Essential Dishwasher Maintenance Tips for a Long-lasting Appliance

The dishwasher stands as a cornerstone of modern living, offering unparalleled convenience in the kitchen. Not only does it efficiently cleanse your dirty dishes in a fraction of the time it takes to wash them by hand, but it also contributes to water and energy conservation, courtesy of your water heater! However, as with any appliance, you may notice over time that your dishwasher’s performance isn’t quite up to par or detect an unpleasant odor emanating from it. Fear not, as there are several maintenance tasks you can undertake to ensure your dishwasher’s longevity.

Seal Inspection

Chances are, your dishwasher will outlast the rubber gasket forming the seal around its door. When this gasket dries up and develops cracks, it can lead to water leaks on your floor and cabinets. Find replacement information in your dishwasher’s user manual or enlist the expertise of a local professional plumber for timely repairs.

Screen Cleaning

The bottom of your dishwasher boasts a screen designed to capture large food particles and loose silverware, preventing plumbing blockages. To maintain optimal functionality and prevent odors, it’s advisable to periodically remove and clean this screen.

Spray Arm Nozzle Cleaning

Most dishwashers sport at least two removable arms adorned with spray nozzles. These should be periodically removed and soaked in warm, soapy water. Afterward, use a small brush to meticulously clean each nozzle for optimal performance.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can occasionally become problematic in dishwashers, but addressing this issue is straightforward. Simply pour approximately two cups of white or apple cider vinegar into the empty dishwasher, then run it on its heaviest setting.


Ensure the bottom of your dishwasher is level by using a level tool. If it’s uneven, adjust the legs until a flat surface is achieved. An uneven dishwasher is less effective and may lead to drainage issues.

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Posted on November 22, 2023