Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Dishwasher preventative and maintenance tips that can extend the life of your dishwasher and help prevent unnecessary repairs. Below you will find some of my best recommendations for proper dishwasher operation.

Make sure that the dishwasher’s is installed level. This is very important and a reliable and experienced installer should know how to install this properly. For the homeowner however, please pay special attention during installation. A properly leveled dishwasher will prevent the racks from falling forward as you’re loading dishes and will also allow proper drainage.

Make sure the drain hose is properly routed to the air-gap Whirlpool Appliance Repair Los Angeles. If there is no “air gap” mounted on the sink then it must be routed and mounted to the top of the underside of countertop before routing to the garbage disposal drain port. This will prevent food particles from entering the drain hose which will eventually form a clog.

Add a cup of white vinegar through the dishwasher to remove residue and odors. Do this at least once per month. You can also add a dishwasher detergent additive to achieve the same results.

Always run hot water in the kitchen sink before starting the dishwasher. This will purge the hot water line and allow hot water to enter the dishwasher at first cycle. The water entering the dishwasher should be 140 F to properly clean the dishes and to prevent food buildup and soap scum. Most dishwashers have an interior heater element which is not of high enough wattage to heat cold water to the proper cleaning temperature.

Clean the door gaskets regularly with a soap solution to remove all food debris and hard water deposits. Rinse and dry. This area is especially important for cleaning since a proper seal is important to prevent leaks.

Clean and inspect the spray arm holes, lower and upper. Remove any food particles, plastics, or toothpicks that may have lodged there. Tweezers or needle-nose pliers may help to remove such items.

Make sure you do not overload your dishwasher. If the spray arm jets are obstructed by plates or other dishes then the dishes will not be cleaned properly. You may also get spray directed to the areas near the door seal and cause leakage.

Do not add more than the recommended amount of detergent. Excessive detergent will cause suds which will seep out door cracks and cause leakage. It may also cause unwanted damage to hardwood or vinyl flooring.

Add detergent additive such as LemonShine to remove unwanted hard water buildup and help cleaning. Phosphates are being phased out of all dishwasher detergent so additional cleaning power may be necessary.

Always use the “heated dry” option on the dishwasher. Most major brand dishwashers including Whirlpool, Kenmore, GE, Frigidaire, and Maytag will have this option. Wet dishes and a wet damp area such as the inside of tub, does not allow enough air flow to prevent mildew buildup. Eventually unwanted mildew and mold will build up on the inside of the sump components and also on the inside walls of the tub.

When Is The Right Time To Replace The Refrigerator?

You might have had that same refrigerator from the first day you were married. You already have three kids now, one just graduated from college. That fridge has been in service for quite some time, yes? There’s no problem with that really but sometimes, you have to know whether it’s wrong to hold on and it’s time to let go…

Okay, seriously now, some people walk by their refrigerators every day of their life and not notice anything wrong. The problem is, everything in the fridge screams the need for a replacement! How will you know if your refrigerator needs to be replaced? Here are some tips Refrigerator Repair Los Angeles.

Is your refrigerator older than your kids?

None of the modern appliances have been built to last a lifetime, and your refrigerator is one of them. Sooner or later, you will have to replace it. Many people agree that a standard refrigerator’s lifespan is around 15 years. If you know in your heart that your trusty refrigerator has reached (even exceeded) fifteen years, you have to replace it immediately!

You may not notice or you may not have given that much attention but your teenager fridge had been showing signs of old age already. Do not ignore the signs and replace it with a new fridge. Buying a new refrigerator will cost you money but at the same time, it will also save you maintenance cost. Also, your food will less likely be spoiled.

Is your refrigerator hotter than the Bahamas?

Refrigerators are made to preserve food by emitting cool air, not warm air. If you notice that your old refrigerator’s temperature is not as cold as it was 15 years ago, it’s one of the sure signs that you have to start looking for newer models.

It’s important to always check the temperature of your refrigerator. A warm temperature will cause spoilage in your food, not to mention you will have difficulties in making ice. The temperature of the fridge should be around 33-40 degrees Fahrenheit while your freezer should be as cold as 0- 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The temperature of a refrigerator can be easily adjusted but if you find out that no matter how you adjust the temperature of yours and still find it warm, don’t stick to that one. You may be endangering your family by letting them eat unsafe food.

Why should you replace your refrigerator?

Most of us would be reluctant to replace our refrigerators because of the cost we would have to pay. However, we may fail to realize that the amount we have been spending on maintaining and repairing that one old fridge we have costs so much more.

New efficiency standards have been set in 2001 by Energy Star. That was 9 years ago. Chances are, if you are using a model older than 10 years, you might be using three times more energy as it would have taken for a newer model to run. Imagine the amount of money you could have saved on paying for the electricity.

For example, you have an old 18 cubic foot refrigerator. If this is more than ten years old, chances are its energy rating is 100 kilowatts per month which is equal to around 1200 kilowatts a year. Today, you can easily find a new refrigerator, similar to your old one, still 18 cubic foot. That new refrigerator may cost below $500 and because of the new efficiency standards, you will only have to pay for less than 485 kilowatts a year.

Some would say they would rather get their refrigerator repaired than replaced because it costs so much lower. Well, here’s the news. Repairs are quite costly for old appliances because first, their components may be hard to find, and second, it simply is hard to repair. Repairing an old refrigerator may cost you $300, cheaper yes, but not if you consider the fact that you can buy a new refrigerator for $500.

Lastly, do not compromise your health or even your comfort. If you are having doubts about your refrigerator and its performance, replace it immediately. An old refrigerator with a poor performance will reflect on the food you eat. In the end, you will not be guaranteed with safe food because it has not been preserved properly.