When your dishwasher quits getting your dishes cleaned, you can't exactly just toss it in the back of your car and drive it in for repairs – well, you could, but that wouldn't be very convenient. So, instead, you'll find yourself an in-home appliance repair technician to come out and make the repairs right there. But wait, before you bring in a professional to fix the dishwasher, there are a few things that you can try on your own to get it operating again. Here, you'll find the most common issues that can cause problems with getting the dishes clean in the dishwasher the first time around.
Change the Products
Have you been using the same products for a while and now they don't seem to be working as well? Well, unfortunately, the products may not have worked well to begin with, but they caused a layer of film to form on all of your dishes that has made it more difficult to remove the dried-on food and grease without pre-scrubbing before loading the dishwasher.
Give your dishes a good soak in a sink full of hot water with a few cups of white vinegar added to it. Give them a few hours to soak, and then, load them into the dishwasher. Load the dishwasher with a new, high-quality dishwashing liquid or pod. Run the cycle through and check your dishes. Did the film reappear or is it gone?
Use the dishes and run them through the dishwasher a few more times – if the machine seems to be working as it should, keep using the better products. If not, there's another problem that needs to be addressed.
Test the Water
Have you had your water tested to see if you have hard water, or do you know that you have hard water and have a water softener system installed? Hard water can be destructive to home appliances. Many don't think about how bad all of the contaminants in the water are for the appliances, but they should. Those contaminants build up inside the waterlines, drains, and all through the jets and system that the dishwasher needs to operate properly.
Take a sample of your water to your local home improvement store. They'll test it for you and provide you with suggestions on how to clean the water that isn't cleaning the dishes very well.
Hopefully, you'll be able to get your dishwasher running again, but if you don't, you can always call an in-home appliance professional from a company like Pro Appliance LLC.