Dishwashers today continue to make our lives more convenient, and with proper maintenance, you can prevent malfunctions that need repair. For example, frequently used dishwashers accumulate soap scum and food debris from detergent and dirty dishes. As a result, it causes the dishwasher to work harder than necessary. The good news is that there are several easy DIY maintenance checks you can perform to keep your dishwasher running smoothly. We’ve highlighted a few of them in this article.

Clean Your Dishwasher

Cleaning your dishwasher may sound backward, but doing so every couple months can save you a lot of money in repairs over the long haul. To clean your dishwasher, simply place one cup of vinegar in the top rack and run one complete wash/dry cycle. The cleaning cycle itself should remove the majority of soap scum, mildew, and any hard-water deposits that cling to the sides or racks.

Unclog Sprayer Nozzles

The sprayer nozzles are a powerful part of your dishwasher. Unfortunately, excess food and debris from the dishes often clog them. To access the sprayer nozzles for cleaning, remove the dish racks for more space to work. You can then unclog your sprayer nozzles by using a toothpick or pipe cleaner to loosen and remove food particles. In turn, unclogged sprayers can spray more water at a higher velocity and clean your dishes more efficiently.

Prevent Rust Formation

Rust can form on the dish racks after many cycles of water exposure and heat. Oftentimes, rust forms and the paint chips away from the racks, leaving metal exposed. The easiest way to prevent rust formation is to touch up the chips in the paint by using touch up paint. The paint is inexpensive and can be purchased easily at hardware stores or through your dishwasher’s manufacturer.

Keep the Drain Clear

Food can easily get caught in the bottom drain of your dishwasher, often leading to foul odors or leakage. For safety, it’s best to unplug your dishwasher (typically done under your sink) before cleaning the drain. You’ll also want to check out the owner’s manual, as different models vary in the apparatus surrounding the drain. After removing the racks and following the owner’s manual instructions to access the drain, take a paper towel to loosen food and debris that could be causing a clog.
Dishwasher maintenance can save you time and money in the long run and keep your dishes sparkling clean. Cleaning your dishwasher can also prevent annoying leaks or pesky odors from keeping you out of your kitchen. If you have dishwasher questions or need help troubleshooting a problem, you can always callDoc’s Appliance Service. Our service technicians are waiting to help you, so give us a call today at 800-726-7130.