Sometimes a dishwasher needs repairing simply because it is getting old and components are starting to wear out. Other times, a problem develops because the machine has been neglected to a certain extent. Using certain strategies can help you extend the longevity of your dishwasher and prevent the need for repair work in the future.
Scrape Food Off Dishes & Pans
You shouldn't have to rinse dishes and pans before loading them into the machine, but scraping pieces of food off is a good idea. Leaving a small amount of spaghetti sauce is OK, but hardened pieces of pasta adhered to the plate is not.
Organic debris that comes loose in the dishwasher can get stuck and even become solidified in the spinning arm holes. That blocks water from flowing out. It also can quickly clog up the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher, leading to debris staying in the water and later appearing on dishes, glasses and flatware.
Wipe Away Grease
Wipe cooking grease off pans instead of just loading them into the dishwasher. Grease clogs the filter and builds up on the interior of the drain hose. In addition, although dishwashers are generally effective at getting off minimal amounts of substances such as ketchup and gravy, the hot water and soap really doesn't work on large amounts of grease. The pans tend to still be oily after the cycle is finished.
Clean the Dishwasher Interior
Occasionally clean the interior by wiping the racks and other surfaces with a soft cloth and some white vinegar. You also can add 1 cup of white vinegar to the bottom of the machine and run a cycle with no dishes inside. Cleaning with vinegar removes the grime -- including soap scum -- that can accumulate on the interior surfaces and create unpleasant odors. If this never gets done, odors may become entrenched and be very difficult to eliminate completely.
Clean the Filters and Arms
Check the spray arms after each load and remove any debris you find. A toothpick or pipe cleaner work well. Cleaning the filter can be done less often. Start with once a month and see whether it accumulates grime in that amount of time. Unscrew the filter and take it out. Rinse away any organic debris you find, then use an old toothbrush to clean the contraption with a little dish soap. Soak the filter in a blend of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup warm water for a short time before putting it back
When you have a dishwasher repair technician like Appliance Technology come to your residence, ask about any other ways to keep the appliance in good working order. Use all the strategies to extend its longevity far beyond the average life of a dishwasher.