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Dishwasher Making Noise

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dishwasher making noise are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dishwasher making noise:

How it works - Dishwashers

Drain Pump

First, check the drain pump to ensure that it is clear of debris. If the drain pump is clean but it is still noisy, replace it.

Circulation or Wash Pump

The circulation pump motor has bearings that wear out over time. When the motor bearings fail, they generate a continuous drone. If the motor bearings have failed, you must replace the entire circulation pump.

Drain Impeller

The drain impeller pushes water through the drain hose and into the garbage disposer or drain line. If the impeller is broken, replace it.

Pump and Motor Assembly

Part of the pump and motor assembly (such as the motor bearings, drain impeller, or wash impeller) might be defective. Often, you can replace the pump’s individual parts. However, if you do not want to disassemble the pump to replace its parts, or if the parts are not available separately, you can replace the entire pump and motor assembly.

Wash Impeller

The wash impeller is a small plastic blade that forces water through the spray arms. If one or more of the impeller blades is broken, the dishwasher will make noise. In addition, if the impeller is damaged, warped, or bent, it can scape against the pump housing. Inspect the wash impeller for damage. If the wash impeller is damaged, replace it. On most models, you can replace the wash impeller independently of the pump and motor assembly. Search for your model number to determine if your impeller is replaceable. If the impeller cannot be replaced separately, you will have to replace the entire pump and motor assembly.

Circulation and Drain Pump Motor

The circulation pump motor has bearings that wear out over time. When the motor bearings fail, they generate a continuous drone. If the motor bearings have failed, replace the motor or replace the entire pump and motor assembly.

Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve opens to allow water to enter the dishwasher. When it is new, the water inlet valve is very quiet during operation. Over time, the diaphragm inside the valve deteriorates and deforms. This deformation interacts with the water rushing in and can produce a loud vibration, buzzing, squealing, or other noises. If the dishwasher is loud during the filling cycle, replacing the water inlet valve may solve the problem.

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