It is rare to see a home without a dishwasher these days. We love our dishwashers especially if we have a big family or lots of guests visiting. If you entertain in your home, you really depend on it. Three meals a day with a lot of people in and out of your home means a lot of dishes.
Obviously, you want to extend the life of your appliance as long as you can so here are tips for routine maintenance to extend the life of your dishwasher.
Routinely check some of the key components of your dishwasher. This can save you money in repair and replacement costs. Rust, mold and mildew can develop due to the extreme temperatures, constant moisture and moving parts.
Inspect these items to see if there are any indicators of damage or deterioration:
Break out your manual and see the timeframes to change your filters and other items the manufacturer recommends doing.
Use of Appliance
Make sure you rinse off any chunks of food before you place the plate or utensil in the dishwasher. Your dishwasher has a recirculating pump that could spray the food onto your dishes.
Run your dishwasher regularly to get rid of excess. Running your dishwasher frequently will keep debris from settling in the bottom of the appliance.
Make sure you are using the proper detergent and dosage for your specific appliance. Your manufacturer will be able to give you the specifics.
Use an acid based cleaner once or twice a month which will keep it smelling like new. This will help you remove any mold or mildew that might be growing in this damp space. You could even try using bleach in the dishwasher to sanitize it.
Most dishwashers have a rinse aid dispenser. Use one to create a barrier to help water “sheet” off your dishes. It leaves them spot free.
The drain is at the very bottom of your dishwasher. This is a common place where food debris builds up which will cause a clog or mildew and mold to grow and get on your clean dishes. This will also allow the dirty water to exit.
Repair or Service
If your appliance is not working at peak performance, a repair might be required or at least a service check. Make sure to call an experienced quality dishwasher specialist who will restore it to top condition.
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is the local appliance repair company that you can count on. For 10+ years, our family owned business has been serving customers in Pinellas County. We specialize in repairing appliances including refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers and much more. Call our appliance and repair service at 727-510-3524 email us to get the job done or to schedule your appointment.