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How to Properly Maintain a Dishwasher

Dishwashers are a great way to save time and energy when cleaning dishes. However, if they are not properly maintained, they can start to malfunction and even leak. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your dishwasher:

Clean the filter regularly. The filter is located at the bottom of the dishwasher and catches food particles and other debris. If the filter is not cleaned regularly, it can clog and prevent the water from circulating properly. To clean the filter, remove it from the dishwasher and rinse it under hot water. You can also use a mild detergent to clean it.

Wipe down the door and seals. The door and seals on your dishwasher can get dirty and sticky over time. This can prevent the door from closing properly and can also lead to leaks. To clean the door and seals, use a damp cloth and a mild detergent.

Clean the spray arms. The spray arms in your dishwasher are responsible for spraying water onto the dishes. If they are not cleaned regularly, they can become clogged with food particles and other debris. To clean the spray arms, remove them from the dishwasher and rinse them under hot water. You can also use a toothpick or pipe cleaner to remove any stubborn debris.

Run a cleaning cycle once a month. You can use a vinegar cleaning cycle or a commercial dishwasher cleaner to clean your dishwasher once a month. This will help to remove any built-up grime and bacteria.

Keep your dishwasher running. Dishwashers benefit from regular use. If you don't use your dishwasher very often, the seals can dry out and become brittle. This can lead to leaks. Try to run your dishwasher at least once a week, even if you don't have a full load of dishes.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Your dishwasher's owner's manual will have specific instructions on how to maintain your dishwasher. Be sure to follow these instructions to keep your dishwasher in good working order.

By following these simple tips, you can help to keep your dishwasher running smoothly for many years to come.

Additional tips:

  • Scrape food off of dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This will help to prevent food particles from clogging the filter and the spray arms.

  • Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This will help to remove any excess food particles and grease.

  • Use the correct amount of detergent. Too much detergent can create suds that can overflow the dishwasher and cause leaks.

  • Avoid overloading the dishwasher. This can prevent the water from circulating properly and can also lead to leaks.

  • If you have hard water, use a water softener or a dishwasher detergent that is designed for hard water. This will help to prevent the buildup of scale on the dishwasher's components.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your dishwasher clean and running efficiently.



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