A dishwasher ensures your dishes are cleaned and sanitized. Using a dishwasher is more earth-friendly than washing dishes by hand. That’s because it uses less water and gets dishes cleaner. The lovely fall weather in Santa Clara, CA means plenty of mild days for entertaining guests. Before you plan a party, you’ll want to make sure your dishwasher is up the task. This is how to keep your dishwasher running well during the fall and all year long.
1. Clean The Filter
All dishwashers have filters. The filter is designed to trap particles as the dishwasher drains. Over time, this part of the dishwasher can easily get clogged with food particles and other items. If the filter is clogged, you’ll notice standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher. That’s why you’ll want to clean it out at least twice a year. If it still isn’t running properly, it’s time to call in our professionals. We’ll come to your home to have a look at it. Whether you have a clogged pipe or a failing pump motor, we can identify the problem and get it fixed quickly.
2. Don’t Overload the Machine
Are your dishes not getting clean? You could be overloading the dishwasher. It’s better to do your dishes in smaller batches rather than put too many at one time. Also, consult your manual to see the best way to load the dishes. The dishwasher will work better that way and get your dishes cleaner.
3. Scrape the Plates
Help your dishwasher along by removing items that don’t belong there. You want to get rid of items that can get stuck in the drain and cause the machine to operate less efficiently. It’s also best to remove excess items like ketchup and mustard before loading the washer. However, you might not want to pre-clean them. Some newer dishwashers have dirty-water sensors. If you pre-clean the plates, the dishwasher may not run long enough to properly sanitize the dishes.
4. Stick to Dishes
It can be tempting to put items in the dishwasher other than dishes. That’s not a good idea. You might think about washing linens or even your car parts in the dishwasher. Items other than dishes can quickly clog the filter or drain. You’ll run the risk of clogging your dishwasher and leaving it unable to function. Even worse, in the case of car parts, dishwashing detergent can’t break down the heavier oil and grease. You could be left with an oily residue in the dishwasher for months.
If you’re having problems with your dishwasher or any other appliance, it’s best to call a professional. Contact Smart Plumbers & Rooters today for assistance with all your plumbing needs.