Mailbag: GE 2200 Dishwasher, “Check Water Supply” Error

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on October 19, 2003

in Dishwasher Repair

carolyn kaluzniacki wrote:

Hi,
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Ihave a GE “2200” dishwasher that runs through the prewash cycle then stops and gives a “5” message ie “not enough water, check water supply” I had a fix it man out who did a temporary fix, but said it might not last and if it reverts back to not working it means the solenoid is broken and he said I should then buy a new dishwasher if that’s the case. The dishwasher seems like it should still work fine if the glitch could be fixed. How hard is it to replace a solenoid here? I live in Arizona and occasionally my son comes home from San Francisco. He is a fixer type person–more with computers–but the fixers are usually good at most things. Is it really tedious and laborious to replace a solenoid? Should I wait till my son comes home or buy a new dishwasher. THANKS, Carolyn

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I can’t believe someone would recommend trashing your whole dishwasher just because one stinking little part, the water inlet valve, may be clogged and need to be replaced! Well, that’s why he’s just a numb-nutz “fix-it” man and I’m Samurai Appliance Repair Man.

If you’re getting the “not enough water, check water supply” error message on this dishwasher, it usually means that the fill level in the basin is insufficient for proper cleaning. This almost always results from sediment and/or pipe scale accumulating on the protective screen of the water inlet valve. In this case, you can simply replace the valve, and dishwasher nirvana shall be restored.

Replacing the water inlet valve is no more difficult in your part of the country than it would be elsewhere. You can easily access the valve by simply removing the kickplates from the front of the dishwasher. You can buy the replacement water inlet valve here. Replacing the water inlet valve is simply a matter of turning off the water supply and then disconnecting and reconnecting a couple of water and electrical connections. It’s plug and chug, any bonehead can do this.

Still thinking about buying a new dishwasher? Read this first!


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