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Dishwasher Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

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Your dishwasher does a lot of housework throughout the year, calling for routine dishwasher maintenance. This is especially true come summer time and around the holidays when we invite our friends and family over more often.

You’re not alone if you’re worried about this essential home appliance failing.  That’s why we offer home warranty coverage on dishwashers, garbage disposals, refrigerators, and stoves, too.

Why Maintain the Dishwasher?

It’s important to regularly wash and maintain your dishwasher to keep up with the hustle and bustle of your home, or else you might notice strange odors and specs on your dinnerware.

After all, your dishwasher does a lot of work for you. It’s important not to not take this appliance for granted. If you’d rather not go back to hand washing every plate, bowl and spoon, maintain this appliance mechanically as well as give it a thorough cleaning.

Are you considering a home warranty on your dishwasher? Call us today to learn more: 860-288-4791

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4 Ways to Keep Your Dishwasher from Breaking

Cleaning and maintaining your dishwasher is simple and can be done a few ways. Follow our dishwasher maintenance tips below to clean your own.

1. Proactively rinse and properly load your dishes

The first step to cleaning your dishes isn’t to place them right in the dishwasher. While this may seem obvious, it’s important to rinse your dishes to keep food particles from getting stuck in the mechanical parts of your dishwasher.

In addition, don’t overload your dishwasher. This will keep water and soap from reaching all areas of your dishes and could cause you to wash them by hand once you go to use them.

2. Clean the dishwasher filter

Your dishwasher most likely contains a trap at the bottom to catch large food particles from washing down the drain. So, how do you clean the dishwasher filter?

The dishwasher filter operates in a variety of ways and will not always look exactly the same across appliances. It most likely looks like a mesh screen that can be taken out, shaken off and rinsed. It may also look like a grate above the drain hole, or for more modern dishwashers, there could be a device which catches the food particles the same way and must be removed, cleaned and replaced.

Clean the dishwasher filter by shaking it out over the trashcan and rinsing under the sink. If you’re still unsure of where to find the dishwasher filter, carefully check around where the water seems to drain.

3. Check the spray arms

If your home taps into hard water, there is likely a lot of mineral buildup around the spinning parts of your washing machine which spray water. This can also happen over time from food particles. Use a pipe cleaner around the holes and consider soaking the arms in vinegar if there’s especially bad mineral buildup.

Be careful moving the arms of your dishwasher as they are not meant to be removed easily and you could have to remove them to truly get a good clean. You may find that there is an issue with your spray arms that requires assistance. When you have a home warranty plan, we’ll get you in touch with a service technician to handle mechanical issues in no time.

4. Run a load with just vinegar

Some dishwashers might have a lifetime of buildup to clean. This could be a mix between mineral deposits from hard tap water or grime from food particles.

To run a load that will help rinse away heavy build up, fill a bowl with vinegar and place it on the top shelf in the dishwasher. Pour some of the vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher as well. Then, run your dishwasher empty of any dishes. This will help break down any dirt or debris so once the load is done, you can take a clean cloth and wipe down the inner surfaces easily.

How a Dishwasher Home Warranty Will Help You

Did you know Select Home Warranty protects appliances, no matter their age?

Over time, all appliances require routine cleaning and maintenance. And given more time, they also require repair. With a home warranty, you can call on us to repair or replace your dishwasher when the time comes. We will help you coordinate with a qualified service technician to identify and fix the problem so you’re back to loading your dishwasher in no time. You can customize your home warranty plan so that it covers the essential areas of your home, such as if you have a pool, garage door, or other unique mechanical areas.

Be sure to keep track of past maintenance records as well if you have had to call on a technician in the past for your dishwasher. This documentation is essential for us to process your claim.

Get your FREE quote today to start comparing coverage options. Select is here to cover your home and your wallet. Call now: 860-288-4791