Basic Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

30 December 2014
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You want to make sure you provide your kitchen appliances with proper maintenance and upkeep so you can avoid dealing with expensive repairs or complete replacements. If you use a dishwasher, you want to make sure you follow the tips below to keep it running well for as long as possible.

Keep the inside of the dishwasher clean

Many people think that a dishwasher doesn't need to be cleaned since it is used to clean the dishes. However, you will want to clean your dishwasher regularly to avoid a build-up in the space between the door and tub-bottom. Food particles and other debris can gather in this area and this can lead to the growth of mold.

You want to clean the area with a warm rag and regular cleaner. Wipe the space repeatedly until you see it's clean and free of all dirt and food particles. You also want to take a sewing needle to remove debris from the holes on the sprayer arms so they don't become clogged and stop working correctly. You should also make it a point to wipe down the rubber strip around the door and clean out the soap tray if you notice it's developing a build-up of soap.

If your dishwasher has a filter located under the spray arm, then you want to make sure to inspect the filter often. You want to look in the owner's manual and read on how to properly remove and clean the filter then make sure to do so regularly. Replace the filter if you notice it has holes or other damage. Ignoring a damaged filter can led to other problems, such as issues with the pump and motor.

Run your dishwasher in the correct manner

When you run your dishwasher, you want to make sure you do it correctly. This includes making sure you don't overload it. When you overload the dishwasher with too many dishes or with dishes that are very heavy, it can cause the rack to bend or break and it isn't good on the dishwasher. Your dishes also won't get as clean because the water and soap won't be able to reach all of the dishes. This wastes water by requiring you to wash some of the dishes over again.

Learn about your dishwasher and do simple repairs yourself

Go through your owner's manual and learn about the basic components so you can do simple repairs yourself. Some components such as rollers, spinners, racks and gaskets are simple to repair and replace without the need for a repairman. If you notice any problems you can't diagnose or repair on your own, you want to have the dishwasher looked at by an appliance repair professional right away, before more problems develop.