How Regular Maintenance Can Help Detect Dishwasher Repairs
Repairing your dishwasher yourself will always be more cost-effective than hiring someone to do the repairs or certainly purchasing a new dishwasher. These aren’t that difficult to do, especially if you detect dishwasher repairs early on.
Before you reach the emergency stage of having to make repairs, there are a number of maintenance and inspection steps you can take which will keep your dishwasher running smoothly. Performing these actions can also let you know ahead of time when you might want to replace a part.
Here is a simple maintenance routine to perform either weekly or monthly depending on how much stress you put on your dishwasher.
- One thing to look for when inspecting your dishwasher is checking the door gasket. If you see signs of wear, you likely will want to replace it. Clean around the inside of the door with a damp cloth soaked in white vinegar or mild detergent.
- Then, most central, is the spray arm and filter. Check to see that the spray arm moves freely and remove it according to the specifications provided by your dishwasher manufacturer. The best way to look for clogs and to clean it out is to run water through the arm and make sure that it comes out all the holes. If you see any blockage, use a pipe cleaner or toothpick to dislodge the clog. Again, while you are performing this maintenance, look for signs of wear that might indicate your spray arm needs replacement.
- Check the filter for food and debris and look for signs of wear.
- You might notice that the rack and rack holders have worn parts. It would be useful in this case to get a repair kit that will allow you to repair thess parts.
- Finally, put a container of one cup of white vinegar somewhere on the rack and run it through a cycle. You can do this also with a sprinkle of baking soda on the floor of the dishwasher. This will keep the inside clean and smelling fresh without the need to shop for commercial cleaners.
If in the course of your maintenance you find parts that need replacement or repair, please contact us. We most likely have the parts you need and can provide further advice on how to perform DIY dishwasher repairs.