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Dishwasher maintenance you can easily perform.....
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Post# 311373   10/24/2008 at 15:00 (3,587 days old) by mihi ()        

Thought I'd post this. I got it somewhere off the internet. Its directions on doing maintenance on your Dishwasher:

Those of us who have a dishwasher usually take it for granted. Most do a pretty good job of cleaning our dishes and can save us time in the kitchen. But there are some things you can do to make it run more efficiently and do a better job. Try some of these tips, and see if they don't work for you and your dishwasher.
Start with a clean machine. Remove the dish racks and clean the inside of the unit. If you need to scrub the surface, use baking soda and water on a rag. Check the bottom of the unit for small pieces of food, flatware or pieces of dishes and remove them.
While the dish racks are out, clean them and use protective covers over any bare metal spots. These are available at your hardware store.
While you have room to work, check the holes in the spray arms to make sure they are clear of debris. Use a toothpick to clear them if they are clogged. If your spray arm moves up during the wash, check the movement and make sure it is working properly.
Next, put the dish racks back in and pour a gallon of vinegar into the unit and turn it on for a light cycle. This will get rid of the mineral deposits that can interfere with the spray arms and detergent-cup movement, among other things.
If your heating element isn't working, your dishes may have spots and may not be getting as clean as they could be. To check the heating element, you will need a continuity tester, and this should be done only if you know what you are doing. If the element is bad, it can be replaced fairly easily once the water is clear and the power has been disconnected.
One way to boost the hot water in your unit at the beginning of the cycle is to run the sink until the water is hot and then start your dishwasher. Use the cold water on your houseplants.
Standing water after the end of the cycle might mean that your pump isn't draining properly. Check the drain hose under the sink and make sure it's not kinked.
A good detergent is also helpful, and anti-spotting agents that can be added are helpful as well.
Take care of your dishwasher, and it will take care of you.

Post# 311387 , Reply# 1   10/24/2008 at 15:58 (3,587 days old) by favorit ()        

"pour a gallon of vinegar into the unit and turn it on for a light cycle"

it's better waiting the drain pump stops, otherwise vinegar is wasted. :-))

Post# 311480 , Reply# 2   10/25/2008 at 09:48 (3,586 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

One GALLON of vinegar? Are you sure?
I don't think my dishwasher can hold much more than one gallon of water when washing, figures vinegar and water!!! After all it's 3,8 litres! For a full wash with prerinse and 2 rinses it uses 18 litres (4,7 gallons) of water and with current standards it is as much as two washes in a very efficent machine

Post# 311482 , Reply# 3   10/25/2008 at 10:40 (3,586 days old) by jaytag ()        
Run the water first before turning on dishwasher

That is a great tip that I practice as well. I run off the cold water in the pipes into an empty gallon jub. When the water comes out hot, then I push the start button on the dishwasher. I use the water to water plants both inside and out. It really helps the washing power of the dishwasher.

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