Continuous running of a dishwasher can lead to some wear-and-tear of the appliance. While its depreciation over time cannot be prevented, we can take efforts to minimize and slow down the wear-and-tear.
For this, you don’t need to be a licensed professional. Some simple tips from us will help you maintain the quality of your dishwasher.
Scrape off bits of food
The gooey soups, milk crusted mugs and baked on casseroles with the bits of rigid chicken still stuck to them tend to overload the dishwasher. Scrape off the bits and pieces of food from the utensil to reduce particles stuck on dishes when the cycle is over.
You may not want to load all the utensils in just one cycle to save your time and electricity. It is better to wash a few pieces by hand rather than overloading the dishwasher.
Run hot water beforehand
Before starting the cycle, start the faucet and run hot water until it is too hot to touch. This will make your first cycle a hot one instead of a cold one. This tip is more useful during freezing winters.
To save electricity costs and time, you may use a lighter cycle for the dirtiest dishes. This will only keep the dishes unclean and you may have to run the cycle again.
Check soap for rinse aid
When purchasing soap for the dishwasher, check if it has rinse aid or not. If it does, no need to add any.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Splash a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and start a normal cycle. The vinegar helps clean out old food particles, keeping your appliance fresh.
Clear the trap
Under the lower sprayer of a dishwasher, a piece is generally removable. Food particles tend to get accumulated under it. Generally, the tray comes out fully. If it does not, use a towel to clear out the mess.
Clean the gaskets
There is a rubber gasket in the door of the dishwasher around which a sticky black substance develops. This stuff accumulates around the soap door as well. Polishing them a bit with a towel will keep the muck down.
Monitor the temperature
Ideal temperature to which the dishwasher should be set is 50oC to 65oC. Any higher than this and water will flash dry rather than rolling off your plates.
Use soft water
Hard water will not clean your dishes properly. In turn, it will leave marks and mineral deposits on them when they dry up. It will also leave deposits in the dishwasher causing it to malfunction. Either use soft water or get water softeners.
Following these tips will help you increase the longevity of your appliance. If grime is getting collected inside the edges or the dishes are not getting cleaned satisfactorily, contact a professional mechanic or plumber.