Why is my Beko dishwasher making noise but not working?

For the most part, a Beko dishwasher that is making noise but is not working might be due to a water in-flow or drainage problem.

Though at times, the problem might also occur due to dry tub seals or flooding in the base pan area.

The good news is that all these problems are fairly easy to fix (with no special equipment required)… You can try them out before you opt to pay for a service call.

Beko dishwasher making noise but not working – how you can fix the problem

As I have already mentioned, this can be caused by one of several reasons.

As such, there’s no one-does-it-all fix.

That said, below are the different possible solutions I want you to try:

Make sure that water is flowing into the dishwasher (Beko dishwasher making noise but not filling with water – fixed)

At times, this might be so if your dishwasher is making some buzzing/humming noises but it never fills with water.

And the sound you are hearing is the water inlet valve trying to activate.

With that in mind, start by confirming that the water faucet is fully open.

Next, straighten any kinks that the water inlet hose might have.

And, if in the process, you discover that the inlet hose is damaged, you should consider replacing it.

If all seems good, it is quite likely that the water inlet valve is faulty hence why it can’t open to let water in.

And the best way to resolve this problem is to change the valve.

Try tilting the dishwasher

This is usually the most common cause for Beko dishwashers making noise but not working or starting.

Usually, Beko dishwashers have a float sensor that activates when there’s flooding in the base pan.

The best way to get rid of water in the base pan area is to remove your dishwasher from the cabinet and tip it at an angle of 45 degrees.

One more thing: Before tipping the dishwasher, put a dry towel underneath it to soak the water instead of it dripping all over the floor.

To prevent the problem from re-occurring, you should disassemble your dishwasher and look for any loose/leaking hose connections.

If you can find any, be sure to tighten them in place – you can use either dishwasher clamps or zip ties.

Check if there is flooding or excess suds in the tub area

At times, this might be accompanied by the drain pump running constantly (as it tries to drain the water before the dishwasher starts a fill cycle).

Pro tip: Remember that the tub area is usually left with around 1-2 cups of water after the dishwasher drains.

If there seems to be excess water in the tub area, start by using a wet vac to remove it.

Next, check for what might be preventing drainage from occurring.

To do so, start by taking out the drain filter and removing any clogs that might be caught in there.

Once done, straighten the drain hose (if it has any kinks) and clean the air gap (if there is one).

And, if you are using a garbage disposal, be sure to run it to clear the drainage mechanism.

Also, if your dishwasher has a drain loop, confirm that the minimum height is at least 28” from the floor.

On the other hand, if there are excess suds in the tub area, it’s quite likely you have used too much detergent or the wrong detergent type.

Here, use a wet vacuum to remove the excess suds and run two or three rinse cycles to get rid of any residual detergent.

And remember, the next time you’re washing your dishes, use the right amount of the right detergent such as Cascade detergent.

Check if the drain pump is in good condition

For this part, you will need to get access to the drain pump assembly.

Once you have access to it, start by removing any foreign objects that might be stuck in there.

Pro tip: At times, you might hear the pump making some grinding sounds if there are objects stuck in it.

Next, check if the impeller can rotate.

If it can’t rotate, it’s possible that the motor mechanism is faulty. And, this might call for a new pump assembly.

Another test you can perform is a continuity test – if all is good, there should be continuity through the drain pump’s wire terminals.

On the other hand, if there is no continuity, it means that your drain pump is bad.

Here, your best solution would be to replace the drain pump assembly.

The pump seals might be dry

This is the last likely cause for your Beko dishwasher to make a humming noise but it won’t work or fill with water.

Oftentimes, it will occur if you have not run your dishwasher for more than a week.

Fortunately, you can fix the problem by following these steps:

  1. Remove any dishes that might be in the dishwasher.
  2. Using a wet vac, remove any water that might also be in the unit.
  3. Add four ounces of dishwasher-safe citric acid to one quart of hot water. Next, pour this solution into the sump area and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

Pro tip: You can substitute the citric acid solution with a mixture of one cup of white vinegar and one quart of hot water. However, the vinegar solution might not be as effective as the citric acid solution.

  1. After the 30 minutes are over, you can now try to start your dishwasher again.

Beko dishwasher making noise but not working – parting words

Remember, if the cause of your Beko dishwasher acting up is flooding in the base pan, you should check and fix any pipe connections that might be loose hence causing the leaking.

This will prevent the problem from re-occurring in the future.


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