Disappointment: Reasons your Dishwasher is Underperforming

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Dishwashers make your daily task of cleaning dishes so easy. Rather than having to soap and rinse individual dishes by hand, it’s a good feeling to have all your plates, cookware and cutlery safely put away for a washing cycle, and only a short while later everything you put in emerges looking clean, sparkling, and dry! However, for every 99 washes that are perfect, you may find one that doesn’t fully wash your dishes the way it should. If this happens, it could be for any of a number of reasons. In this article we’ll go over a few of these reasons, as well as give you some easy tips for future dishwashing excellence, every time and for every use.

The symptoms

There are a few typical symptoms of an underperforming dishwasher. The main one is still unclean dishes, pans and utensils sitting in your dishwasher after a wash, but a few others might include no drainage of washing water (where the stagnant water just sits in your dishwasher) or an unpleasant odor. These could show you that some part of your dishwasher isn’t performing as well as it could be, or has malfunctioned and needs a replacement.

The reasons

There are many things that could be stopping your dishwasher from cleaning its contents properly. Hard water deposits either in the operating parts or pipes may be preventing the flow of water from properly draining, or dispersing. Another reason is sometimes your dishwasher may not complete its washing cycle, and so water that was mid-wash remains in your dishwasher without draining out.

However, the main reason a dishwasher might not be performing at its best is because it may need a good old-fashioned clean. Blockages, build-ups and more can be solved with Finish dishwasher cleaner.

The solution

  1. Check the dishwasher parts by hand to see if there are any blockages. These could be larger pieces of food, or small parts of cookware that might be stuck in your dishwasher’s filter. If you find anything, simply remove the filter and empty the contents before giving the filter a simple rinse under running water and replacing it.
  2. Scrubbing harder to reach parts, such as the corners of your dishwasher, the hinges or even the holes of your dishwasher arm, could help dislodge any larger blockages. However, you could forgo this part of the cleaning task if you have a good dishwasher cleaning agent that will do much of the job – it also works to clean the pipes!
  3. Finally, clean your dishwasher consistently, either after every 100 washes, or every three months depending on the frequency of use. This consists of adding a dishwasher cleaner to the machine as directed, and running an empty cycle. Finish Dishwasher Cleaner removes grease, lime scale and food deposits, and also unclogs your dishwasher, ensuring that it keeps working at its very best every time.