Dishwashers are something all of us take for granted at one time or another. After all, they cut down on the time needed to do the dishes each night and seem to just do their job without much effort on our end. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t share our top 5 dishwasher maintenance tips to keep your appliance in good working order.
Regularly Use Your Dishwasher
Do not let your dishwasher sit through prolonged periods of time without being used. If you plan on going over one month without using your dishwasher, the seals that keep moisture inside can crack and become less effective. We recommend lightly coating the seals with a lubricant before giving your dishwasher a long break.
Replace Filters and Clean Out Clogs
You won’t want to hear this, but yes, you need to periodically check your filter (typically located under the base of the main sprayer) and spray arms for those nasty leftover food particles that can eventually build up to cause clogs and unsavory smells. You will also want to fully replace the filter every 3-6 months.
Make Sure Water Temperature Reaches 130°
Check to make sure your dishwasher reaches temperatures of at least 130° to ensure greasy film and soap residue can be removed with each cycle. Running the faucet until the water reaches a hot temperature before starting your dishwasher will promote a better wash. You may also want to use a dishwasher rinse aid to control films and residue, especially if your water system generates hard water.
Older dishwasher racks rust easily over time. This can lead to the rust rinsing off on your dishes. Replace the racks the first time you notice any rust. Most newer washers have longer lasting racks made of more durable materials but it’s still worth keeping an eye on.
Get a New Dishwasher
This one is kind of cheating but if you’re dishwasher has seen better days it might be time to consider purchasing a new energy-efficient model that will help you save on your water bill over time along with helping the environment.