Dishwashers are some of the most underrated appliances in a home. Imagine of all the time and labor the machine saves you? But how much time and costs do you invest towards maintaining this appliance? Ideally, no one wants to imagine a day without their dishwasher, which is why maintaining the machine should be so important. In the next few minutes, we shall look at the different ways you can prevent your dishwasher from getting damaged, how you can fix common problems and how to regularly clean it.
Periodically Clean the Interior
Food particles often collect on the interiors of a dishwasher, and this could heavily damage its efficiency. However, you can easily eliminate them with a deodorizer and a warm rug. A deodorizer is especially effective at eliminating any kinds of mold and bacteria that could be inside your machine. You can also use a pipe cleaner for lifting the food particles that won’t come out when you use a normal rug. If the machine is a bit old, invest in a rust-removing solution as well.
Clean the Filters, screens and Sprayer arms
Every dishwasher has at least one filter. Most of the filters are located at the lower spray arm of the machine, and are very important in helping the machine clean your dishes effectively. However, they hold a lot of food particles and dirt in them which can reduce efficiency over time. As such, learn how to remove the filter, replace or clean it from your machine’s manual. In the end, a clean filter results in a great performing pump and functioning motor seals. On the other hand, check your machine’s screens and sprayer arms from time to time. They also hold debris and food particles that reduce the washer’s efficiency. To maintain them, soak the sprayer in arm vinegar regularly. After that, always remove the debris found in between the sprayer holes.
Use Water Optimally
Dish washers use a lot of water in any given day. But the more water you can save, the higher the probability your machine will last longer. Again, work towards saving on energy used by the dishwasher. For this, try to limit the machine’s heating temperatures to 130 degrees. On the other hand, adjust the water temperatures that flow into the machine, so that it can be ideal for the washer to start working immediately. In any case, your goal should to have a machine that work efficiently without having to work harder than it should.
Use recommended Cleaning Solutions
The cleaning detergents you use on your dishwasher can greatly affect its overall performance and durability. And because of this; you should only stick to the cleaning solutions recommended for use by the manufacturer. In most cases, powdered detergents work better in eliminating foul smells, in removing debris and in reducing water used by your dishwasher. Gels are good too, but they sometimes work inefficiently with hard water. Some of them could also clog your detergent dispenser or dissolve the machine’s seals if they contain chlorine bleach.
Never Overload your dishwasher
Never get tempted into adding an extra bowl or pot into your dishwasher. Instead, clean only the number of dishes you machines can handle at a time, and if possible hand clean the rest. Again, learn to use the right cycle when cleaning your dishes. Using a shorter and lighter setting could save your time for instance, but it could heavily damage your machine in the long run. After all, you will want your machine to run longer and perform efficiently during that period.
Troubleshooting Dishwasher Problems
A leaking Dishwasher
If your dish washer leaks, check for cracking or damaged seals. And if it is the case, call your plumber immediately. However, if you can notice any broken seals, make sure you use only enough detergents. Too much use of detergents can cause your machine to overflow for instance.
A fast Discoloring Dishwasher
If you notice that the interiors of your dishwashers are discolored or stained, don’t panic. Sometimes food particles from tomatoes could be the source of discoloring. However, rust too could make your dishwasher start to wear. In case the problem is with food debris; you can always use cleaning detergents that can handle citric acid. You can also eliminate rust with cleaning solutions, but you may need a technician to fix any damage caused by exposure to metal.
Dishwasher never gets clean
If your machine never gets clean no matter what you do, consider the following. For one, always use enough hot water. Enough water means that it can reach the heating element. On the other hand, the ideal heating temperatures should be around 130 degrees. If your water never reaches the heating element, trying calling a plumber to fix the problem. You may also check for blockages in different parts of your machine and note where the problem could be.