A giant convenience that leaves you realizing how much you actually use and appreciate it when something goes wrong with it.. Your dishwasher. Doing the dishes isn't considered a fun experience by most people, especially not if they are stuck washing them all by hand. Luckily, there a couple things you can do to help prevent or at least prolong a needed repair!
Your dishwasher has a filter, do you know where it's located and are you frequently cleaning it out? Many answer no to this question, not realizing that there is even a filter on it. The filter is typically located at the bottom of the tub, it looks like a cap that you turn counter clockwise to take out and clockwise to put back in. You should be taking it out to clean it about every 2-3 cycles. The screen can be tough to clean out, use something not sharp to scape off the build up on it as you do not want to puncture the filter. If you don't clean it regularly, you may experience your dishes not getting cleaned well or other issues causing failed or little performance from your dishwasher.
It's important that you keep a happy medium of how dirty the dishes you're putting inside of the dishwasher are. You don't want to leave big chunks of food or especially anything solid loose on the plate, risking it getting into the pump area. A piece of glass is a common culprit of making its way into certain areas it has no business being in, causing damage to components of the dishwasher. However, believe it or not, you shouldn't completely clean all of your dishes before putting them inside the dishwasher. Weird, right? We know. But many modern dishwasher have sensors that sense how clean the water is, no dirty dishes can cause the dishwasher to believe the job is done earlier than it should be. To get the best performance, rinse your dishes off beforehand but don't scrub them clean. Give yourself a break!
One thing we do not want to see to many of in a dishwasher are suds, suds can cause leaking. Dish soap is a very large contributor to this, you should never use regular dish soap such as dawn inside your dishwasher. You should also be mindful of the detergent you are using, some use lots of Dawn and have been known to cause leaking among some homes. A leak can cause major floor damage, giving you an even bigger headache than you already had. In a dishwasher, there are several things that can cause it to leak and it can be a bit challenging to diagnose. That being said, we do not recommend trying to tackle this issue on your own so your headache doesn't expand past your dishwasher.
Dishwasher not draining? What a headache that can be. A smelly one too, depending on how long it's been out of commission. A great thing to do in this case so you aren't left with that wretched smell is use a shop vacuum capable of vacuuming water to get the water out. If you don't have one, no worries we are always prepared to do this for you on our first service visit. Even if we somehow don't have the part you need, we won't leave you left with that smell. Now, have you had any work done to your garbage disposal recently? If the installer did not knock out the plug in it, this will cause the dishwasher not to drain. Several other things can cause your dishwasher not to drain as well, the pump could be stuck or have failed completely as well as the drain hose could be clogged too. We are happy to accurately diagnose such an issue, give us a call now to get our next appointment!