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Top Tips to Avoid Appliance Repair and Maintain an Efficient Dishwasher

January 01, 2017

Having an appliance breakdown is an uncomfortable feeling, since it leaves you having to manage without it and also taking extra hassles to get it repaired. However, RepairCare offers same-day appliance repair to get your household running back at full strength. Making sure that you get the best service with friendly repair people is our top priority.

Common Problems That You Can Fix at Home

A smelly or grimy dishwasher can be easily remedied with a clean-up session, using supplies you have at home. If you’re finding that components don’t move as they’re supposed to or that the dishwasher makes strange noises when it runs or not draining properly, then it may be time to call in a person to repair your appliance.

Basic 10-Minute Solutions

Problem: Dishes aren’t coming out clean

First, make sure that you aren’t overloading the dishwasher and packing it past its capacity and that you are scraping off food particles that can get caught in the mechanics.

If those aren’t issues, then you may want to check the spray arm for gunk and debris that you can clean out. The spray arm circulates water and detergent, so it’s crucial that this component remain unobstructed. Make sure that it can move freely and also check that the spray holes aren’t clogged. If they are, you can remove the arm and clean it by soaking it in hot water and vinegar and picking out the bits of debris that you find.

Problem: Dishwasher is foul-smelling

The culprit of a dishwasher that doesn’t smell good is likely the result of leftover food, grease or scummy detergent. There may also be the possibility of mold, which you can check by looking around for black or dark spots around the dishwasher.

What you’ll need to do is simple enough and doesn’t require more than what you have at home. Start by running an empty dishwasher on a clean cycle with one cup of vinegar at the bottom. Once it finishes, sprinkle one cup of baking soda at the bottom of the dishwasher and leave it to sit overnight. In the morning, you can scrub away any heavily soiled areas with a toothbrush or just run another empty cycle to clean out the baking soda and gunk. For mold, you can substitute the vinegar for a cup of bleach, unless you have a stainless steel dishwasher, but make sure to run a few empty cycles to ensure there is no bleach residue to be deposited on your dishes.

Maintaining Optimal Performance

Now that your dishwasher is in peak shape, your best bet to keeping it that was is to do occasional maintenance and address issues as soon as they arise. Here are few things that you can do to keep your dishwasher running happily and avoid an appliance repair.

  • Soak the dishwasher components (spray arm, cutlery holders, etc.) in a solution of half-and-half vinegar and water.
  • Remove the racks so that you can wipe down the interior of the dishwasher, paying particular attention to any hard-to-scrub food particles.
  • Clean the edges of the door and around the gasket, since this spot tends to get missed a lot.
  • Run hot water in the sink and the garbage disposal before starting a cycle in the dishwasher, to give it instant hot water and clear out the drains so that the dishwasher can work optimally.

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