3 Common Dishwasher Problems You Can Fix Yourself

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According to HUD's 2009 American housing survey, 66 percent of homes in the United States have a dishwasher. You rely on your dishwasher to work properly so you have more free time to do other activities. But, when your dishwasher breaks down or doesn't work, you will need to hire an appliance repair service like Appliance Service Co Inc. or do the work yourself, if it is a simple job. Here are three jobs you can complete yourself to repair and improve your dishwasher.

Stinky Dishwasher

When your dishwasher begins to stink inside, you know you have a problem because your dishwasher's interior should be clean after it runs through a wash cycle. When your dishwasher is stinky, it is from bacteria feeding off food residue inside the dishwasher. There are a couple places you may need to clean inside your dishwasher to get rid of this problem, but each one is simple.

The first place you should clean is the ridge along the bottom edge of the door. Your dishwasher might have a  mold growth in this area along with food particles that create the stinky smell. Using a cloth or sponge soaked in white vinegar, wipe this residue from the bottom of the door. 

Also, check your dishwasher's drain screen inside the bottom of your dishwasher. This is where all the dirty water drains from the dishwasher after a wash cycle. Any food particles that are rinsed off your dishes will become trapped in this mesh and will need to be cleaned out periodically. You should scrape off large pieces of food from your dishes before placing them inside your dishwasher. This will help to decrease the amount of food particles that collect in the mesh drain screen.

Rusty Dishes

If you begin to notice rust spots on your dishes after they have gone through a cycle in the dishwasher, you can fix this problem yourself. When the dishwasher rack tines lose their vinyl coating from age and wear, the metal beneath the vinyl will touch your dishes and rust them during the wash cycle. These rust spots can be permanent stains on your dishes and make your dishes look ugly. 

Instead of replacing the entire dish rack, cover the rusty tines with new vinyl dishwasher tips. These tips slip over the metal tines to protect your dishes from getting rust spots.

Dirty Dishes

There can be several reasons your dishes are coming out dirty after a wash cycle. First, check your silverware basket to see if there are any holes in the bottom, which can allow utensils to poke through and prevent the sprayer arm from rotating. 

Make sure you are not over-filling your dishwasher with dishes. Dishes that rest together or inside one another can prevent the water from rinsing inside each dish. Also, make sure you don't stack any large or tall dishes that block the top sprayer arm in your dishwasher.

Your dishes might come out with a white film or hard water spots. By adding a rinse aid to your dishwasher, you can help prevent these hard water deposits. If your dishwasher does not have a rinse aid reservoir, you can attach a small disposable rinse aid basket to your dishwasher's top rack. Or, dump a cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your washer every few washes. The white vinegar will help clean hard water deposits out of your dishwasher and keep your dishes from collecting white residue and spots. A home water softener can also make your dishwasher work more efficiently and your dishes will come out clean. 

You should also check to make sure the  spray arm holes are not clogged with any food particles. Use a toothbrush to clean any food out of the holes to restore spraying power to the arms.

These three tips can help you do your own repairs for these easy dishwasher fixes.  


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