044 Built-in Dishwasher ?

The dishwasher runs, but never seems to wash the dishes!

\015 I have a Zanussi Dishwasher DW 917 which isn't working. It doesn't seem to be getting enough water into the machine (although it does have some). There is also a pool of dirty looking water in the well at the bottom. And when we run it at night, it seems to stay hot the entire night. I've never fixed a dishwasher in my life and have no idea how they work or what to look for. Help!\015

Answers :

Make sure you get water to the dishwasher. Check to see if the water\015\012shut-off valve (located under the sink) is open. If you get water to\015\012the dishwasher, but there is still no water inside during the fill\015\012cycle, the problem might be with a faulty water valve (located at the\015\012bottom of the dishwasher, behind the kick panel, on either side), in\015\012which case replace the water valve.

Concerning the drainage issue(left over water at the bottom)


1. Air gap / Drain hoses
If there is an air gap (located in\015\012the sink, near the faucet), check to see if it is clogged. Unscrew the\015\012top cap and see if there is anything blocking inside. Note: If there is\015\012no air gap installed, the dishwasher might not drain properly.
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\015\012If the drain hose is clogged, the dishwasher would not drain. If there\015\012is an air gap installed, it is very common that a hose going from the\015\012air gap into the garbage disposer is clogged. Remove and clean the\015\012hose. Make sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher.
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\015\012\011\011\011Note: If you recently had a garbage disposer installed, it is common to overlook removing the drain plug.
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\015\012\011\011\0112. Broken belt
\015\012\011\011\011Some dishwasher models use a belt to drive the pump. Replace the belt if found broken.
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\015\012Note: Sometimes the belt would just come off the pump. Even though it\015\012might not be broken, it is recommended that you replace the belt,\015\012because it is probably too stretched out.
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\015\012\011\011\0113. Pump
\015\012Some models have two impellers inside the pump - one, wash impeller,\015\012takes care of the wash cycles, the other, drain impeller, drains the\015\012water out. If the drain impeller is broken (broken blades, shaft), the\015\012dishwasher would not drain. Replace any broken pump components.
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\015\012\011\011\0114. Drain solenoid
\015\012Some models (for example most GE dishwashers) use a drain solenoid to\015\012drain water out. Sometimes the solenoid gets stuck, preventing the\015\012water from draining out. Try to free up the solenoid. If unsuccessful,\015\012you might have to replace the pump assembly.
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\015\012\011\011\0115. Motor
\015\012\011\011\011If the motor is stuck, it is sometimes possible to free it up by manually spinning the motor.
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\015\012\011\011\011Replace the motor if defective.
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\015\012\011\011\0116. Timer
\015\012\011\011\011Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).
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