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Common 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 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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