How to Maintain a Dishwasher


One other question that has been raised in the community is how do you maintain your dishwasher to keep it in peak condition so, if this is something you would like to know – then read on…

The Dishwasher is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. The typical working life of a dishwasher is 9 to 10 years and there are many factors that determine how long your dishwasher will last. All dishwashers have mechanical parts, these parts will wear out over time and the more you use them the faster they will wear out.

There are other factors such as humidity and water hardness that can corrode some parts. However, it all depends on how you use and care for your dishwasher.  There are some useful tips that can help you to prolong the life of your dishwasher, ensuring that it operates efficiency, and do the job for which it is designed for; sparkle clean your dishes and cutlery.

1. Read the manual

It is essential that you read the manual that comes with your dishwasher and follow the instructions meticulously, both for operating the dishwasher and to maintain it.

2. Clean it regularly

It is very important to clean the dishwasher at regular intervals. Ensure that the drain, filter and spray nozzles are clear and there is no impediment in their normal operation.

3. Scrape the dishes

To reduce the load off the dishwasher and to avoid clogging of filter and drain, scrape off leftover food, bones, toothpicks and thick greasy material from the plates, pots and cutlery. Remove labels from new containers and plates, otherwise they may clog in the pump and filter.

4. Change hoses

Life of a dishwasher may be 10 or more years depending on usage but the inlet and outlet hoses get corroded earlier. They may also have a build-up of minerals. Replace inlet and outlet hoses every 5 years or earlier if you suspect a leak or a build-up of minerals. This will ensure proper flow of water.

5. Only put dishwasher-safe items in it

Ensure that you put only items which are marked as dishwasher-safe. Otherwise an item may break or melt and the pieces may clog the unit. Some people clean garden tools, painting items and even car parts in their dishwasher. Avoid this practice as it will decrease the life of your dishwasher.

6. Avoid using abrasive

Do not use abrasive chemicals, bleach wipes, abrasive cloth, steel wool on the inside of your dishwasher.

7. Hard water issues

If the water in your area is known to be hard water, then use regenerative salts or other water condition products in the water treatment system of your dishwasher. This will help reduce the mineral buildup and prevent clouding and spot marks in the dishwasher.

8. Clean dishwasher cycle

Regularly run the clean dishwasher cycle, to clean the dishwasher automatically by itself. This will help prevent dry-rotting of the seals, gaskets, hoses and will also prevent forming of mold and mildew.

9. Avoid overloading the dishwasher

Resist the temptation put in one more cup or plate to overload the dishwasher. This may result in the entire load not cleaned properly. It is much more efficient to wash one or two pieces by hand than to re-run whole cycle again.


Furthermore - a selection of very popular Dishwasher brands and Dishwasher products are also outlined here that may be of interest to you – so feel free to compare further or view prices by clicking on any of the images provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of maintaining your own dishwasher by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!


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