How to Aid Your Dishwasher With Running Better

Do you ever clean your dishwasher?

The thought of doing this doesn’t run through many people’s minds very often, seeing as there is already soap and water running through the unit on a regular basis. Bathtubs and showers typically have more amounts of soap and water running through them, and yet the still need to be cleaned regularly. So why should your dishwasher not be treated the same?

Just like the dirt and grime that build up in your shower, food and other debris can build up in your dishwashing machine, giving your dishes a lesser quality of clean.

Here are 5 proven tips to take your dishwasher to a new level of clean.

#1.) Wipe away soap scum with white vinegar

White vinegar is great for removing stains of all kinds, whether they be on carpet or inside a dishwasher, and an excellent way to reduce mold and mildew.

For the parts of your dishwasher that can easily be removed, mix 2 cups of white vinegar with hot water in your sink or a larger soaking area, and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Wipe the remainder of the unit with the solution while these are soaking, making sure you include the top, bottom, and sides.

#2.) Check for rust and if you find any, take care of it

Like any other appliance, rust can be a sign of age and should be addressed immediately. Rust cleaner is produced for individual units, so be sure to find one that is specifically for dishwashers.

#3.) Check and clean the filter

Many owners manuals will provide you with enough information to clean your unit according to it’s manufacturer and individual needs.

The filter resembles a basket that catches debris, and not all dishwashers will come with them. But for those that do, your owner’s manual will specify the best way to remove and clean it. Most of the time, the filter can easily be removed though, and thrown into the sink to soak with the other parts of your unit.

#4.) Do a deep cleaning

Again, the best way to clean and maintain your dishwasher is by following the owner’s manual. If you can no longer find yours, the internet can be a great place to find a substitute or one close to it.

It is recommended that you perform a deep clean on your dishwasher every six months so get rid of food and other debris, and keep all of your other parts in working order.

#5.) Always remove debris from your dishes before placing them inside the dishwasher

By completely scraping off any stuck on foods, you not only make your dishes cleaner, but you save your dishwasher from being clouded with it. Often times, these foods will fall off and move somewhere into the dishwasher and the more it adds up, the more it will stick around.

4 Obvious Signs Your Dishwasher Needs to Be Replaced

Dishwashers can help make our lives easier in many ways and when something goes wrong with them, the first thing on most people’s minds isn’t to go out and buy a new one. Just because a part of your dishwasher isn’t working though, doesn’t mean there isn’t an easy way to get it fixed.

There are several components that make up a dishwasher and the key is finding which one isn’t doing it’s job. If your dishwasher is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could actually be that time for that new replacement.

Of course before making a final decision, it’s usually best to have a professional come and look at your unit and make a final assessment.

Symptom #1: Not Wanting to Drain

Have you ever left your dishwasher to run a load, but come back bit later to find that a lake of water has drenched your floor?

If your washer is leaking water onto the floor or has standing water inside of it, there could be a crack inside somewhere causing the problem.

Symptom #2: Water Won’t Get Hot

Dishwashers use hot water from a heating coil or water heater. and when you open the door to your dishwasher and don’t feel the usual heat coming out it could be because the heating mechanism isn’t working.

This is certainly something you want a professional to look at, because sometimes it can be cheaper to get a new dishwasher all together. And who doesn’t get more excited about a new dishwasher before they get excited about a water heater or heating coil.

Symptom #3: Door Latch Doesn’t Work

As you probably know, you can’t run a load of dishes if the unit doesn’t securely close. With time and frequent use can come wearing and tearing of certain components, but the good news is they can usually be fixed if the problem isn’t too big.

Symptom #4: Rust on the Bottom

A sign of rust means that your dishwasher has been dealing with standing water for some time, and can’t really be replaced at this point. You really just need to get a better idea of the damage.

But instead of moving the entire unit out of place to check underneath, use a broom to sweep under it to check for flakes of rust.

Remember, it’s best to call a trusted professional before making the final decision about your broken dishwasher. Even if you need another opinion on top of that, it’s best to contact someone experienced to save you time and money that you may have never needed to spend.

Keep your dishwasher running smoother by following these maintenance tips.


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How to Know If Your Garbage Disposal is Broken For Good

Garbage disposals have grown to be a great benefit in our modern day homes. Housed beneath our sinks, they make our lives life easier by eating our leftovers and getting rid of other unwanted food products we no longer have a use for.

Often, foreign objects will sneak into the disposal or too much food being inserted into it can cause the entire thing to become clogged.

But what do you do when your disposal isn’t wanting to work for you at all?

In this blog post, I would like to share some of the ways you can tell if your garbage disposal is broken before you decide to call a professional appliance repair technician or get a new one once and for all.

Hint #1: Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On At All

When you flip the switch on your garbage disposal and nothing happens, there is more than likely an electrical problem. This could possibly mean that an attempt to put too much down the disposal could have caused it to overload and short out the circuits.

If resetting the circuits and trying the rest button on the disposal don’t work then there’s the unfortunate chance that it is seriously broken.

Hint #2: Disposal Comes On But Doesn’t Devour Food

When you can get your disposal to turn on but not take care of the food you are putting into it, there’s a good chance that the flywheel is stuck on something or the motor has locked up. This problem can also cause the circuit to overload and the disposal to turn off, which can cause drastic damage if the unit is left on during the process.

Hint #3: The Disposal is Making Humming Noises

There are times when you may turn on your disposal and all you get is a humming sound. Often times, tiny products can get stuck in, under, or near the flywheel of the disposal and in a difficult place to remove.

The most important thing to remember in this situation is to never leave the unit on for more than ten seconds so you don’t burn out the motor. Refer to the video below for more detailed instructions for removing debris from around your flywheel, or see this article.


How to Clear a Clogged Washer Drain

Washers are one of the most commonly used appliances in modern day homes. Simple to use and quick to clean, washers save us from taking the time to wash our clothing and linens by hand. So when the hose becomes clogged and your washer is temporarily out of order, getting your unit first quickly is important.

The good news is that a clogged washer pipe can be fixed without having to call a professional, and for relatively cheap. If you are feeling up the challenge, grab the following tools and follow these guidelines to get your washer back on track in no time.

What You Will Need
-Source of Water
-Metal Coat Hanger or an object that can function similarly
-Before you begin, best practice suggests that you check all of the other drains in your hose including the ones in your toilets.

Step #1: Dismantle the Hose

Using your pliers, loosen the hose by gripping the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the back of the washer.

Turning at a counter clockwise direction, keep going until you are able to completely able to pull the hose directly from the back of the washer.

Step #2: Find Your Clog

It can be dark behind your washer so for best precision, use a flashlight to guide your search for the clog. If you cannot see it, give it another try, or simply consider giving a professional plumber a call.

Step #3: Drain the Hose

If your have been able to spot the clog, place a bucket underneath the hose and stick the straightened hanger inside. Pushing the hanger through the hose will loosen the sides of the clog, and any other parts of it that may be stuck.

Step #4: Clean the Hose

After loosening up the debris that make up the clog, use your source of water to rinse out the hose. At this point you should start to see the debris come out of the hose, so allow them some time to do so. When you notice that the flow of debris begins to slow, use your flashlight to look deeper into the hose to best determine if they are all removed.

It’s not unlikely to miss some components of the debris after all, some of them may break up into even tinier pieces that could come out in time.

Step #5: Test

After placing the washer hose back into the wall, perform a test to see if the drain is still clogging up. If so, you can either repeat the process, or give a professional a call.