Dishwashers are great! They save time and use less water and heating energy than washing your dishes by hand. Over time, however, your dishwasher’s performance may not be quite as good as it was when you first bought it. There are various ways in which you can give your dishwasher a little TLC to help extend its life and keep its performance levels up.
1. Clean Your Screen
In the bottom of your dishwasher you will find a screen which is designed to catch food and other objects. If not cleaned regularly you may find that your dishwasher is giving off an unpleasant odour. To avoid this, simply remove and clean the screen regularly. This also helps ensure proper water flow.
2. Clean Out Your Filter
This may seem obvious, but how many of us actually do this? At the bottom of your dishwasher you will find a removable filter basket. Take time to remove this and rinse it out as often as possible. It can become clogged with large pieces of food or even broken crockery, so it’s worth cleaning it out to ensure your water flow is at its best.
3. Keep Mould and Mildew At Bay
Depending on the type of water in your area, you may experience a build up of mould or mildew inside your dishwasher. Obviously this impedes performance and will get gradually worse over time if not treated. Fortunately, it’s really easy to keep on top of a mildew or mould problem. Simply pour some white or apple cider vinegar into the dishwasher and then run it on its highest setting.
4. Check the Seals on Your Dishwasher
Every dishwasher has a rubber seal around the door, but these can often go. If this does happen you’ll find water leaking onto your floor or surrounding cabinets. The manufacturer will be able to advise on a suitable replacement seal.
5. Check Your Dishwasher is Standing Properly
If your dishwasher is not sitting completely flat and level on the floor its performance will be impeded and it may not drain properly. Check that it is level by using a spirit level on top of the dishwasher.
6. Make Sure the Spray Arm Nozzles Are Clear
Most dishwasher designs have two or more removable rotating arms with nozzles. Check your manufacturer’s instructions regarding the removal of these and then soak them in warm soapy water using a soft brush to clean each individual nozzle.
7. Check the Design of Your Drain Line
Sometimes a dishwasher drain line can accidentally be installed on the wrong side of the drain trap in your household drainage system. This will result in nasty smells coming back up the line through your dishwasher. The drain trap is a u-shaped section of pipe close to the open drain and is designed to stop these kind of smells from coming back into your property.