Dish soap, food and other ways we break the dishwasher

Dishwashers have become a modern day necessity and common home improvement.  The first thing you hear from home-buyers when entering the kitchen is, is there a dishwasher?  Certainly we could all wash our dishes with our hands but who wants to.  Dishwashers are expensive and often when we purchase a new one we don’t bother to take the time to read the directions and care for it properly.   There are a few things that most of us do nearly every time we load the dishwasher that cuts down on its lifespan and causes damage.

Top 5 Ways to Damage a Dishwasher

If you don’t want to get stuck calling out for handyman services it is important to take good care of your dishwasher.  There are a few common ways in which dishwashers are mistreated and misused.

  • Overloading – This is probably the most common mistake. We all just want the dishes done and don’t want to have to do a second load, so we cram as many as we can into the dishwasher for a single load.  What this does is prevent the dishes from getting fully cleaned so they will all need to be washed a second time anyway.  This can also potentially cause the dishwasher to leak.
  • Power surges – While we cannot predict power surges there are ways for us to prevent them from damaging the dishwasher.  Purchase a surge protector to plug your dishwasher into.  We do this for our computers so why not the dishwasher.  A bad surge can damage or completely disable the dishwasher so it is better safe than sorry.
  • Not scraping the dishes – Overloading may be the most common mistake but not scraping is the most damaging. The food left on the dishes ends up getting stuck in the washer arms and pump screens.  A quick scrape will do the trick.  It is not necessary to clean the dishes completely, otherwise what is the dishwasher for, just be careful not to leave chunks of food.
  • Soap – Do not use too much soap. Excessive soap causes buildup that will cause problems with performance and will strain the pump, motor assembly, and spray arm.  Also be sure not to use any soap that is not actual dishwasher detergent.  It is not ok to use liquid dish soap.  If you have in the past, load a full cap of vegetable oil into the dishwasher and run it.  This should clear it up.

The key to keeping handyman services away is to take proper care of your dishwashing appliance.  As you can see just a few simple adjustments to your dishwashing routine and your machine will run properly for years to come.  Handymen can be very expensive and if you can just follow a few simple guidelines you will hopefully never find yourself in need of one.  Do yourself a favor and load your helpful dishwasher properly.

 

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