The dishwasher is a modern convenience that can sometimes be easy to take for granted. When it’s working properly, it makes clean up after making dinner as simple as can be. But when problems arise, you need plumbing service professionals from Harris Dudley Co. who know how to restore your dishwasher appliance back to its optimum performance. In the meantime, let’s take a look at a few things you can do to ensure that you’re dishwasher is cleaning your dishes and allowing you time to spend with your family, not standing over the sink washing pots and pans by hand.
There’s a lot to be said for anything that saves both time and money, and a dishwasher is one of those machines that does both provided that it is functional and operationally sound. Aside from saving time and money, dishwashers are generally more energy efficient than hand washing because you use less energy and hot water to accomplish the same task. Over time, however, you may notice that your dishwasher does not quite deliver the performance it used to, or you might notice an unpleasant odor. These pitfalls can be avoided by following a few essential simple maintenance steps.
First, inspect the seals on your dishwasher. It is likely that the dishwasher appliance itself will last longer than the rubber gasket seals that form a watertight seal around the perimeter of the door. These rubber gaskets can wear out, crack, and leak water onto your floor or surrounding cabinets. The plumbing services professionals at Harris Dudley Co. of Salt Lake City and Park City UT can provide manufacturer replacements and installation services.
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Also, at the bottom of your dishwasher, there is a screen or net that is designed to catch chunk of food and other debris that is stuck on pots, pans, silverware, and dishes that are loaded into the dishwasher. Be sure to keep this screen clear and free from any materials that would impede flow, cause odors, or impair the operation of your dishwashing machine.
While dishwasher designs do vary, most will feature at least two rotating removable arms that feature spray nozzles. In accordance with manufacturer instructions, periodically clean these arms by removing them and soaking them in warm soapy water then use a small soft bristled brush to clean and scrub each nozzle individually to ensure properly spray and water flow. This will ensure that all the soap and water is hitting your dishing and washing them properly.
One major obstacle you will have to fight against in a wet humid environment is mold and mildew. Your first line of defense against mold and mildew is to keep your dishwasher door cracked to allow as much ventilation as possible. If mold and/or mildew should develop, luckily the treatment is easy. Just pour about two cups of white or apple cider vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run it on the heaviest setting to really flush things out.
With these simple tips, you should be able to DIY a lot of simple fixes to your dishwasher. For any issues you don’t feel comfortable tackling yourself, or for larger maintenance and repairs, contact Harris Dudley Co. for professional plumbing services in and around Salt Lake City!