A dishwasher is a relatively low maintenance appliance, but it requires regular attention to prevent problems from occurring. The interior of your dishwasher should never need cleaning, but it is always a good idea to clean the outside, especially around the controls, to make sure they function properly. With a dishwasher, it is a matter of keeping an eye on little things that, if not handled properly, could become big problems.

The Power

Your dishwasher should only be plugged into an outlet that is properly maintained and grounded. Since you have water coming into contact with electronic parts in your dishwasher, keeping it grounded is going to go a long way towards preventing fires and electrocutions. You should check your dishwasher power plug every once in a while to make sure that the vibrations of the dishwasher have not pulled the plug out of the outlet and exposed the metal pins on the plug.

Check The Door Gasket

If you start to notice water on your kitchen floor, then the gasket on your dishwasher door might need to be replaced. You can check by opening the dishwasher door and looking to see if the gasket that surrounds it is cracked or peeling. If the gasket is damaged, then you can have a professional technician come to your house and replace it right away.

Check The Level

Your dishwasher needs to be level to work properly and safely. Once a month, you should put a level on your dishwasher to make sure it is still perfectly level to your floor. You can adjust your dishwasher by turning its legs clockwise or counterclockwise to move them up and down.

Clean The Sprayer Arm

Over time, the sprayer arm in your dishwasher can become clogged up with small food particles and other debris. Once a month, you need to remove your sprayer arm and soak it in warm vinegar or warm soapy water to break up the debris and remove it. After you have soaked your sprayer arm and replaced it, you should run your dishwasher to get the remaining debris out of the distribution holes.

Monitor Your Filter

Every dishwasher has a filter that collects excess food and debris to prevent the debris from clogging up the discharge hose. Your user’s manual will show you exactly where your filter is located, and you should carefully clean it once every week. If you notice holes in your filter, then you should contact your dishwasher manufacturer to order a new filter immediately.

Keep And Eye On Your Hoses

The water feed and discharge hoses on your dishwasher should be soft to the touch when you are not using them. If you feel hard spots on either hose, then you should have that hose replaces. Sometimes you will check your hoses and notice that certain spots feel like they are softer than others. Those spots are losing the insulation underneath the rubber coating and they need to be replaced as well.

For the best possible routine maintenance on your dishwasher, you should have an HVAC professional look it over at least once a year. A professional can see problems coming and help you to turn the possible need to replace your dishwasher into an inexpensive repair bill instead.