When you open your dishwasher, you want to smell nothing but cleanliness. Unfortunately, if you have problem with your dishwasher, this might be far from what you experience. At Authorized Appliance Repair, we invite you to keep reading for dishwashertroubleshooting options . Then call us at
Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher
The most obvious solution is the one to
try first – clean out your dishwasher. You might glance at it and
think that it is clean enough, but mold and food particles can become
stuck in many places within the dishwasher. To clean it, take out all
dishes, take out the lower rack and clean it by hand, then wipe down
the dishwasher with hot water.
Make sure that you are wiping down the
soft rubber door gasket and the spray arms. Then put the lower rack
back in and put a cup of white vinegar in the middle of it. Run a
wash cycle with hot water to distribute the cleaning solution to
areas you could not get to by hand. Then remove the cup, sprinkle
baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher floor, and run a wash
cycle with hot water again.
Unclog the Spray Arms
If washing the dishwasher as described
above does not fix the problem, then try unclogging the spray arms
and support. Remember that food waste can get stuck in the holes of
these spray arms, and this food can cause mold or bacterial growth –
both of which can stink. Clean the spray arms by removing them from
the dishwasher and letting them soak in hot water. Then use a
toothbrush to get to anything that is lodged in the holes.
Clean Out the Filter
The filter’s job is to strain out
food particles so that they will not go down the drain in the
dishwasher. Once again, this can cause mold growth and bacteria to
flourish. To clean the filter, turn off your dishwasher at the wall
or unplug it. Then take out the lower racks and the spray arm. Grab
the filter and firmly pull it up and out.
You can clean the filter with hot
water, dish soap, and a dish brush. Pay special attention to the well
in the middle of the filter – that is where food and dirty water
can get trapped most easily.
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