6 dishwasher maintenance tips
Regular maintenance is a simple and effective way to keep your dishwasher functioning optimally for years. Here are six steps to get you started.
1. Wipe it down regularly
Use a cloth to remove remaining bits of food from the bottom of your dishwasher after every cycle. This simple routine will prevent a buildup of debris and help keep your dishwasher functioning optimally. Don’t forget to wipe down the edges and exterior of the door since these areas are never exposed to the appliance’s cleaning cycle.
2. Give it a thorough clean
Once a month, run your empty dishwasher through a normal cycle with hot water. Instead of detergent, use cleaning tablets or place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack. This will loosen soap scum and grease from all the surfaces inside your dishwasher.
3. Check for clogs
Two components of your dishwasher should be checked regularly for clogs. The drain is a common place for food scraps to accumulate while dirty water is swept away. In addition to removing large particles after every cycle, take the drain apart every few weeks to check for blockages and clean the components.
4. Check the seal
A dishwasher gasket — the rubber seal that lines tub opening — creates a water-tight seal around the door of the appliance. A worn out or damaged gasket will allow water to leak out of the dishwasher and pool on the floor around the appliance. To prevent a mess and potential water damage, inspect your dishwasher gasket for signs of deterioration and replace it when necessary.
5. Load it properly
Before you turn on the dishwasher, make sure there aren’t any dishes blocking the path of the spray arms. Overloading a dishwasher decreases its efficiency and puts a strain on the machine. It also increases the risk of dishes breaking and damaging the mechanisms.
6. Call a plumber
A malfunctioning dishwasher could signal a plumbing issue, such as a leaky pipe. These types of problems should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent water damage. To schedule an appointment with a plumber in Vancouver, Richmond, New Westminster or the surrounding communities, contact Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating Ltd. today.