Each and every single piece of equipment, electronic device or appliance that is properly maintained over a period of time will eventually stay in a great condition and have a longer lifespan as well. If you are a homeowner and you want to keep your electronics and appliances in a top condition then make sure that you find enough free time in order to properly maintain them. For example, your dishwasher will greatly benefit from your attention and if you put a couple of maintenance tips and tricks into practice, you might never encounter any problems with it. Here are a few helpful pieces of advice which you should put into practice in order to increase the lifespan of your dishwasher.
Eliminate big food remains before washing the dishes
A dishwasher can greatly simplify your work (or your wife’s work) in the kitchen because it can do the dishes for you in a short period of time and with great efficiency. However, you can also help your dishwasher have an easier job by removing the biggest food remains from the dishes before putting them inside the dishwasher. As a result, this kitchen appliance will get through less wear and tear and it will function perfectly in the long run too. Some of the food remains that you can remove from your dishes include fish bones, olive kernels and so on.
Don’t make the mistake of washing too many dishes at once
Although you might think that you can save time and have a lot of clean dishes right away, washing too many dishes at once will only make your dishwasher work too much and not in an efficient manner. Try to be patient and wash the recommended number of dishes during a washing cycle if you don’t want to have problems with your dishwasher in the near future. If you really need to have all the dishes cleaned as soon as possible, put the dirtiest ones in the dishwasher and clean the others by hand.
Try to soften the water you have in your household
Hard water can be a real problem for your appliances in the long run and you should do something in this direction. Although drinking hard water is not really that harmful for your health, your appliances will have to suffer greatly if they constantly run on hard water. This happens because the calcium and magnesium minerals can stick to the internal components of your dishwasher, for example, and cause it to run improperly. Later on, you might have to incur expensive repairs in order to make your dishwasher work correctly again.
To avoid this, it is a great idea to consider softening the water in your household. There are many types of filters and softening devices which can be attached to the main water pump and which can decrease the hardness of the water you use every day. If you use such filters, your dishwasher will not get damaged by hard water and your washing machine will remain in a top condition over time as well!
Vinegar can help you thoroughly clean your dishwasher
Vinegar is a wonder substance that can be used with great success in cleaning pretty much everything in your house. If you want to keep your dishwasher in a great condition, make sure that you pour a cup of vinegar in it and you run an empty load once every 10 days or so. This little trick will thoroughly clean the interior of your dishwasher and it will also eliminate bad odours, food remains, greasy build-ups and other impurities.
Make sure that you also clean the dishwasher door too
The door of your dishwasher also requires attention and a proper cleaning process. Make sure that you use lukewarm water and a mild cleaning product in order to eliminate any stains, spots, dust or dirt build-up from the door of your dishwasher. Also, it is important to insist on the sealant of the door as well and clean it thoroughly. As a result, not only that the door of your dishwasher will close properly and you won’t spend money on expensive repairs and replacements, but your kitchen appliance will also look as brand new again!
Load the dishwasher properly
When placing the dishes in your dishwasher, make sure that you stack them facing inwards and downward, for a more effective cleaning process. Also, make sure that all the arms of your dishwasher can spin freely inside, before starting the washing cycle.
If you put these tips and tricks into practice, you will protect your dishwasher from serious damages and enjoy it for more years from now on. Additionally, if you ever have a problem with your dishwasher or any other kitchen appliance, give us a call and we will send our appliance repair specialist to fix it in a timely fashion.