Dishwasher Will Not Fill With Water During Wash Cycle

Why is my dishwasher not getting water? I run a wash cycle and the dishwasher DOES NOT FILL WITH WATER. My Whirlpool dishwasher is 2 years old and never had any issues. Now with no water coming in when I run the dishwasher, I cannot wash my dishes. What do you think the problem can be? Is it something simple and easy I can check and fix myself? What part is most likely causing the issue of NO WATER INTO DISHWASHER? Please let me know so I can replace it myself so I do not have to call an appliance repair company. I would rather DIY and fix my dishwasher myself by buying the correct part, installing it, and get the dishwasher running again.

Dishwasher Will Not Fill With Water During Wash Cycle - What Parts To CheckDishwasher Will Not Fill With Water During Wash Cycle – What Parts To Check?

The most COMMON parts in your dishwasher that will cause it to NOT FILL WITH WATER are the following:

1 – Float Switch Assembly
When water is filling up the dishwasher during a wash cycle a small plastic float will “float” upwards. When the float gets to a certain height the switch it is attached to will shut off the water. This switch is so the dishwasher does not overfill and leak or flood. This is more of a safety feature but can also cause the NO WATER issue. This float may get stuck, damaged, or has food particles on it. If the float or float switch is damaged or not working properly, this condition will stop the dishwasher from filling with water. What you need to do is simply check the float assembly inside the dishwasher. Once you locate it you can check to see if it is stuck, damaged, or clogged with food particles and therefore it is not moving and causing the dishwasher to not fill with water. Either replace the float switch, the float piece itself or clean it so it can move up and down properly.

Replace Dishwasher Float Assembly Switch - Not filling with waterReplace or Reposition Dishwasher Float Assembly Switch When Not filling with water!

2 – Water Inlet Valve
The water inlet valve is what lets the water into your dishwasher. The water line is hooked to it and a solenoid activates to let the water into the dishwasher. The dishwasher may not fill with water if the water valve filter screen is blocked by debris. Get access to the water inlet valve and cleaning it thoroughly. Cleaning the filter may solve the problem. If the water inlet valve is not dirty, you may have a faulty water inlet valve. If so, to be sure, check it with a meter to be sure. Check to be sure all wiring is secure and connected. Check wiring for continuity. If you find the valve to be faulty, test the valve with a meter and replace it if you find it to be bad.

Dishwasher Water Inlet Valve - Replace if dishwasher does not fill with waterDishwasher Water Inlet Valve – Replace if dishwasher does not fill with water

3 – Door Switch
If the door switch to your dishwasher is faulty, it will not fill with water. Test the door switch with a meter and replace if necessary.

4 – Drain Valve/Solenoid
The dishwasher drain valve is controlled by a drain solenoid. If this solenoid is faulty, it will not allow the drain valve to function and may be the issue with your dishwasher not filling with water. Check the drain valve and test the solenoid to be sure it is in working condition. If the solenoid is bad, replace it with a new OEM part. See below for dishwasher replacement parts…

Dishwasher Replacement Parts And AccessoriesDishwasher Replacement Parts And Accessories – Valves and Floats

Also check that the water valve to the dishwasher is turned ON. Check the water valve usually under the sink to be sure it is open and letting water into the dishwasher. Also be sure there are no bent water lines.

NOTE: All these fixing the water to your dishwasher methods will work for all dishwasher brands including Electrolux, Bosch, GE, Whirlpool, and more…

How to Repair a Dishwasher that Does Not Fill with Water
If your dishwasher won’t fill with water, the problem may be a bad water inlet valve!

Questions about Dishwasher Not Filling With Water During Wash Cycle? Please let us know your questions and comments if the above suggestions and fixing methods have not worked for you.

1 thought on “Dishwasher Will Not Fill With Water During Wash Cycle”

  1. Repair guy came out and said it was my circuit board (also Whirlpool, only 1.5 yrs old). Is it true? He said $360!?

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