You dishwasher needs cleaning and maintenance in order for it to get your dishes as clean as possible. Dirt and food particle can accumulate inside your dishwasher leading to problems with its performance and dirtier dishes. Here’s what you should be cleaning.
Clean and Check the Gasket Seal around the Dishwasher
The gasket or seal that surrounds the dishwasher door helps prevent any small leaks from your dishwasher. Food, detergent and dirt can build up here, so be sure to wipe around the door using a warm soapy cloth. Check the door seal for any rips or cracks which could lead to small leaks. Order a new door gasket seal using the model number of your dishwasher from www.EveryAppliancePart.com.
Use Affresh or Lemi Shine to Clean the Inside of the Dishwasher
Gets rid of smells and hard-water mineral stains and build up with a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh or Lemi-Shine. These cleaners also remove detergent residue which can affect the cleanliness of your dishes.
Clean the Filter
Food gets trapped in the filter in order to prevent it from clogging the dishwasher pump. Make sure you are removing and washing the filter once a week in order to prevent smells and help the dishwasher drain properly. Remove the filter from the bottom of the machine and clean it in warm soapy water. Rinse and replace the filter back in the dishwasher.
Clean the Spray Arms
Clean the Detergent Dispenser
Over time, detergent can build up inside and outside of the soap dispenser which might impair the way it operates. Prevent a breakdown by scrubbing away dried or caked-on soap detergent to make sure the dispenser can operate properly. If the dispenser no longer closes or opens, replace it.
Clean the Dishwasher Utensil Baskets
Food particles can become trapped in the holes of a utensil basket or tray. Be sure to remove these and soak them in soapy warm water. Rinse and replace them back into the dishwasher.
Repair the Dish Racks
Cracked dishwasher tines on a dishwasher rack can rust and leave rusty deposits on the inside of your dishwasher and on the dishes. Use a tine repair kit to fix cracked or missing coating on the individual dishwasher tines.
If the dish racks are not rolling out easily, check for missing wheels or rollers and replace them.
Dishwasher Not Draining? Check and Replace the Drain Hose
Over time, the dishwasher drain hose can become clogged with food remnants, dirt and sludge. The hose can also become kinked, leading to draining problems. If you have frequent dishwasher draining issues, it might be due to a faulty drain hose which should be replaced.
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