You have an older dishwasher and it’s serving you well.
Let’s make that was serving you well.
See, the problem is fixing it.
If your dishwasher has stopped filling or draining all of a sudden or has its moments when it will work and when it won’t – check the belt.
The belt connects the motor to the pump using pulleys.
When the motor rotates in one direction the pump fills the dishwasher.
When the motor rotates in the opposite direction, the pump drains the dishwasher.
If your dishwasher isn’t filling or draining at all, the belt could be broken.
If your dishwasher occasionally works, the belt is probably stretched and is slipping.
Take a closer look at your dishwasher’s belt.
The belt is approximately 25 inches long and made of clear or black rubber.
The belt is located behind the lower access panel, which is sometimes referred to as a kickplate.
Getting to the belt is easy and since you don’t have pull the dishwasher out from the wall, this repair won’t take long.
The only tool you will need is a screwdriver.
It’s important to cut the power source to the dishwasher before attempting any repairs.
You can unplug the power cord, remove the fuse from the fuse box, or flip the breaker in the circuit breaker panel.
After the power is cut, you may continue.
Open the dishwasher door to locate the screws for the access panel.
Once the screws are removed, close the door and remove the panel.
The old belt will be stretched a bit making it easier to remove.
It will slip down off the pulleys.
Replacing the belt is not so simple.
It will have a much tighter fit.
The easiest way to get a new belt on the pulleys is to put one end of the belt around the pump housing, directly above the pump pulley.
Put the other end of the belt around the motor pulley.
Carefully roll the belt down the pump housing until it sits properly in place.
Finally you can reattach the access panel and reconnect the power source.
Your old dishwasher is back up and ready to go again.