Dishwasher Problems & Solutions
|A dishwasher is an important addition to
any home in terms of time saving and cleanliness. One of the
most important factors in extending the life of your
dishwasher is preventing food from clogging up pipelines. I
know there are a lot of dishwasher manufacturers who claim
you do not have to rinse your dishes, but if you talk to the
repairmen, they will tell you a different story. My advice
is to get all large chunks off your dishes before you stack
your dishwasher. Another piece of advice I got from my
repairman is to use only powdered detergent, as the gel type
clogs up your pipes. I found Cascade Complete (not regular
Cascade) is more expensive, but it is the only detergent
that really cleans my dishes well.
If your dishwasher is starting to stain yellow and brown,
run some citric acid crystals through an empty machine. The
cause of this may be iron in your water, so to prevent it,
use a good iron filter on your water.
If you are starting to get mineral deposits inside your
dishwasher, run 1 cup of white vinegar through the empty
machine followed by a second run with your dishwasher
detergent through the empty machine.
If your plastic coating is peeling off your dishwasher
racks, you can extend the life of your racks by placing ¼”
or 1/8” tubing over the peeling ends.
Are you having problems with your detergent not dissolving?
Your water is not hot enough. Raise the water heater
setting; your dishwater must be 140 degrees. If you are
still having a problem, try insulating your hot water pipes
that run to your dishwasher. Another problem may just be you
have a long stretch of hot water line to your dishwasher and
you are getting cold water that is already in your lines
mixed with the hot. Before you start your dishwasher, run
your hot water through your kitchen sink until the water is
hot in the lines.
Black smears on your dishes: This is caused by the dishes
coming in contact with aluminum pans or utensils. Leave a
space between your dishes and any aluminum pieces.
If your dishes are chipping, you are loading them so they
are striking each other during washing. Secure them firmly
in the racks to prevent them from moving around too much.
Do not wash silver or silver-plated silverware with
stainless steel silverware. These metals can be damaged by
contact with one another during the washing cycle.
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