Cleaning And Unblocking Your Dishwasher

Is your dishwasher blocked, or in need of cleaning? Would you like to know how to take care of these issues yourself? In this article, we will discuss how to clean and unblock your dishwasher.

When your dishwasher isn’t wanting to drain, there are as few things you can do to help fix the problem at hand. The first thing you can do is to clean out your garbage disposal. In a lot of instances, the water from your dishwasher will drain out through the waste disposal. If your garbage disposal is full, this can make it difficult for the dishwasher to drain itself. Be sure to completely run your disposal to be rid of any clogs that may have formed.

The second thing you can do to help unblock your dishwasher is to clear out your air gap. To do this, remove the cap and remove any debris that may have collected there. Another method for fixing your dishwasher that is clogged is to use a solution that will break up and eliminate these clogs. First, mix baking soda and vinegar and dump this down the bottom of the dishwasher (through the basket). Allow the solution to sit for up to fifteen minutes, and then follow it with boiling water. You should see a difference with your dishwasher’s ability to drain.

To clean out the inside of your dishwasher, you will want to do something similar. Empty the drain before you do anything else, and then add one cup of white vinegar to the dishwasher. Run the washer through a hot water cycle. Next, repeat the process with baking soda. Your dishwasher will be bright, clean, and smelling great!

Try the tips in this article for a clean, unblocked dishwasher. However, if your dishwasher remains unblocked calling for a dishwasher repair service will surely be beneficial.

3 Simple DIY Dishwasher Repairs

kitchenaid-dishwasherLike any home appliance, it is inevitable that at some time your dishwasher will be in need of some kind of repair. But before you call in the experts, check if any of these three simple do-it-yourself repairs may solve the problem:

1. No Power

First and foremost, check if the dishwasher is plugged in and that there is power to the unit. Switch the dishwasher on – there should be a light somewhere that will let you know whether power is reaching the appliance. Check the wire to see if there is any damage as well as the plug to ensure there are no loose wires.

The door should be locked in place and the control switch activated. These are all simple repairs that don’t require an expert.

2. No Water

If there is no water entering the dishwasher, check the connection to see that it is attached to the water supply as well as the appliance and that the water is turned on. If the water still isn’t running, check the main water switch to see if it is turned on.

If there still is no water, make sure that there is power to the machine. Check if there are any blockages in the pipe, screen or filter and clear them.

3. No Draining

A dishwasher that doesn’t drain properly is probably caused by a blockage. First, make sure that the sink trap is clean and free of any debris. Remove the strainer or filter and clean it.

Check the outlet pipe for any blockages that may be preventing the water from draining. Run tap water to identify if there is a pipe blockage and to flush the blockage away once the pipe has been disconnected from the dishwasher and the outlet.

Always remember to turn the water and power supply to the dishwasher off before attempting to make any repairs.