Cleaning and Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher

How Often Should My Dishwasher Be Serviced?

Dishwashers are a low-maintenance appliance that requires repair when something goes wrong.

Dishwashers accumulate filth over time, due to food that gets stuck. Food particles that don’t fit down the drain, get caught in traps, or get stuck on walls are still there. There’s a lot of clinging and decaying going on.

Keeping dishwashers clean is the best way to keep them operating. For starters, you get a close-up view of all the drains and hoses, allowing you to detect obstructions and leaks. Second, you’ll have a clean, healthy dishwasher!

If cleaning and inspections fail to show anything, seek professional assistance. If your dishwasher is acting up in any of the following ways, it may need to be serviced:

  • Will not fill
  • Will not drain
  • Making a racket is a form of leakage.

Dishes are not being washed.

Dishwasher Tip: To learn how to load the dishwasher properly, visit GE’s website. If you detect a puddle near your dishwasher, call for service right away! A leaking dishwasher can cause extensive water damage to your home’s structure.

Dishwasher cleaning instructions

Get the most out of your machine by setting it and forgetting it.

We expect our dishwasher to last more than ten years, but if you don’t invest a few minutes in routine maintenance, it may not survive as long.

Dishwasher maintenance gives you the creeps? If you merely want to replace your dishwasher, our shopping guide will tell you what to look for. A little dishwashing TLC isn’t too difficult for the rest of us. Here are some suggestions to keep your dishwasher functioning smoothly.

What to do if your dishwasher’s filter is clogged If your dishwasher isn’t draining, it’s likely that the filter has become clogged. Even if it isn’t, cleaning the filter is a necessary, albeit nasty, part of your dishwasher routine because grease and foodscraps can accumulate in it, causing clogs, poor odours, and other hygiene issues. Maintaining a clean filter helps your dishwasher function more efficiently and reduces the likelihood of food scraps getting deeper inside the machine.

Filters in modern dishwashers are designed to be easily removed and cleaned, so there’s no reason to put it off any longer. Empty the dishwasher and remove the bottom basket – the filter will be in the sump, or lowest portion of the dishwasher, and should twist out without the use of tools; however, if you get stuck, consult your handbook.

Remove the grease and filth by washing the internal filter under hot running water and lightly scrubbing it with a plastic brush. The larger trap filter only requires a hot water rinse.

Simply reverse the removal operation to replace the filter.

How to Get Rid of a Moldy Dishwasher A mouldy dishwasher isn’t simply unsightly; it can also be dangerous to your health. No home can ever be entirely mould-free since mould spores float about in the air, and the hot, wet interiors of your dishwasher are the ideal setting for mould to thrive.

While visible black spots or a musty odour coming from your dishwasher are evident symptoms of a mould problem, you may be suffering from mould without ever realising it — Because many varieties of mould are small, colourless, and odourless, it’s prudent to assume that mould is present in your dishwasher even if you can’t see it.

To get rid of mould in your dishwasher, remove the racks and wash them in hot, soapy water. With a soapy sponge or washcloth, clean down the interior of the dishwasher as well as the door seal. Reassemble the racks and allow everything to air dry completely.

After that, destroy the mould with vinegar. Fill a dishwasher-safe container halfway with vinegar and place it on the top rack with the lid off. Run a hot cycle and dump everything except the vinegar receptacle.

Run a second hot cycle after adding a cup of baking soda to the dishwasher cabinet.

Scrub any leftover mould with soapy water and a toothbrush, paying special care to sharp corners and around the door seal.

If vinegar isn’t cutting it, go for the big hitter in the shape of chlorine bleach, which is a highly powerful mould killer that also removes mildew spots as a bonus. Bleach is a strong chemical, so avoid pouring it directly on rubber seals, wear gloves, keep your kitchen properly aired, and never mix bleach with other chemicals, including the aforementioned vinegar, since it can produce poisonous gas.

To de-mould your dishwasher with bleach, first clean the racks, then dilute 1 cup of bleach in four litres of water and scrub the insides of your dishwasher with a stiff plastic brush (don’t use a wire brush, it will damage your appliance), then an old toothbrush to get into any sharp corners or behind the door seal (though it may not kill mould that has penetrated deep into the porous surfaces of your seals). After that, run an empty cycle to remove any remaining bleach.

Allow air to circulate between cycles by leaving the door slightly ajar. This can help lessen the possibility of mould returning.

There are various commercially available cleaning products that claim to clean the insides of your dishwasher and restore it to new condition.

Is it necessary for me to use a commercial dishwasher cleaner?

Cleaning your dishwasher with a cleaner is a terrific method to get rid of built-up oil and limescale, but unless you’ve let neglect get the best of you and are dealing with a decade’s worth of dirt all at once, you could be better off with plain old white vinegar.

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