Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning the Dishes
Check the Vent: If the vent is clogged, the dryer won’t be able to heat properly. Regular cleaning should be performed by a professional since the process usually entails taking the appliance apart.
Let’s face it your household depends on your dishwasher to clean all of your dirty dishes, kitchen utensils, and not to mention all of your pots and pans. So it’s important that you have a reliable dishwasher or nothing stinks then having no clean dishes lying around. Because your dishwasher is one of the most-used appliances in your household, you might encounter a few problems if you aren’t maintaining it from time to time. So here are three common dishwasher problems that have quick solutions. Caution: Remember to always unplug your dishwasher before making any repairs.
Dishwasher Doesn’t Run
If you turn on the dishwasher and it doesn’t run, most likely, there’s a problem with the power. Check to see that the door is securely latched and the control is engaged. Or unplug it and press the reset button if the dishwasher’s cord is plugged into a GFCI receptacle.
Check the electrical panel on the dishwasher for a tripped circuit or a blown fuse. If this is the case, switch the breaker to off and then back on. If this doesn’t work, replace the fuse.
Dishwasher runs, but doesn’t fill up with water
Check to see that the water is turned on. Check the hot water supply stop valve, located under the sink. Turn it counter clockwise all the way to open up the valve.
Another solution is to after when the dishwasher is cool (don’t do this right after a wash cycle), look for the float inside the dishwasher, this looks like a small plastic dome or cylinder mounted inside at the tub’s base, near the front. Lift out the float mechanism and clean with a damp rag around the float tube. Or you can disconnect the float from below, but you have to remove the lower access panel. Once the float is removed, rinse it off with water and then put it back in the tube. Make sure the float moves up and down properly when you put it back.
If the dishwasher water flow doesn’t automatically shut off, then there could be a problem with the float, the timer might be stuck on Fill, or the water inlet valve is stuck open. Once the dishwasher overfills, immediately unplug the dishwasher. Reach into the cabinet and lift up the dome-shaped plastic float switch. Doesn’t lift up? Then remove the plastic top from the stem, clean the stem, and then replace the dome.
Here are some points about using your washing machine that are interesting to know.
Only use small quantities of low suds soap. Good front loaders are water saturation machines as opposed to water immersion machines, so each fill is very small and the clothes are just sloppy wet. They tumble back and forth in a polished stainless steel drum. It only takes a small amount of soap to saturate this solution.
Identify which compartment the inlet wash will run into by setting the machine on cold fill and momentarily start the machine with the dispenser slightly open
Place the small amount of soap in the appropriate dispenser drawer so that the inlet flow of water dissolves the soap.
Now place a full sized load in the machine. How do you know if it is a full load? Pack the clothes firmly but loose until you can just fit your hand between the top of your load and the top of the drum. A bit awkward to discover until you are used to packing the machine, but it’s worth getting it right for the future longevity of the machine and clean washing. Front load washers work better and last much longer without problems if a mostly full sized load is applied. Small loads tend to place more strain on the mechanism because they are unbalanced, even if the machine appears stable while working.
Most good quality front loaders have the facility to set the water temperature. The best setting for cleanest washing and low machine maintenance is to set the machine for a 40 degree wash and have it fill with cold water first. Some stains like blood and others are best washed with cold water. As the machine washes, it heats the water gently from cold to the setting of 40 degrees. So you are getting a range of temperatures to best deal with the stains.
Another reason for the 40 degree settings is to activate the soap enzymes. Enzymes dissolve body fat and greases for clean hygienic washing, and this keeps your machine clean and smell free. Don’t purchase cheap soap without enzymes. When the water heats, the chemists who make the soap say it takes 15 minutes at 40 degrees to activate the enzymes. That’s one reason why front loaders take a bit longer. Ideally 50 degrees is best, but it pays to be cautious as some delicates may be effected by the higher temperature. The amount of power consumed to heat the water is also negligible as the amount of water being warmed per fill is small.
Keep the door seal of the machine clean. Wipe in the folds of the rubber frequently and ensure no items remain in them. Another point is to be diligent about cleaning out your pockets. Coins and keys for example can do irreparable damage to drums and pumps etc. So keep foreign objects out of the drum.
Avoid using fabric softeners if possible. In some cases fabric softeners can form a reaction with the soap and leave stains on your wash and can form a greasy deposit in the machine.
Now that you have a solidly mounted level washer, with a full foreign object free load, and a small amount of soap with a temperature setting of 40 degrees, you can select a wash cycle. Choose a NORMAL cycle for average washing. and away you go.
It is wise not to leave your appliance running when you are not in attendance. Although automatic appliances are designed for our convenience faults can occur and things can go wrong. Should this happen, if someone is around to intervene then a nasty experience might be avoided. Consider this when using you appliances.