Dishwasher Parts

 

Which dishwasher parts to keep in stock

With the push of a button, what was once a chore became a time-saving necessity that works in almost any home, regardless of space. What’s better, dishwasher installation has become more of a DIY affair. Manufacturer guidance, along with a little research, means you can find almost any OEM dishwasher parts. When planning a new installation, there are some basics you need to keep in mind. Remember that dishwasher sizes vary despite the standards, and the last thing you need is a loose machine jostling around. Find dishwasher parts near you using the Walmart Store Locator.

Different types of dishwashers

There isn’t just one type of dishwasher anymore. You can now choose between the more traditional designs or something that handles less load.

Undercounter dishwashers are designed to work in a recess under the kitchen counter, with the help of dishwasher mounting brackets. They typically mount right near the sink so that plumbing connections are simple.

Dishdrawer dishwashers, as the name says, look and work like any drawer in your kitchen. They are available in single or double, so they are flexible enough to work within limited spaces, and because they're small, you can do lighter washes with less water.

Countertop dishwashers are compact enough to sit on your counter, and they are built for portability. This makes them great for small apartments or even for RV campers.

Freestanding dishwashers work where there is a small space under your counter, or it can stand alone. Because it has a finished exterior, you can get one that matches your kitchen decor so well that it looks built-in. There's no special installation required. All you need are the hoses. Slimline dishwashers are similar to the freestanding machines, in that they make the most of tiny spaces without sacrificing functionality.

Then, there are integrated dishwashers. These units don't come with a front panel, so it requires custom cabinetry to make it work with your kitchen's designs. You can make it semi- or fully integrated, depending on how much you want it to be concealed.

Dishwasher parts to keep handy

  • Drain Hoses: With constant gushes of hot and cold water, it’s normal for these to develop little cracks that drip. Keep one or two at the ready and switch them out periodically before these problems start.
  • Rack Slide End Cap: While it may look insignificant, the rack slide end cap prevents the upper rack from going off its rail. It’s a simple part to replace when you see your rack falling off.
  • Corner Baffles: There are right and left rubber baffles located at the corner of the door. They make sure that soapy dishwashing detergent doesn’t leak through the door. Eventually, they become damaged or missing and need to be replaced. They’re sold separately, so it's smart to buy them in pairs. 
  • Gasket: On the door is a ring-like rubber piece that keeps a tight seal between the tub and the door. These gaskets break, crack, or shrink, loosening the seal and causing leakage. This is one of the dishwasher parts that you need to buy more than one of and keep.
  • Wheels: They become so worn that they’re not moving in and out as they should.  If you hear too much movement or you can’t even move the rack properly, changing the wheels can be a quick fix.
  • Heating Element: If the hot-water cycle is running tepid or your dry cycle leaves wet dishes, that means your heating element isn’t working properly. Replacing it requires a few handy tools, like a pair of pliers and a multimeter. Before repairing, it’s wise to disconnect the power. 

Using OEM parts

Your manual will insist on OEM, which stands for original equipment manufacturer, parts. Genuine dishwasher parts are designed to work together and reduce premature failures. On the other hand, aftermarket, or generic, parts claim to be close enough to the original that your machine won’t work any differently. 

If you’ve got a new dishwasher and need to stock up on replacement parts, Walmart Canada has a wide variety of universal and genuine parts for popular brands, such as GE and Whirlpool.

 

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