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How to Tell If You Need a New Dishwasher

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As time passes, the performance of appliances will deteriorate. A defective dishwasher may not be obvious to the eye, but there are some clues that can reveal a problem. If any of these situations describe your current device, you should think about getting a new dishwasher.

If the dishes feel cool after going through a wash cycle, this is a big sign that the dishwasher is not functioning properly. To ensure that the dishes are clean and sanitized, the water must reach at least 170°F. The temperature of the dishes may indicate a problem with the heating coil. It is sometimes more cost-effective to simply buy a new dishwasher rather than repair the heating mechanism.

Another hint that it is time to say goodbye to your dishwasher is if the water refuses to drain. This can occur because of cracking or crumbling of the drain. The inadequate disposal of water may eventually leak out of the appliance, which can cause permanent damage to your flooring. The pool of standing water may be caused by a clog of food remnants in the drain. However, if the issue persists after the debris is cleared, a new machine is needed.

Having a dishwasher door that latches correctly is imperative to the function of the device. The door must shut in order for a cycle to run. Warping could be the reason that a door will not latch properly, which can lead to unnecessary leaking.
Dishwashers have a ten year life span if they receive regular maintenance and repairs. If your home has a dishwasher older than ten years, it would be a smart investment to purchase a new one. The current market has energy efficient models that can reduce the amount of water needed for each cycle. This water conservation will lower your water bills, thus saving you money.

A new dishwasher is mandatory if there is a crack in the body shell of your current appliance. The machine is designed in a manner to keep water and soap from reaching the mechanical workings. However a crack in the inner body makes the dishwasher susceptible to damage from the leaking water and detergent.

Rust is an absolute warning you need to replace your dishwasher. This occurs when water runs down to the bottom of the device. Eventually with enough water damage, rust will be produced. This is not a problem that you can see right away, so it important to check for corrosion. To do this, you simply need to sweep under the dishwasher, making sure to reach all the way in the back. If you find rust flakes, then you should purchase a new dishwasher.

If your dishwasher is showing signs that it is reaching the end of its life, the professionals at Richardson Plumbing can help. We will inspect your current model to see if a repair or replacement is required. We have decades of experience and are highly skilled experts that can assist in all your home’s plumbing needs. Richardson Plumbing is located in Florence, KY and provides service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Dishwasher

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A dishwasher is used to clean your family’s dishes every day, however you probably don’t ever think about cleaning it. Most people think that this appliance is cleaned with each use but actually that is not the case. Food and other debris collect on the inside of the machine and can build up over time. This buildup can cause the dishwasher to become dirty and can cause it to perform poorly. There are a few things that you can do to keep your dishwasher clean and running smoothly.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your dishwasher will keep it running smoothly and will make sure that your dishes are spotless with each wash. One of the most important things to do is to use your dishwasher on a regular basis. Using it more frequently will make sure that any debris inside the machine will not settle at the bottom which will reduce the need for cleaning. However, periodically you will need to clean the appliance thoroughly by following these steps:

  1. Empty the dishwasher – Run the dishwasher through a normal cycle and then remove all of the dishes making sure that the inside is empty. This will allow you to have easy access to the inside and allow you to clean it properly
  2. Clean and Inspect the Spinning Arms – Your dishwasher operates by spraying water via the spinning arms. If the arms are not spinning properly or the holes in them are clogged then your dishes will not be cleaned. You will want to check the openings in the arms and clear any debris using a toothpick, piece of wire or pliers to remove any clog, which will allow the water to flow freely. You will also want to make sure that the arms spin freely and correctly.
  3. Clean the edges and exterior – After cleaning the inside, you will want to clean off any buildup that may be on the edges of the dishwasher to make sure that the door is closing properly and is able to be sealed to allow proper cleaning. The edges are not washed during the regular use of the dishwasher and often collect debris that builds up. This can be cleaned by using any regular household cleaner and a cloth. Make sure to wipe underneath the door, all flatware baskets and the soap dispenser.
  4. Clean the Drain – the drain to the dishwasher is located at the bottom and is often a place where food can build up. If you do not clean this debris out it can cause a clog and create unpleasant odor. Simply clean the area by removing anything in the drain so that the dishwasher can work properly.

In addition to regular use and an occasional thorough cleaning you should run your empty dishwasher with an acid to remove water deposits and buildup to make sure that your dishes continue to come out sparkly and not dingy. You can use lemon juice, lemonade or vinegar by placing it in the detergent dispenser. All of these tips can help you keep your dishwasher running smoothly.

At Richardson Plumbing located in Florence, KY we can help you with dishwasher maintenance and taking care of your dishwasher and all other appliances. Contact us for all of your plumbing needs as we proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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