A dishwasher ensures that your dishes are washed more effectively than hand washing. A regular service will keep it running smoothly. It is a kitchen’s mainstay, that is often ignored when it comes to cleaning and servicing. Therefore, you might notice that your dishwasher is not washing the dishes, the way it used to. After a while, it even starts to smell stale or of rotten food. If it is not maintained properly, the food remains and other particles can build up over several uses. This accumulation reduces the efficiency of your dishwasher and leads to poor performance. The dishes come out dirty and muddy.
But with some preventive maintenance and cleaning tips, you can keep your dishwasher running smoothly. This also increases the lifespan of your washer and saves you time and money. Here are 8 tips for keeping your dishwasher running efficiently:
1.Use your Dishwasher:
Yes, you heard it right! Regular use of dishwater is very essential for its upkeep. This removes the buildup of food leftovers and keeps the drain flowing. Use your dishwasher often, so that the seal doesn’t get dry and break.
2. Run it with a full load but don’t overcrowd it:
Running your dishwasher with a full load saves water, detergent, and energy. If you overcrowd your machine, you will end up with dirty dishes. There should be sufficient space for water and air to move between the dishes during the cycle. Try loading it as per the manufacturer’s instruction so, that your machine runs efficiently. This even lets you access the entire dishwasher and you can perform the required maintenance properly.
3. Setting of water heater:
A dishwasher needs a minimum temperature setting of 120° F to function effectively for ideal cleaning performance. It also protects the dishes from getting damaged. Coldwater can leave an oily film or foamy deposit. Before starting it, turn on the tap until the water gets hot, this will help in cleaning the dishes properly. Let the water flow in the sink until it gets hot so that it is running with the hot water for clean and dry performance. Ensure that it is linked to the hot water pipeline and not the cold one. It is good to let the water run in the sink until it gets hot before starting the dishwasher.
4. Clean out the trap:
It is essential to clean your dishwasher trap often to ensure that it doesn’t get blocked. There shouldn’t be any food remains, undissolved detergent, and grease going down the drainpipe and blocking it up. Over time this builds up resulting in a grimy film on your dishes and silverware. This can damage the dishwasher strainer and pump, which can be a costly repair.
5. Clean an empty dishwasher with vinegar:
Dishwasher tends to smell bad because of fungus and black yeast. The simplest way to clean it is by putting a cup of white vinegar into its base and running a normal cycle. This removes the food remains and keeps your dishwasher smelling fresh.
6. Change Filters and free clogs:
Food wastes and other scraps create clogs and other plumbing issues. These problems will stop your dishwashing machine from draining properly. Therefore, the dishwasher filter should be changed frequently to get free from any leftover food. Taking care of your dishwasher is very essential. If you are seeking to service it, raise a service request on the OneDios App in a few clicks, without having to call multiple people or search for phone numbers.
7. Use a high-quality detergent:
Saving a buck or two sounds tempting, but sometimes it comes with its own flaws. Cheaper detergents may not clean well and can form a film on the dishes and also glue-up valves and hose pipes.
8. Remove the rust:
The dishwasher can build up rust, which can result in visible rust spots on the dishes. Properly check all the racks for rust and change them when necessary.
OneDios is a one-stop shop for all your service, complaints, and repair requests. Download the OneDios app and upload the details of your dishwasher today. OneDios will help keep track of all your previous services and you can schedule the next maintenance of your dishwasher in advance. You can also buy the extended warranty and AMC’s for all AC brands such as Bosch 800, Siemens, Voltas, Faber, IFB Neptune VX, Miele Lumen, etc.