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Appliance Repair – Dishwasher Demystified


Your dishwasher is your essential sidekick to every meal and clean up. Fortunately, this sidekick does not need superhuman intelligence and skills to troubleshoot some of its problems. Here is a list of the usual issues with dish washers and how you can fix them without calling an appliance repair technician…at least not yet.

  • Food Particles still on the Dishes even after wash

Food may be seen clearly on the plates, bowls or spoons. Most notable are those on the upper drawer. Plates feel grimy to touch. Also consider the period of time since the unit has been bought. Has it undergone any maintenance? 

The most probable cause of this issue is a dirty filter. As not all dishwashers are designed the same way, please refer to the product manual for locating and cleaning the filter.

  • Water is still inside the dishwasher

This occurs when there is a new garbage disposal unit placed but the knockout plug has not been taken out for whatever reason. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do at this point except to call a plumber or technician to take out the plug. After which, you must observe all water must be drained through a drain hose. 

  • All the dishes, bowls are still wet

Dishwashers require a separate rinse aid. This liquid is used for quick drying and water evaporation, to get that very clean, non streaky look. You must use a separate rinse aid since a dishwashing solution with rinse aid will not do. 

  • There’s a thin whitish covering on the dishes

This may be caused by use of hard water or water which has a lot of calcium and/or magnesium levels. This affects the inner surface of the dishwasher, the dishes, and even drinking glasses. 

While rinse agents and detergents can help prevent this from happening, hard water will make it harder to get the result you want. In which case, Lemi Shine and other boosters can significantly help. 

  • My dishwasher is taking more time than usual to wash

The abnormal cycle may be brought about by a number of factors. One is forgetting to drain hot water in the sink before operation. Another is forgetting to set the proper temperature up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You can ring up the technician so the temperature setting may be set up and properly done. 

  • Leaks, leaks and more leaks!

You may notice a puddle underneath your dishwasher. This may be caused by using a soap that’s too bubbly or maybe you are using too much. Cut back on the soap and observe. 

Leaks can also be brought about by dishes being propped improperly inside the tray. Water then makes its way to the floor through loose door gaskets. If the hose is loosening up or maybe even the pump seal, leave this for the expert. 

If the dishwasher is an old one that leaks or if it is already five years old, it may be a sign to get a new one. 

Learn what to look for and how to fix simple issues on your dishwashers with these simple guides and maybe avoid expensive appliance repair.

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