Routine Maintenance Checks Can Save You Money
Follow these dishwasher maintenance tip to extend the life of your dishwasher. Dishwashers draw water from an outside source and then use fans, jets and nozzles to remove debris from dishes and utensils. These appliances go through several cycles depending upon the model and design of the manufacturer. When shopping for a dishwasher you should consider price, energy efficiency, features, noise level and power. To keep your dishwasher running in like-new condition, you just need to give it a little TLC.
Cutting Down on Excessive Wear and Tear
Excessive wear and tear increase the likelihood that your dishwasher will break down. Even sophisticated models will be stressed when people leave too much food or grime on their dishes. Most manufacturers suggest scraping leftovers off and doing a quick pre-wash before you place the dishes on the racks. This will prevent them from clogging the filters throughout the appliance.
The overall temperature of the water is also important. When the water isn’t hot enough the dishwasher will fail to protect you and your family from foodborne illnesses, mold, and other forms of bacteria. Some models heat the water internally, but most require an outside source like a water heater. Even when water is heated within the appliance itself, the temperature may not get high enough to kill bacteria. Your owner’s manual will help you to set it to the ideal temperature.
Why not consider creating a yearly checklist for your dishwasher and all other kitchen appliances? At first this may seem like an unnecessary waste time and energy, but it will help you routinely check some of the key components of the dishwasher. These few minutes could end up saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. Be sure to inspect:
- All moving parts inside of the machine
- The door linings
- Any water filters
- Gaskets around external parts
- The control panel
- All hoses
Keep an eye out for any indicators that damage or deterioration has occurred. The extreme change in temperatures, constant moisture, and moving parts mean that rust, mold, and mildew can easily develop. This could compromise the functionality of the dishwasher and the safety of those using the dishes.
By keeping an eye on the vital components of your dishwasher, you will enjoy clean and sparkling dishes for thousands of loads. When repairs are required, be sure to call a dishwasher specialist who will restore it to top condition.
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