HELP! MY DISHWASHER IS BROKEN!
4 Preventative Things To Keep Your Dishwasher Working
- The Dishwasher Filter. If you are seeing food particles begin to build up on your dishes after a cycle then it is time to clean the filter. Not every dishwasher has a filter, but most up to date modern ones do. Google the model name of your dishwasher and find out if yours has one. The filter can be removed and hand washed and soaked. Then see if any solids are stuck where the filter was living.
- The Air Gap. Not all dishwashers have them, but if there is a chrome cylinder on the back of the sink then you now know what it is. It can get clogged even by a fish bone. (Which happened to be the reason my sink wasn't draining) Unscrew it and clear the visible clog. Then you can use a coat hanger stretched out, or a wire brush to go down the drain and unclog the air gap. Water should then flow freely and you will hear the water go through the disposal.
- REMOVE THE HARD WATER DEPOSITS FROM THE DISHWASHER Get a brand of White Distilled Vinegar with 5% ACETICIC ACID. Anything stronger will break down the inside components of the dishwasher so be mindful of this. Take a large measuring cup and fill it with White Distilled Vinegar. Place it in the top rack and set the cycle to run without anything in the dishwasher but the measuring cup with Vinegar. Do not use the Heated Dry as it's not needed.
- REMOVE THE SMELL FROM THE DISHWASHER When water is used in an environment that is sealed shut after every use then mold and mildew eventually grow in places you can't see. Odors build up and are trapped in places beyond where the plates go. Get some cheap lemon juice and fill the dispenser where the dishwashing liquid goes. Run an empty cycle and let the dishwasher meet the lemon cocktail of it's dreams.