2 Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

At PartsWarehouse, we’re offering our two best dishwasher maintenance tips. Read below to keep your dishwasher working its best!

1. How to Get the Best Clean

Have You Inspected Your Dishwasher’s Spray Arm Lately?

The spray arm is the apparatus resembling a fan blade at the bottom of the dishwasher. The spray arm contains several holes that allow for the flow of pressurized hot water to clean your dishes.

Unfortunately, the spray arm can tend to become clogged with detritus or food debris after prolonged use. To get—and keep—your dishwasher cleaning your dishes efficiently, consider removing the spray arm and using either a thin pipe cleaner or a piece of wire to feed through the spray arm. Doing so will remove bits of accumulated debris from spray arm, and will allow for more effective water distribution the next time you run the dishwasher.

If the spray arm has accumulated excessive amounts of debris that a pipe cleaner cannot handle, then consider soaking the spray arm in vinegar to remove deposits of calcium or other minerals from the spray arm. After soaking it, try to clean it again with a pipe cleaner.

In case neither of these options works for you, and your dishwasher’s spray arm remains clogged, then consider replacing the spray arm with a new one from Parts Warehouse.repair dishwashers at PartsWarehouse

2. How to Stop a Leaking Dishwasher

If your dishwasher leaks water from the sides or bottom of the door, don’t panic—you probably don’t need to go out to replace your entire dishwasher. You may just need to replace your dishwasher door gasket. The dishwasher door gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the inside of the dishwasher where the door should close snugly.

After years of use (or disuse) the gasket can begin to dry rot or lose its dexterity which will cause the seal to weaken and allow water to escape. Thankfully, the solution is cheap and easy—in fact, just about anyone can get this job done.

All you will need for this repair is a pair of needle-nose pliers and a damp cloth.

Step 1: Remove the Old Door Gasket

Find the end of your dishwasher door gasket. Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, pull the gasket from the channel.

As you do so, take note of how the seal fit into the channel, so that when you install the new seal, you can do so properly, and orient the new seal in the same way as the old one.

Step 2: Clean the Seal Channel

Once the old seal has been removed completely, take a damp cloth or paper napkin and clean the channel that housed the seal.

Often dirt, debris, or old food gets lodged in this channel and could be one of the causes of your old gasket’s failure. Cleaning the channel now will allow the new dishwasher door gasket to fit better.

Step 3: Install the New Door Gasket

If the new gasket that you purchased or received is too stiff to manipulate, then you may need to soak it in warm water until it becomes more easily malleable.

After doing so, take the gasket at its middle point and begin to fit the middle point of the gasket at the center and top part of the channel. Press the gasket into the channel along each side until it is completely installed.

Make sure that equal amounts of the gasket are left at the ends of the channel. If they are unequal, then you may encounter difficulty shutting the dishwasher door. If this happens to you, then remove the gasket from the channel entirely and reinstall it.

Once the new gasket has been secured into place, shut the dishwasher door to ensure a proper fit.

And wa-lah! Your dishwasher should be in working order again. Once the seal is in place and you can see that the dishwasher door fits securely and closes properly, you can run your appliance again. When you start a new cycle on your dishwasher, check to see that the leaking has stopped too. If it has, then your job is done! Now on to the next project….

If your dishwasher needs repair, contact PartsWarehouse at [email protected] or by phone at 866.243.2721 today!

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