Considering all of the appliances that we have in today’s world, dishwasher have probably some of the most suspected faults that can actually be fixed quite simply, without need for an appliance repair expert.
Below you will find some simple problem areas to check, that will save you time and more importantly, not needing to call a repair company and spend money, if it can be sorted with a little care.
Being phoenix appliance repair experts, we see common silly problems quite often, and it is just down to our customers not knowing how to take care and follow some simple maintenance instructions that are in all dishwasher appliance manuals! However, this does keep us busy J
Dishwasher Rinse Aid
One of the main complaints we hear about is that the dishes are often ‘streaky’ after a wash cycle has finished. This is not really a fault as such, it is simply that there is either a lack of rinse aid or the dosage of the rinse aid per wash is set too low. So, first things first, make sure that there is actually enough rinse aid in the compartment. This is usually a screw top that sits next to the soap compartment and is normally located on the door. On that screw top, or inside, there is likely to be a dial that allows a different flow rate of rinse aid, the scale is typically numbered one to six. As a general rule of thumb, the harder the water supply the greater the amount of rinse aid will be required, therefore the higher the number on the scale.
Rinse aid acts to make the water wetter. It sounds silly, but there is science behind this, that is, it reduces the surface tension between the water and allows it to flow with less resistance.
This chemical science also allows us to see how important it is to the cleaning function of a dishwasher and therefore the need for using a good quality detergent and rinse aid as they play a key part in cleaning your dishes.
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I’ve recently been having problems with the dishwasher that’s been in our home since we purchased our home. Your mention of checking to see if the lid that keeps your soap compartment closed is broken is a great thing to check, it may actually fix my streaking dishes. The problem I’m having seems to be a bit more serious than streaky dishes unfortunately, I may have to seek out a professional to handle the repair.
Great article. Thanks for sharing the information with us. This article definitely helps people understand whether they call a repair service for their dishwasher or not.
One of the things that I’ve noticed with my dishwasher, is that it is starting to not rinse things out thoroughly. Now it might be because I don’t rinse out my bowls beforehand but that’s beside the point. Maybe I have to up the number on the rinse aid? I’ll see if that works but if not, then calling someone is the next step.