Tips and Advice for Extending the Life of Your Dishwasher

  • By Tim Flinders
  • 27 Sep, 2017
Most households use their dishwasher at least once a day, usually more if they have a larger family. This appliance is one of the key appliances that you look for when you are renting or buying a home. They can set you back hundreds of dollars if you need to replace them and can lead to costly repairs if you don't maintain them properly.

With that in mind, here are some tips and advice for extending the life of your dishwasher.

Clean Out Filters

The first way to extend the life of your dishwasher, and to extend the time between repairs, is to clean out the filters. It may surprise you to find out that your dishwasher does have a filter or trap to catch debris and grease that may be on the dishes, even after you rinse them.

You should remove this filter and clean it out at least every few cycles or on a routine weekly basis. Make sure that it is cleaned of any debris and that the area around the filter is cleaned as well.

You can use a mild detergent and water or a vinegar and water mixture to clean the filters and remove the grease. If you still feel a grease-like film, consider soaking the filter for a few hours to remove this issue.

Clean Off Grease

Grease does not just build up on the filter. It can build up on the arms of the sprayer, in the bottom of the dishwasher, and on the sides. The reason that this is an issue is because the grease can be redeposited on your dishes during the washing cycle.

This can lead to the grease flowing into the grease trap or filters. It can also lead to the grease entering the plumbing of the dishwasher where it can solidify and clog the system.

If the system gets clogged, the motor will work overtime to try to push past the clog. This will lead to a possible breakdown of the motor and other electrical issues. For this reason, you should use a dishwasher cleaner that can be run on a normal cycle to remove and flush out any grease that may be left behind. This cleaner can be used once a month or more often if necessary.

Clear the Drain Area

You may be wondering how cleaning the drain area can help with maintaining the dishwasher and specifically with reducing electrical repairs to the dishwasher. The truth is, if the drain is clogged in any way, it can lead to the pipes cracking. This can lead to leaks occurring. When those leaks happen, that can place water around the electrical cords and outlets of the dishwasher.

This water can lead to a short in the wiring, which can then result in shorting out the dishwasher. For this reason, cleaning out the drain is vital to maintaining the life of your dishwasher. Even with a filter, you should still make sure the drain is cleaned and flushed on a routine basis.

Clear the Build-Up

Build-up can occur within the dishwasher, along the opening of the door to the dishwasher, and along the walls. The build-up, especially around the doorway, can mean that the seal is not tight, which can lead to leaks as well as the dishwasher registering as open and stopping the cleaning cycle. It can also lead to a mould build-up, which can be dangerous for you, your dishes and your home.

Though you will likely still have dishwasher repair needs from time to time, taking these tips and advice to heart can help you extend the time between those repairs.

If you are uncertain of the current status of your dishwasher, and if there are any issues you need to know about, contact  Paul Matters Electrical  for a consultation. We can also give you an electrical inspection of your home and other appliances.   

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