A dishwasher is a nice convenience to have in your kitchen. It allows you to clean and sanitize the dishes without standing at the sink for an hour and ending up with pruny hands. In order to keep your dishwasher working like new and cleaning your dishes properly, in addition to avoiding the high cost of repairs or replacement, you need to maintain your dishwasher. Maintenance on your appliance is not too difficult and can be done by yourself. See below for dishwasher maintenance tips.
Cleaning The Dishwasher
To clean your dishwasher you need to begin with an empty dishwasher. Replace your regular detergent with white vinegar in the detergent bin. Run the dishwasher as you normally would. The white vinegar will help to remove hard water and can help get rid of any smells. Once the cycle is finished, use a rag soaked in the white vinegar and wipe down the seals around the door. You can do this cleaning method a few times per year.
Inspect The Dishwasher
After the dishwasher is clean, open the door and inspect the inside. Look for any food particles stuck in the bottom of the drain. Clean out what you can see. Then inspect the sprayer arms for food particles or for any clogs from hard water. If you see hard water in the sprayer arms, you can try to run a cycle with a 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed with baking soda. If the sprayer arms are still clogged, you'll need to take the sprayer arms off.
Removing Sprayer Arms
If the sprayer arms on your dishwasher are clogged, take the arms off using a screwdriver. Clogged sprayer arms may cause your dishes to look cloudy, or may cause your dishes to remain dirty. Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of vinegar, along with some water, and soak the sprayer arms in your kitchen sink, in a plastic tote or in a plastic garbage bag. Allow the sprayer arms to soak for an hour or more. Then rinse them with clean water. Inspect them again, look to see if they are still clogged. If they are, you can use a toothpick to gently pick out the hard water from the spray nozzles. Wipe them clean with a microfiber cloth and replace them in your dishwasher.
Maintaining your dishwasher allows your dishwasher to run properly each and every time and can also extend the life of your dishwasher. Contact a repair shop, like American Appliance INC, for more help.