Three Tips For Avoiding Problems With Your Dishwasher

by Diane Barnes

A dishwasher is likely one of the plumbing fixtures that is most susceptible to wear and tear. This should not be surprising given the dirty task that this appliance must do. However, there are a few simple steps that you will be able to take to greatly reduce the risk of the dishwasher developing serious problems.

Wipe Down The Sprayer

The sprayer arm is one of the most important parts of the dishwasher. This part of the system will spray powerful jets of water on the dishes and cups that are in the unit. Unfortunately, it can be possible for small pieces of food to get into the holes of the sprayer arm. If this occurs, this component may be unable to spray enough water to adequately clean the dishes. To prevent this problem from impacting the performance of your dishwasher, you should regularly use a damp cloth to vigorously wipe down the sprayer arm. By cleaning this arm once every month or two, you can dramatically reduce the risk of the sprayer becoming clogged.

Flush The Drain With Hot Water And Lemon Juice

Over the course of time, food particles and other residues will start to gather in the dishwasher's drain. This will greatly restrict or block the flow of water, and this can lead to the dishwasher overflowing when it is in use. You can help to prevent this problem by flushing the drain of the dishwasher with hot water every few weeks. The heat from the water will loosen these residues so that they can be rinsed out of the drain. You can help to combat the formation of odors by mixing lemon juice with the hot water before you pour it down the drain.

Protect The Dishwasher Against Hard Water

Older homes will often have hard water due to years of mineral accumulations on the interior of the piping. Hard water can be especially problematic for dishwashers because it can lead to deposits forming that clog the sprayers and drain. Hard water may also make the dishes more likely to develop water stains and limescale. Fortunately, most modern dishwashers are equipped to help minimize this problem through the use of water softening salts. To add these salts, you will need to locate the salt dispenser for the dishwasher, and this information can be found in the owner's manual. If your dishwasher does not have this feature, you may need to install an in-line water softener to purify the water before it enters the dishwasher. For more information, contact a company like Gopher Plumbing Supply.