The Iconic Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers have been around for over a decade.

One of the things most people fail to recognise is that when they buy a set of Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers they are actually buying two fully functional dishwashers. So if the top one fails because a part breaks then there is a good chance the same part in the bottom one will also break as both are about the same age. 

As with all great ideas the Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers were revolutionary for their time and the things that made them popular when they were first brought out still make them a very popular seller today:

  1. Being able to do smaller loads more often.
  2. Having a place to put dirty dishes whilst the dishwasher is cleaning. 

When it comes to dishwasher repair gold coast,  there are a few things to remember: 

  • The older machines (i.e. 8-10 years old) are harder to repair and tend to have more problems because quite a deal of research and development has been put into newer models.
  • If you have a problem in the top unit you will often find the same problem will develop in the lower unit.
  • Water leaking from the top unit may well cause problems with the lower unit.

That said those people who love their Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers would never have anything else.

So what are the most common problems the Fisher Dish drawers tends to have?

1. The F1 error

With a double Draw Dish draw, you will often find if one breaks both draws seem to fault. The most common fault is an F1 fault, which is a leaking fault. Unfortunately whilst a F1 fault does tell the technician that there is a leak it cannot tell exactly where that leak is to be found and as all of the electronics that control your Fisher Dishdrawer are to be found in the bottom of the dishwasher ‘no leak is a good leak’.

Naturally enough if the top draw leaks the water flows down. Most often it will end up in the base of the bottom draw this sets off the float switch. Because the machine can’t tell where the leak has come from both draws will flash and try to drain, stopping you using either.


2. Cockroaches

Inside most major appliances is a computerised main control board known in the trade as a ‘PCB’. The PCB is the computer ‘brain’ of the machine and it is the PCB that tells the Fisher Dishdrawer how long to wash, when to rinse and when to dry.

It is a fact that electronic PCBs and water just don’t mix. So in order for the manufacturer of the Dish draw to prevent water damage a special water sealant coating is applied to the board. Unfortunately the sealant is delicious if you happen to be a cockroach. Given the space containing the PCB is also safe, warm and dry it also provides a lovely home for Cockroaches. But when a cockroach runs across the board while it is running they can create a short circuit and that in turn destroys the board. Cockroach dirt can also cause the same problem.

To avoid this type of damage you need to have your machine properly sprayed. Having your kitchen professionally sprayed regularly is a good start. Making sure your professional ‘Pest Control Agent’ knows to treat in and around the Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawers unit specifically is very important. You should also spray around the unit (top side and bottom) using a retail type pest spray just to be sure you maintain the protection barrier. Take particular care to spray the join where the board joins the lid and front panel as this is where the little devils get in.

3. Lid Actuators

The third most common fault is that of lids failure. I this case it is highly recommended you get the lid actuator (things that lift the lid up and down) of both draws replaced. The labour to replace a lid actuator is very high as the entire machine needs to be totally stripped down to the bare bones. As you have two lid actuators (one in each draw) if both are of the same age there is a good chance both will break withing months of one another. There is nothing worse than having one replaced and then a couple of months later the second one goes and the customer has to pay for all that labour to strip the appliance again.

Commonly you also find that both of the PCB’s will need replacing when the lid actuators break. PCBs are expensive so as this is an expensive repair you will need to consider whether it is worthwhile or not in terms of the overall age of the machine.

fisher & paykel dish drawers seal4. Leaking Seals

These can be difficult to diagnose and repair. The only way to find the leak is to strip the whole machine and identify water damage. Sometimes water damage it not readily visible particularly on a relatively new leak. Regardless of what you find as the seals are such an important part of a Fisher Dishdrawer they are hard to get at and that translates into long repair times which means higher than average labour charges.

Unfortunately until the machine is operating under full load you simply cannot see many leaks. New leaks will often only cause intermittent problems (i.e. it will leak for one wash and then not for several more washes). These types of fault can be very difficult to diagnose for obvious reasons. The most obvious of all is that a technician cannot stand watching the machine for many hours hoping to see the leak.


In summary repairing Fisher Paykel Dish Drawers is one of the more expensive home appliance repairs. The price of the parts is relatively high, the complexity of the machine and the fact that often have too repair two machines makes repairing a Dish Draw a ‘labour of love’ from time to time.