Even a relatively new dishwasher can create problems if it you don’t clean it periodically. In fact, the main reason the dishwasher doesn’t clean properly is that one or more parts are either covered by old soap residue or have lime and hard water deposits blocking the holes of the water spray arms. Therefore, the best way to fix a dishwasher in this situation is to clean it.
How to identify the problem?
The first step when you want to fix your dishwasher is to remove all things from the holders. Then look inside and check how clean the dishwasher is. Start with the water spray arms and continue with the water delivery tube, the filters, the bottom of the dishwasher, and the detergent dispenser. Most people don’t even realize how high the amount of residue can be in any of these parts.
How to check and clean the water spray arms?
Generally, it’s enough to turn the arms counter clockwise and to pull gently, in order to remove them. The most common problem connected to these parts is the deposits formed in the holes, which reduce the water flow and determine poor cleaning. Use a wire or something similar to remove the clogging and then wash with vinegar to remove all the deposits.
What’s wrong with the water delivery tube?
Sometimes, this part simply changes position and the water doesn’t have the same pressure when arriving to the upper water spray arm. You should make sure the two parts are aligned correctly and no water is lost on the way. When you fix a dishwasher, this plastic part should be cleaned too and, if there is also a filter, you should check if it’s in the correct position.
How to clean the bottom of the dishwasher?
Dishwashers have a filter on the bottom. To clean the bottom, you should remove this filter. The surface beneath is usually dirty, mostly because of the soap residue and the food particles from the dishes. You can clean this mess using cleaning products or with baking soda or vinegar, as there will also be lime deposits. Before putting the filter back, make sure this is also clean. You can gently clean it using a toothbrush and some vinegar.
Can the detergent dispenser cause the problem?
Yes, if it’s not periodically cleaned. You should check for soap deposits, as these could block the communication between the dispenser and the rest of the dishwasher. In order to keep this part clean and to prevent lime deposits, you can choose a detergent that is suitable for the type of water in your area. Most dishwasher producers recommend using powder detergents, which are more efficient, thanks to the fact that they dissolve quickly in water.
Is there a way to prevent this problem?
Cleaning the dishwasher once a month can help you maintain the dishwasher clean. An easy way to fight lime and soap deposits is to put about half a litre of vinegar on the bottom of the dishwasher and then run a complete cycle in order to allow the machine to clean itself. Lemon juice, baking soda, or any specific cleaning product from the store can substitute the vinegar, if you don’t like the way it smells. Always use dishwasher salt granules to prevent damages caused by hard water.