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A Guide to Dishwasher Care and Repairs

Woman Loading A Dishwasher
The dishwasher plays a big role in your home. With proper care, a quality dishwasher can last around 10 years. Use this guide to keep your dishwasher running with some basic maintenance and occasional repairs.

Load the Dishwasher Properly

While proper loading practices help to get your dishes as clean as possible, the way that you place items in the dishwasher also affects its longevity. For instance, plastic pieces, such as those that come with baby bottles, can fall onto the heating coils and melt if they are not properly contained.
You should also use caution as you place items on the top rack. Dishes and cookware that are extremely tall or that have long handles could get trapped in the spray arms and cause them to break. Always make sure that the moving components of the dishwasher are not blocked by dishes, and use containers to hold small items.

De-Clog the Spray Arms

Over time, the holes in the spray arms can become clogged with mineral deposits or dried pieces of food that fly upwards during the cleaning process. For this reason, you need to watch for signs of a clogged spray arm, such as the dishes not being fully clean at the end of a wash cycle.
To de-clog the spray arms, remove them from the dishwasher while the appliance is off. Then use a small wire to remove any debris that is inside the sprayer holes. Once you are done, you can return the sprayer arms back to their position and run the dishwasher through a cycle to make sure they work.

Clean the Filter

Dishwashers have filters located at the bottom that help to trap debris so that it does not clog the drain. Once a week, remove the filter and clean it with a brush to remove debris. Then you can rinse it out under running water. A clean filter helps prevent issues such as water pooling in the bottom of the dishwasher.

Check the Gaskets

The rubber seal around the dishwasher helps to keep water from running out of the appliance. Over time, constant exposure to water and chemicals can cause the rubber to degrade.
To slow down the degrading process, dry the gasket off when it is wet. Then check it regularly for signs of wear such as cracks that indicate a need for replacement.

Inspect the Hoses

Dishwashers have two main hoses: the supply line and the drain hose. Over time, either of these can become worn or clogged and cause a leak. Inspect these hoses regularly to make sure that they are securely attached and have not developed holes or cracks that could cause water to seep out.

Remove Buildup

Household tap water often contains minerals that can create buildup in the dishwasher. Although this is most prevalent in communities with hard water, calcium and other minerals can still leave deposits in any dishwasher.
Check for signs of buildup in your dishwasher, such as white or gray film on the interior of the appliance. If you see buildup, you can place a glass with about two cups of vinegar in the bottom rack and run the machine through a cycle to remove it.

Respond to Warning Signs

Over time, most dishwashers do require repairs to keep them running at peak efficiency. Watch out for warning signs such as water pooling in the bottom, dishes that are still dirty after a wash cycle and strange noises coming from the appliance. Then arrange for prompt repairs to prevent the issue from getting worse.
At CRC Appliance Repair Service, we have the parts necessary to repair all makes and models of dishwashers. Give us a call at the first sign of a problem so that we can help extend the life of your kitchen appliance.