Having a dishwasher in your kitchen makes meal prep and cleanup a breeze. Your food, however, is tough on your mechanical friend sometimes. All of that food gunk and crust can combine for odor, less efficient cleaning and poorer performance than you're expecting from your dishwasher. To keep your dishwasher at its very best, keep the eight tips below in mind.
Keep it Roomy
No one wants to run multiple loads after a big meal, but running an overload will tax your machine and produce less-than-desirable results. It's always better to wash some pieces by hand than have to re-run a whole load.
Use the Right Cycle
A lighter, shorter setting can save a bit of time and money on your water bill. However, you need to wash extra-soiled dishes the old-fashioned way if that's what you want to do since those types of cycles are not meant for really dirty dishes and won't get the job done.
Scrape Sufficiently Every Time
You don't need to wash all your dishes by hand - that's what your dishwasher is for! But you will have to scrape off food bits on your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher so you don't have gunk buildup inside.
Tap into Hot Water First
Run some hot water from your faucet before you start your dishwasher so it's first full cycle is hot right off of the bat.
Harness the Power of Vinegar
Just as you probably have already done in your washing machine, add a cup of white vinegar into your dishwasher's bottom and run a typical cycle. This will help eliminate odors and remove some food gunk.
Hold on the Rinse Aid
You don't need to use rinse aid twice. If you are already using a rinse aid separately, make sure you don't buy a soap that includes it. You can also put white vinegar into the rinse aid compartment for the same effect.
Keep it Clean
Your trap is under the lower sprayer, and you should clean it regularly to keep it free of food debris and other particles in the air, such as pet hair. It may be removable for sink cleaning or you will have to use a towel to remove the buildup. Take the time to remove any gunk around the door gasket too, since this can interrupt the seal and find its way into your machine.
Check Your Water
Your dishwasher is only as good as the water supplied to it. Check your water heater temperature settings. Between 120 and 125 degrees is ideal for proper dishwasher cleaning. You should also test your water, as hard water is tough on your dishes and your machine.
Use the tips above to keep your dishwasher running smoothly. If you find your machine still isn't up to par, speak to the experienced certified service providers at Professional Appliance Repair today.