There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an arm and a leg on your appliances only to find that they break down a few short months later. Dishwashers are one of the most notorious appliances known for breaking down frequently. A sink full of piled up dishes isn’t just unsightly, it’s time-consuming to wash by hand! Unless you have a reliable handyman on call, usually, you’re out of luck and may even have to buy a new one.
As long as you’re buying a reputable brand and model that comes recommended by other consumers, then there’s no reason why you’re dishwasher shouldn’t last at least five years. If your dishwasher is breaking down before that period of time, then it may be time to ask yourself whether it’s a result of failing to take care of it. The good news is that there are ways to extend the life of your dishwasher by following the right tips. Read below for how to make your dishwasher last longer.
Get Rid Of Debris
A lot of people make the mistake of putting their dishes directly into the dishwasher from the table, covered in pieces of whatever they ate for their meal. Unfortunately, this will result in your dishwasher getting clogged in no time. It’s important that before loading the dishwasher that you scrape off any big pieces of food into the trash can.
Although some people go to the lengths of completely rinsing their dishes off, it’s not considered necessary, and could even be considered wasteful.
You’re better off scraping your dishes and letting your dishwashing detergent do the rest. Otherwise, you’re paying double the water bill that you would be paying without rinsing.
Use Less Soap
Some people believe that the more soap you use, the cleaner your dishes will be. However, the truth is that the more soap you use, the more you can clog up your dishwasher and ruin it. On top of not using too much soap, it’s important to note that not all soaps are created equal, either.
Make sure that you refer to your particular dishwasher’s manual for recommended soap types. The manual will clearly outline what kind of detergents are best and why.
Don’t Overload Your Washer
Same as you shouldn’t overload your washing machine, nor should you overload your dishwasher. Putting too many things in your dishwasher won’t just affect how clean you get your dishes, but it will also overwork your washer.
When you put too many dishes in, the spray arms can hit the dishes, resulting in a lack of water circulation, or worse, breaking the spray arm altogether. Always follow the recommended max capacity levels in your dishwasher’s manual.