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

Prolonging Your Dishwasher’s Life

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Your dishwasher is probably the second most used appliance in your home, next to your refrigerator. If you aren’t taking proper care of your dishwasher, it won’t last for as long as it’s supposed to. We’ve compiled a list of places to clean and precautions to take in order to sustain the life of your unit: Continue reading

Why Is My Dishwasher Leaking?

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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

10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

3559029_l (1)As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  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

After turning off the water and power to your dishwasher, check the Continue reading

How to dispose of, donate or recycle old appliances

Old refrigerators waiting to be recycled Before you haul that old garage refrigerator to the curb, check to make sure how you should properly dispose of it. Here are some environmentally-friendly and lawful ways of disposing of your old appliance.

Remember, you can be held liable and fined if you do not handle the disposal of your old appliance or electronics correctly. Be sure to check with your state, city or town to know what laws are in effect in order to follow them.

Read more How to dispose of, donate or recycle old appliances

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.

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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

What’s the best way to clean a baseball cap?

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Like everything, a beloved baseball cap will get dirty. So what’s the right way to wash it?

First, check the care label and construction

Most caps are made out of cotton, cotton twill, cotton polyester, or jersey with a plastic form replacing traditional cardboard brim, according to QualityLogoProducts.com.

Baseball caps made of wool, need special care (see below).

Washer, dishwasher or handwash?

QualityLogoProducts.com advises Continue reading