One of the most important appliances in your home is the dishwasher. Not only does it clean your dishes faster and more effectively compared to using your hands, a dishwasher uses less water and less water heater energy as well.
However, just like all water-based appliances, it will lose efficiency over time. It may also develop an odor. No matter what the issue is, taking the time to keep your appliance in great shape can help you avoid these problems.
The following are essential maintenance tips to keep your dishwasher in working order:
- Check the seals. The rubber gasket which forms a watertight seal around the door may wear down faster than the dishwasher itself. If the seal isn’t effective anymore, the gasket can crack and leak water. You can either contact the dishwasher’s manufacturer to learn about the proper replacement or give a licensed plumber a call.
- Combat mold and mildew. It is common for mold or mildew to develop in a dishwasher. Fortunately, it is an easy issue to resolve. Pour about two cups of white or apple cider vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run it on the heaviest setting.
- Clean the screen. You will most likely find a screen at the bottom of your dishwasher. The screen is designed to catch large chunks of food or silverware. Remove and clean the screen on a regular basis to ensure adequate flow and avoid smelly odors.
- Clean the spray arm nozzles. Many dishwashers are equipped with at least two rotating, removable arms lined with spray nozzles. In accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, remove these arms every so often. Then proceed to soak them in warm, soapy water and use a small brush to clean each spray nozzle.