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Removing Melted Plastic from a Dishwasher Heating Element

Whirlpool Dishwasher Heating Element W10703867

Whirlpool Dishwasher Heating Element W10703867

It happens — a plastic food container lid or a cooking utensil falls out of the top rack of your dishwasher and lands of the heating coil. It happened to blogger Jean of “Yikes Money.” She wrote a good tutorial on how to she removed the melted plastic from her dishwasher’s heating coil and it might help you.

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How to clean your dishwasher

It seems funny that an appliance you use for cleaning, needs cleaning itself. However, over time, build up from hard water minerals, soap, food and other debris can really affect your dishwasher’s ability to get your dishes clean. To prevent this — and larger repair bills down the road — clean your dishwasher regularly.

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Over time, mineral deposits from hard water, food, and detergent build-up and residue can really affect your dishwasher’s ability to clean.

First, clean any glass, plastic, food or other debris that ends up near the drain filter at the bottom of your dishwasher. You can use either paper towels or a cloth to wipe around the bottom of your dishwasher. Be careful, as broken glass and other sharp objects can be hiding there, not easily seen.

You can also use a dishwasher cleaner like affresh to clean your dishwasher, or use white vinegar to clean your machine.

To use affresh, simply place a pod in your machine’s detergent dispenser and run a regular cycle. The detergent will help remove any mineral deposit build-up from hard water along with excess detergent and soap residue, mildew, smells and stains inside your dishwasher.

If you want to go the homemade way, place your vinegar in a mug or bowl in the upper rack of your dishwasher and run a normal cycle using the hottest water possible.  Stop your dishwasher in the middle of the cycle (before the wash cycle) while the bottom is full of water and pour two cups of white vinegar into the standing water in the bottom. Let it soak for 30 minutes and finish cleaning the wall of your dishwasher. Close the door and let your dishwasher finish the rest of its cycle.

If you have any food stains on the inside of your dishwasher, use baking soda (a cup will do) and run it through a separate cycle after the vinegar cleaning.  This will also add a fantastic clean smell to your dishwasher.

Now might be a good time to also inspect your appliance; how do the dishwasher racks look? If you notice the plastic coating on your dishwasher racks broken or chipped off, you can repair them with a dishwasher rack tine repair kit.

You can also buy dishwasher rack replacement roller parts so your dishwasher racks will move more smoothly when you load and unload dishes.

However, if your racks are badly damaged and rusting and you have noticed rust stains in your appliance or on your dishes, it might be time to replace your dishwasher racks with new ones.

Do you have any dishwasher cleaning tips?

Vintage Making a Comeback!

Here at Every Appliance Part, we are loving the look of vintage appliances in updated kitchens.  The traditional style appliances alongside today’s clean and contemporary fixtures really makes a kitchen pop.

What do you think about vintage styles? Would you bring a vintage appliance into your kitchen?

Let us know what you think!

Squeaky Clean Efficiency

An important part of your dishwasher’s efficiency is how well you take care of it. There are several ways to ensure it maintains it’s peak performance.

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One of the main arguments about using dishwashers is whether or not to rinse off your dishes before putting them in.  I will always suggest rinsing off your dishes; this makes it easier for your dishwasher to clean dishes, and prevents clogging in the bottom of the tub from food debris left over from your meal.

Running your dishwasher through a cycle without anything in it will clean out it’s pipes.  I like to use a bit of vinegar in the wash tray to make sure everything is squeaky clean.  It may not smell too good, but it will do the job and lengthen the life of your appliance.

One of my main problems is always overloading the dishwasher.  I like to pack it all in to minimize the amount dishes I might have to do by hand.  This, however, never works out in my favor.  There’s almost always some sort of food residue left over on my plates and bowls. Making sure your dishes are loaded properly, and spaced out will ensure that your dishes will all get clean (and no residue). Image

For further information on dishwasher efficiency and maintenance visit here.

If you need to replace anything on your dishwasher, make sure to visit our site, and give us a call to help you find what you’re looking for.

Clean Your Dishes, Not Your Floor

If you’ve been having problems with a leaky dishwasher, your problem may be solved with an easy fix.  Often times after a couple years of use, the gasket that seals the dishwasher door shut and prevents it from leaking will dry rot, or lose its ability to seal.  This will make your appliance leak while its running, making for a watery mess to clean up.

Luckily, all that needs to be done (in most cases) is to replace the door gasket.

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Just rip out the old one and remove the residue on your appliance from the left over adhesive.  Dry fit the new gasket into the same place as the old gasket to make sure it is the right length before you apply the adhesive.  If it’s too long, you can easily trim it to make it fit.  The next step is to apply the adhesive to the track where the gasket goes, and push the gasket into place. The adhesive will take about 24 hours to completely cure, and you’ll need to keep your dishwasher shut during this period to make sure it stays in place. After it cures, you’ll have a leak proof dishwasher again!

If you have any questions about what gasket is used with your appliance, give us a call!

Stuck? You’re in Luck!

Dishwashers, when they’re functioning properly, are the most helpful and time saving appliances in the kitchen.  These guys are the cleaning powerhouses that keep your dishes sparkling. When your dishwasher breaks, it can be frustrating having to clean dishes by hand while you’re trying to find the parts you need.

One common dishwasher problem is a broken roller adjuster.  The roller adjuster is the guide that keeps your dishwasher racks sliding in and out of the tub smoothly. When these break, often times it is a struggle to pull out the racks to load or unload the appliance.

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Luckily, this is another easy fix.  All you’ll have to do is pull out the broken rack, take a few screws off of the adjuster, and replace it with the new one! Just remember where the adjuster was so you can put the new one in the same place.
If you have any questions about what adjuster is compatible with your appliance, give us a call! We are always happy to help answer any questions.

Abracadabra – Dishwasher Magic!

Do you own a portable dishwasher, or perhaps a portable washing machine?  Do you have different faucet adapters for the multiple faucets you use?  It’s always so frustrating trying to keep them not only organized, but easily accessible as well.  They’re so small, and they easily slip through cracks or roll under things that aren’t easily moved.

The great thing about technology these days is that there is a fix for everything.

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This faucet adapter is convertible from male threading to female threading, and back again!  It’s like magic!

Not really, but the gasket on the inside can be removed to switch the threading from one type to the other, making my life, and yours, so much easier.  I leave mine on my dishwasher, and just switch the gasket around depending on where I need to use my dishwasher.

If you need help determining which adapter is right for you, we are always here to help!

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