Dishwasher Preventive Maintenance Tips
By Victoria Baeker
Updated: June 4th, 2019
Imagine how messy your kitchen would be with unwashed dishes and bowls if your dishwasher breaks down! Washing those utensils & dishes manually can be cumbersome.
You can stay away from such tricky situations by taking good care of your dishwasher. We have provided below, a simple list for maintaining the appliance. This guide will not only help you to reduce dishwasher maintenance expenses but also increase the life of the dish washer.
Even if you have an appliance warranty plan, warranty companies expect you to maintain your appliances in good condition before carrying out any repair related work.
Dishwasher Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
Here you can learn about how to maintain a dishwasher.
If you have been using your household dishwasher regularly, then frequent cleaning is not recommended for the interiors of the dish washer. Fortunately, dishwashers don’t need cleaning very often and it’s not hard to clean them.
When you decide to clean them, follow the steps below.
- Firstly, empty the household dishwasher completely. The steps that follow should be performed when the dishwasher is empty.
- Check all the spinning arms. Look to make sure all the holes are open so that water can run through them freely.
- Clear any debris out of the holes in spinning arms. Use fine pointed or needle-nose pliers if you have some. Otherwise, try a toothpick or something similar. Take care not to scratch anything if you’re using a tool with a metal point.
- Wipe around the edges of the door and around the gasket. Use a damp cloth and, if you like, a mild spray cleaner. An old toothbrush or other soft, household brush can help get into corners and up under the gasket.
- Clean under the bottom of the door. In some dishwashers, this is a dead spot where water doesn’t go, so it can accumulate debris. Wipe this off.
- Inspect the bottom of your dishwasher around the drain. There will be a grate or grill under the arm. This is where waste water exits. Look for debris clogging up this area. You shouldn’t have to clean this often if you’re careful about what you put in your household dishwasher, but you should remove any solid matter that builds up, especially bits of food, shards of broken dishes, gravel, etc. You may be able to pick up solid objects accumulated on the outside by hand.
- Remove hard water deposits or scale, if needed. Run one cycle of your dishwasher empty, with a mild, food acid of your choice. Avoid using bleach and detergents containing bleach if your dishwasher has a stainless steel interior or door.
- Spray the front of your dishwasher with a mild spray cleaner of your choice and wipe it with a sponge or soft cloth. Pay particular attention to the controls and the handle. Also, don’t miss the little ledge between panels. It tends to collect dirt.
- Refill your dishwasher’s rinse aid dispenser about once per month. Rinse aid helps to prevent spots on your dishes.
The above simple maintenance of dishwasher tips can make your dishwasher run efficiently and reliably. They also help in extending the life span of your dishwasher leading to prevention of high replacement or repair bills.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the top ten dishwashers:
- Bosch 300 Series Dishwasher
- Maytag MDB4949SHZ Dishwasher
- Miele Lumen EcoFlex Dishwasher
- Samsung StormWash Dishwasher
- SPT SD-9241 Portable Dishwasher
- LG LDP6797BM Smart Dishwasher
- SPT SD-2225DS Countertop Dishwasher
- KitchenAid KDTE334GPS Dishwasher
- Thermador Star-Sapphire Series Dishwasher
- Bosch – 300 Series 18
The main reason why stainless steel dishwasher interiors is a trend is because its sturdy and maintenance free. They employ lower-wattage heating element for drying and this saves energy and protects the heat-sensitive items in the lower rack.
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