Zanussi dishwasher troubleshooting

Zanussi’s history started in 1914 in Italy. The brand was purchased by Electrolux in 1984, and that was probably one of the most important milestones in its history.
The current range of household appliances includes around 25 dishwashers (freestanding and build-in).
The chart below explains Zanussi dishwasher repair by the most common symptoms, for instance leaking or noisy.
Zanussi DCS series, DA series, DCE series, ZDTS series dishwasher troubleshooting
Zanussi DI series, DS series, DW series, ZT series dishwasher troubleshooting
Zanussi ZIDW series, ZDW series, ZWG series dishwasher troubleshooting


Zanussi DCS series, DA series, DCE series, ZDTS series dishwasher troubleshooting

Although ability to fix electric appliances typically requires a certain level of competence on the part of the user, actually many owners can resolve the most common issues without someone’s help, provided they use reliable troubleshooting information. This is exactly what you’ll find below, in the table created for the Zanussi DCS, DA, DCE, and ZDTS series dishwashers.

FaultCheck
The machine will not start.— Is the door closed properly?
— Is there power to the machine?
— Has the fuse blown? (Start with fuse in electrical plug).
— Have you set the programme knob properly?
— Is the water tap turned on?
The machine is not filling with water.— Is the water tap turned on?
— Has your domestic water supply been cut off temporarily?
— Is the water intake hose kinked or blocked?
— Is the filter inside the intake hose blocked?
— Is the water pressure too low?
The machine will not drain.— Did you open the door before the light went out and the cycle ended?
— Is the drain hose kinked?
— Is the sink drain blocked?
Dishes not washed satisfactorily.— Are the baskets too full?
— Have the dishes not been arranged properly?
— Has anything prevented the spray arm from rotating?
— Are the spray arm holes clogged?
— Are the filters clogged?
— Are the filters in position?
— Did you use enough detergent?
— Is the detergent old or has gone hard?
— Is the salt container cap properly closed?
— Is the washing programme selected too gentle?
— Is the rinse aid dispenser empty?
Visible lime deposits or white film on the dishes.
— Is the salt container empty or is the water softener not correctly adjusted?
— Is the rinse aid dispenser adjusted to too low dosage?
The machine is noisy.— Are the dishes rattling against each other?
— Is the spray arm knocking against the dishes?
The dishes are not quite dry.— Is the rinse aid dispenser empty?
— Have the dishes been left too long inside the machine?
The door is difficult to close.— Is the dishwasher level?
The top indicator lamp flashes.— Is the water tap turned on?
— Is the filter inside the inlet hose blocked?
— Is the water inlet hose kinked or blocked?
The middle indicator lamp flashes.— Is your domestic sewer system blocked?

Zanussi DI series, DS series, DW series, ZT series dishwasher troubleshooting

There are over 150 models within the Zanussi DI, DS, DW, and ZT series. Most of them are dishwashers with comparatively low capacity (8 or 12 standard place settings). Whatever different their design is, the methods of troubleshooting are the same. This is exactly what the table below is about.

PROBLEMACTION
If the machine won’t start...— Make sure the appliance is properly plugged in and that the socket switch is in the «on» position.
— Check that there is power in the socket, by plugging in an appliance which you know to be working — a small lamp for example. If this too fails to work, check the main circuit fuses in your home’s consumer unit or the main fuse box.
— Make sure the water tap is fully open.
— Check that the door is firmly shut.
— Check that you have pressed the start button.
If the machine won’t fill...— Make sure taps and stop cocks are turned on.
— Make sure the supply hose/hoses are not sharply bent.
If the machine won’t drain...— Check that the drain hose is not bent, blocked, or obstructed in any other way.
— Make sure that the filter is not clogged.
If the crockery does not come out clean...
— Make sure that you are using a detergent specially made for dishwasher.
— Make sure that you are using enough detergent.
— Check that you have loaded the crockery etc correctly.
— Check that the spray arms are able to turn freely and that the nozzles are not blocked or obstructed.
— Make sure that the filter is clean.
If you Find the crockery streaked with lime deposits...— Check that there is enough salt in the container.
— Check that there is enough rinse aid in the container.
— Make sure that the quantity of rinse aid being dispensed is sufficient (see page 12).
If you find traces of tea and coffee or lipstick left on the crockery...— Make sure you are using enough detergent
If you think that the crockery or cutlery has a salty taste...— Make sure that the cap of the salt container is tightly screwed down.
The crockery is not completely dry— If the crockery remains in the machine for a long period of time after washing, condensation may occur on the inner walls of the dishwasher and on the crockery itself.
If the machine vibrates badly or is too noisy...— Check that the machine is absolutely level.

Zanussi ZIDW series, ZDW series, ZWG series dishwasher troubleshooting

A typical dishwasher from the ZIDW, ZDW, or ZWG series produced by the Italian company Zanussi is a reliable basic model with a 8 to 12 standard place settings capacity. If you notice any suspicious symptom, refer to the table below for an explanation and recommendations on troubleshooting your appliance.

ProblemPossible causePossible solution
The programme does not start.— The mains plug is not connected in the mains socket.
— The appliance door is open.
— The fuse in the fuse box is damaged.
— Connect the mains plug.
— Close the appliance door.
— Replace the fuse.
The appliance does not fill with water.— The water tap is closed.
— The water pressure is too low.
— The water tap is clogged or there is limescale on it.
— The filter in the water inlet hose is clogged.
— The water inlet hose has a kink or a bend.
— The anti-flood device is on. There are water leakages in the appliance.
— Open the water tap.
— Contact your local water authority.
— Clean the water tap.
— Clean the filter.
— Make sure that the position of the hose is correct.
— Close the water tap and contact the Service.
The appliance does not drain the water.— The sink spigot is clogged.
— The water drain hose has a kink or a bend.
— Clean the sink spigot.
— Make sure that the position of the hose is correct.
The dishes are not clean.— The filters are clogged.
— The filters are not correctly assem- bled and installed.
— The spray arms are clogged.
— The programme was not applicable for the type of load and soil.
— Incorrect position of the items in the baskets. Water could not wash all items.
— The spray arms could not turn freely.
— The quantity of detergent was not sufficient.
— There was no detergent in the deter- gent dispenser.
— Clean the filters.
— Make sure that the filters are correctly assembled and installed.
— Remove remaining soil with a thin pointed object.
— Make sure that the programme is ap- plicable for the type of load and soil.
— Make sure that the position of the items in the baskets is correct and that the water can easily wash all items.
— Make sure that the position of the items in the baskets is correct and does not cause the blockage of the spray arms.
— Make sure that you add the correct quantity of detergent in the dispenser before you start a programme.
— Make sure that you add detergent in the dispenser before you start a pro- gramme.
Limescale particles on the dishes.— The salt container is empty.
— The set level of the water softener is incorrect.
— The cap of the salt container is loose.
— Make sure that there is dishwasher salt in the salt container.
— Make sure that the set level of the wa- ter softener agrees with the water hardness in your area.
— Tighten the cap.
Whitish streaks and stains or bluish layers on glasses and dishes.— The released quantity of rinse aid is too much.
— The quantity of detergent was too much.
— Decrease the released quantity of rinse aid .
— Make sure that you add the correct quantity of detergent in the dispenser before you start a programme.
Dry water drop stains on glasses and dishes.— The released quantity of rinse aid was not sufficient.
— The quality of the detergent can be the cause.
— Increase the released quantity of rinse aid.
— Try a different brand of detergent.
The dishes are wet.— The programme had no drying phase.— Set a programme with the drying phase.
The dishes are wet and matt.— The rinse aid dispenser is empty.
— The quality of the rinse aid can be the cause.
— Make sure that there is rinse aid in the rinse aid dispenser.
— Try a different brand of rinse aid.