Perhaps one of the greatest kitchen inventions of all time was a dishwasher. If for any reason your dishwasher stops working, it is truly a tragedy and you need to get it repaired ASAP. In spite of this, there are a few things that you can do on your own to help keep your dishwasher running properly, as well as make sure that your dishes are getting clean, every time. If your dishwasher is not working in your dishes are getting clean enough, the first thing you want to do is to check your hot water heater’s thermostat. If it is less than 140 degrees, your dishwasher will not be able to clean your dishes efficiently, because it needs this temperature of water to maximize its cleaning capacity. When your dishwasher is loaded full of dishes, you have to make sure that the bottom spray arm is able to turn freely and is not being obstructed by any dishes or utensils that maybe hanging down in between the wires of the rack.
We also want to make sure that the inside bottom of your dishwasher is free of any debris and is clean. It is also very important to follow the manufacturers loading procedures, as well as using the appropriate amount of detergent. You also want to make sure that you are using detergent that is specifically made for dishwashers. One issue that many people are having with dishwashers, is the fact that phosphates have been eliminated from all automatic dishwashing detergents. This is because they were required to comply with specific environmental regulations that were made effective on July 1, 2010. By eliminating phosphates in dishwashing detergents, it is creating the same issues of white mineral films on glassware and other dishes in your dishwasher. Although some packs and tablets work better than others, you may want to experiment with your dishwashing detergent find the best one for your tastes.
In addition, because of the lack of phosphates in dishwasher detergents today, you may also want to use a dishwasher cleaner, a lime deposit remover or other dishwasher safe cleaning products, to help minimize the buildup of film from detergents in your dishwasher. If your dishwasher door is not closing properly, the first thing you want to do is make sure that your dishes are loaded in such a way that they are not blocking the door from closing properly. Also, ensure that the latch is functioning properly, because if it does not close properly, your dishwasher will not run. If your dishwasher is leaking at all, you will also want to make sure that you are loading it properly, because in many cases, the dishwasher can be run empty and it will not leak. If this happens with you, it is very likely a problem with the loading of your dishwasher. In addition, other issues associated with leaking dishwashers are that the door is restricted on the opening, and the racks have not been positioned inside the dishwasher as they are supposed to be.