5 Tips How To Help Your Dishwasher Live Longer

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Michael Foster
April 03, 2024
Home appliances
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The average dishwasher costs over $200, so it's not a cheap purchase even though it can save you a lot of time and energy. Dishwashers usually last between 8-15 years before breaking. We've put together our top tips to make your dishwasher last longer:

Scrape off food residues

That doesn't mean you should rinse your dishes; in fact, washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is not at all necessary. But before loading your dishes, be sure to take out any solid objects like bones, toothpicks, and other items. These pointed pieces can damage the pump, rip the filter, and clog the drain hose. If left in your dishwasher for a long time, this residue can build up and start to smell. This makes properly scraping the plates a good idea at all times.

Clean the dishwasher filter regularly

Even if you carefully scrape your plates, some residue will eventually escape your efforts. For this reason, it's a good idea to check and clean the filter frequently. To prevent the same residue from contaminating the following wash, we advise you to check the filter after each cycle.
Simply take the filter out of the dishwasher's base and wash it under hot, running water. If necessary, use a toothbrush to scrub the mesh panel. You can replace it once it is clean without having to wait for it to dry.

Inspect the spray arms

Depending on how frequently you use your dishwasher, you should also occasionally remove the spray arms and clean them in a water and washing detergent solution.
While you're at it, look for blockages like fruit pips and other small food items that might have gotten stuck in the jets. Run water through the inlet of each arm as a neat trick to make sure it is not blocked.

Keep the salt topped up

Dishwasher salt helps your detergent work more effectively by softening the water during your cycle. Additionally, it avoids the buildup of limescale, which can help your dishwasher last longer.

Deep clean the dishwasher every two months

Deep cleaning your dishwasher involves cleaning the racks and interior accessories as well as giving the appliance a once-over with a microfiber cloth. By sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the base and using the hot, quick setting, you can also freshen the interior of a particularly pungent dishwasher.