Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

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dishwasher maintenance

Keep your dishwasher working the same as the day you bought it.

Dishwashers are one of the most important appliances in modern households. Not only do dishwashers make our lives easier by simplifying the chore of cleaning dirty dishes, but they also use significantly less water than if one were to wash their dishes by hand. Following good dishwashing maintenance practices can help make sure your dishwasher stays in excellent condition for years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your dishwasher.

Scrape Your Plates

No one wants to wash their dishes before running the dishwasher. It would seem redundant, right?  Wrong. It’s important to scrape uneaten food off your plate before dumping it into your dishwasher. Scraping off the food bits will help reduce food particles sticking to your plates and other parts of your dishwasher.

Clean Your Cleaning Machine

Many people mistakenly overlook the need to clean their dishwashers because, well, dishwashers clean things. Use a household cleaner and a rag to remove food particles stuck between the door and the bottom of the tub. Use a pipe cleaner to get into harder to reach areas, the filter and to clean the spray arms. Another good idea is to run an empty dishwasher with a cup of white vinegar. This will clean out old food particles and keep your dishwasher smelling fresh. Cleaning your dishwasher periodically will help avoid mold growth.

Make Necessary Repairs

Keep an eye out for broken or damaged components inside your dishwasher. The plastic coating on your dishwasher racks may wear over time, so it’s important to replace them to prevent the racks from rusting and allowing rusty metal shards from entering your dishwasher’s pump. Get a professional to help repair broken valves, pumps, spinners or gaskets.

Don’t Overload

Overloading your dishwasher will restrict its ability to properly distribute water to all of your dishes. You will end up rewashing your dishes and wasting water. Although sometimes easier said than done, washing a few pieces by hand is better than rerunning an entire load.

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