Maintenance tips for your dishwasher
The dishwasher is one of the most appreciated home appliances. In addition to simplifying the chore of cleaning dishware and utensils, it uses considerably less water than if the dishes were washed by hand.
1Clean and deodorize the interior.
Periodically use a warm rag and some household cleaner to wipe the space between the door and bottom of the tub. Food particles often collect here and lead to mold growth, as this location remains untouched during the wash cycle. Use a pipe cleaner or sewing needle to remove food particles, bits of paper or other debris from the spray arms’ small holes. Never use a toothpick, as the tip can break off inside of the wash arm. A deodorizer specifically designed for dishwashers
makes it easy to prevent mold growth and keep the interior smelling fresh. A rust-removing solution
designed for dishwashers will eliminate rust stains. You can clean the door (exterior) with warm water and a small amount of dish detergent.
2Clean the filter.
Your dishwasher may have a filter located near the bottom or under the lower spray arm. This filter should be inspected and cleaned regularly. Follow your dishwasher owner’s manual for specific instructions about how to properly remove and clean this filter, if equipped. If there are any holes or other damage to the filter, you’ll need to replace it immediately to protect the dishwasher’s pump and motor seals from damage.
3Repair dish racks.
If the plastic coating wears off of your dishwasher’s top or bottom rack, repair as soon as possible. Use replacement tine tips, which are available in an array of colors to match your unit’s racks. Use touch-up paint to cover flaking paint. If left alone to rust, the racks may corrode, allowing small shards of rusty metal to enter your dishwasher’s pump, leading to expensive repairs.
Enter your dishwasher model number in our search field
to find replacement tine tips, touch-up paint and many other parts for your model.
4Don’t overload it.
Cramming two loads into one load will restrict the water spray patterns, which will prevent proper cleaning and require you to have to rewash, wasting water.
5Repair broken components.
Enter your dishwasher’s model number in the Repair Help section of our website to get specific repair tips for your model.
RepairClinic has replacement parts for dishwashers including dish racks, rollers, spinners, water inlet valves, gaskets, pumps and more. Enter your dishwasher’s model number for a list of parts
recommended for your dishwasher.