How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a dishwasher

The 3 most-repaired parts on a dishwasherSome dishwasher parts are replaced more than others due to wear and tear from everyday use. All dishwasher brands, whether it is Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Kitchen Aid or a Kenmore dishwasher, share similar parts which function in much the same way. Here then are the top three most-repaired parts on a dishwasher according to sales from our website. Continue reading

Why Is My Dishwasher Leaking?

Dishwasher leaking

There is nothing more frustrating than having to clean up after your appliances. A leaky dishwasher can be the result of several factors. Even small leaks can cause structural damage to your flooring in your kitchen. Repairing your leaky dishwasher through a repairman can be expensive and stressful- unless you consider yourself handy, then repairing your dishwasher can be an easy process.  It is important  to  Continue reading

Smelly dishwasher? Dirty dishes? Clean your filter!

Open dishwasher with dishes in rackDoes your dishwasher smell? Are your dishes coming out feeling gritty or covered with fine food particles? To fix this, clean your dishwasher’s filter.

Most new dishwasher models have a removable filter (also called a manual-clean filter) that you should clean on a regular basis. The filter sits below the lower dish rack and spray arms. There might be a cylindrical fine mesh filter and coarse mesh filter cover, as show in this video. Both these parts can be removed and cleaned in your sink with a little dishwashing soap and warm water. Check and clean out the sump area (the hole where the filter goes) for any food particles or other objects that may have become lodged there.

Why do dishwashers have filters?

The filter catches food particles and prevents Continue reading

Why does my dishwasher leave a white film on my glasses and dishes?

Why-does-my-dishwasher-leave-a-white-filmIf your dishwasher is leaving white residue or a white film on your dishes, it might not be due to your appliance, but your detergent.

In 2010, phosphates were removed from dishwashing detergents. If you live in an area with hard water (high mineral content) your dishes and glasses could be left with a white film from mineral build-up. To combat this, add a citric acid cleaner like, Lemi-Shine or this Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner by GE, with your dishwashing detergent in the dispenser. You can also run your dishes through again with the Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner alone.

Rinse aids and other “hard-water boosters” can also keep glasses from becoming cloudy and soften water as well.

If after doing this you are still finding a white residue remaining on your clean dishes, then there might Continue reading

Why does my dishwasher not drain?

Open dishwasher with dishes in rackIf your dishwasher is not draining, or there is too much water left over at the end of the cycle, it might be due to food particles blocking the sump area, or it could be cause by a clogged dishwasher drain hose or a defective part like the motor or drain pump.

It’s normal for some water to remain in the dishwasher after the cycle to keep the seals in your dishwasher from drying out. However, standing water that covers the heating element or that is more than one cup of water is not normal and could indicate a drainage problem.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

Clean your dishwasher

This is the easiest fix, so start here first. Use a towel and some hand protection (there could be broken glass or sharp food particles where you cannot see them) to clean the area around your sump, below the sprayer arms. These items could be clogging your drainage system.

Check the drain hose for clogs

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How to remove melted plastic from your dishwasher

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It may have happened to you – you place a plastic container or utensil in your dishwasher and it falls on to the heating element of your dishwasher and melts, leaving behind a mess. How do you remove the melted plastic from the heating element in your dishwasher?

You could try scrapping the still melted plastic off of the element. Use extreme caution if you choose to do this, as them plastic will be hot as well as the element and you could possibly burn yourself. You might Continue reading

Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen Appliances

Spring Cleaning For Your Kitchen AppliancesAppliances need cleaning too, and we’re not just talking about wiping up spills and splatters. Soap, dirt and debris from everyday use can accumulate inside and outside your appliance, making it work harder in order to perform and possibly costing your money. Lack of cleaning and maintenance can also lead to a possible early breakdown. Here’s what needs cleaning on your appliance.

Dishwasher

a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit

Remove the racks from your dishwasher and check them over for chips and cracks in the vinyl coating. Use a Dishwasher Rack Repair Kit to fix any tines on your dishwasher rack to prevent the metal underneath from rusting.

Remove the racks from your dishwasher and check them over for chips and cracks in the vinyl coating. Use a Continue reading

Appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Appliances-can-help-you-keep-your-New-Year-resolutionsTrying to save money? Lose weight? Your appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Organize your refrigerator to save money and lose weight

Save money and lose weight by better organizing your refrigerator.  American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, according to a statistic reported in the Washington Post. Make sure you use the food you buy before it expires by moving those items to the front of the fridge where you will be reminded to use them.

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Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan

Avoid costly repairs by cleaning your dishwasher

Most people think that they do not need to clean their dishwasher, but over time parts can become coated and clogged with excess soap residue, food particles and broken pieces of plastic, glass or bone. Taking the time to disassemble a few parts from your dishwasher to give them a good cleaning will not only improve your dishwasher’s performance, but could possibly extend the life of your appliance and save you money by avoiding costly repairs.

Below are some tips on what to clean in case your dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes as well as it use to do.

Dishwasher Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher?