A dishwasher is generally a low maintenance appliance. Below are some tips for keeping it clean and running well.
Cleaning & Deodorizing
For exterior cleaning, just wash the exterior of your dishwasher with a damp sponge and a little dish detergent.
For rust removal on the INSIDE of your dishwasher try fine steel wool or a rust remover product.
On many dishwashers, there's a filter near the bottom, or under the lower spray arm that needs to be cleaned twice a year or so. If you have this sort of filter, check your owner's manual to find out how to remove and clean it. If it has holes in it, replace it to protect the pump and motor seals from particles that may be in the dishwasher.
Over time, the small holes in the spray arm(s) of your dishwasher may become clogged with bits of paper, toothpicks, glass, etc. Your dishwasher will do a better job of cleaning your dishes if you take a moment to clean out these small holes, from time to time. Remove the spray arm and clean it by poking a piece of stiff wire through the holes. Then shake the spray arm to make sure nothing is inside, such as seeds from fruit like watermelon. Finally, scrub any mineral deposits off the spray arm with hot distilled white vinegar. (The cap holding the spray arm in place is typically reverse-threaded, which means you should turn it clockwise to remove it. Be careful not to drop the nut or washer into the motor.)
Dish rack repairs
If the plastic coating wears off of the tines of the dish racks in your dishwasher, they may corrode and rust. Promptly repair cut or chipped plastic coating on racks to prevent rust. Use steel wool to remove rust and cap the damaged rack tines with slip-on rubber tips. You can get a rack- or tine-repair kit from the manufacturer.
My dishwasher won't drain.
If your dishwasher won't drain, clean the filter at the bottom and try running it over again. If this doesn't work call a qualified repair expert.
My dishwasher is not getting dishes clean.
Overloading could cause this. Try taking some of the dishes out. On some machines it is important not to cover the "power tower cleaner" located in the center of the dishwasher. If you put too many pots and pans on the bottom rack the water won't be able to get to the dishes on the top rack.
Won't Drain Water in Tub Bottom.
Detergent Cup Not Empty.
Food Soil Remains On Dishes.
Items Washed in the Dishwasher or the Dishwasher Tub Itself are Stained / Discolored.
Items Not Properly Dried / Moisture is Present on the Dishwasher Interior After the Dry Cycle.
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