Without a properly functioning dishwasher, you would probably have to spend hours at the kitchen sink scrubbing dirty pots and pans. Unfortunately, a dishwasher can sometimes lose its effectiveness, resulting in dishes that are spotted or grimy.
If you are frustrated every time you unload your dishwasher, you may want to consider giving it a little help before replacing it. Read on for a few pointers on how to make your dishwasher do a better job at cleaning dishes.
Address water problems
Your dishwasher relies on hot, soapy water to effectively dislodge oil and grime on dishes. To ensure the appliance receives enough hot water for effective cleaning, run hot water through your kitchen faucet till it is hot before running the dishwasher.
You should also consider installing a water softener or iron filter in your home water supply to eliminate minerals such as iron and calcium that can leave grime deposits on your plates and cups or even discolor chinaware.
Clean the filters
The plastic filters at the bottom of the dishwasher can often get clogged with debris, preventing dirty water from the wash cycle from properly draining away. This can cause debris from the wash cycle to mix with the rinse water, resulting in dishes covered with grime at the end of the cleaning cycle. The first step to solving this problem is to remove the lower dish tray and clear any clogged filters with a paper clip and then run the empty dishwasher to ensure all the water drains properly.
To prevent future clogging of the filters, you may want to stop discarding coffee grounds in your garbage disposal. Typically, most dishwashers drain directly into the garbage disposal, where coffee grounds could easily mix with the rinse water and end up being sprayed on your clean dishes.
In cases where the heated dry feature is on, there may actually be coffee grounds baked into your glasses and plates when you unload the dishwasher. To prevent this problem, simply dispose coffee grounds into your garbage.
Clean the arm sprays
Most dishwashers are equipped with a set of spray arms underneath the upper tray to effectively rinse off soap and grime on your dishes after the soak cycle. Any debris wedged inside the spray arm holes could cause the nozzle to point off-center, resulting in reduced water pressure.
To solve this problem, remove the lower dish tray while the appliance is empty and detach the spray arms above. Next, inspect the arm spray holes for tiny debris blocking the water spray and remove the clogging, before reattaching the spray arms to the tray.
For more tips or assistance, contact local appliance wholesale distributors.