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By Laura Grady | Other/Just Looking in San Diego, CA

How to Maintain the Proper Working Condition of Dishwashers in San Diego Condos

Do you have a dishwasher in San Diego condos that does not function the way it used to? Are you tempted to purchase a new one? It is enjoyable to purchase a new kitchen appliance, but if you're on a tight budget, getting hold of the needed cash may be not easy. Don't surrender on your old dishwasher yet. You can mend several common problems without spending a lot of money. With the direction of your owner's manual, and a couple of repair tips, your dishwasher can be functioning efficiently once again.

Your dishwasher should still be running efficiently 11-13 years later, with built- in models commonly surviving longer than portable models. General maintenance tips to observe include:

·         Do not overload your dishwasher. Also, never place delicate items on the top rack.

·         Wait until you have a full load to start the dishwasher and follow the manufacturer's recommendations on kinds and quantities of detergent to utilize.

·         Test out hoses on a regular basis for cracks or leaks.

·         Use citric acid once in a while to polish off stains

·         Clean the exterior of the dishwasher with a cleaning cloth and dish soap when needed, avoiding the control panel.

For homeowners of San Diego condos who need to repair on a limited budget: If you need a replacement part, you may not have to pay extra money for name brand parts. Drop by the local junkyard, and take the parts you need from the discarded dishwashers. You may be required to pay for the parts, so inquire about prices before you begin taking out the parts. You may also go to thrift shops and recycle centers. You possibly able to remove the part you need if the appliance is going out for scrap, or waiting to be recycled.

These are the typical repair problems you may encounter with dishwashers in San Diego condos:

The dishes still dirty: Determine if you have chosen the suitable wash cycle. Shorter cycles may save water and energy, but if that cycle is not fit for the load, the tableware won't come out clean.

If the water is not hot enough: Turn on your kitchen faucet, and observe how fast the water heats up. If the water temperature is not hot, find out if the control knob can be switched up to a higher temperature.

Extreme food wastes may be blocking internal filters, so take out the filter and clean if necessary. To avoid a congested filter, scrape food off dishes prior to putting into the dishwasher.

Detergent cups are oftentimes coated with old detergent, preventing cups from opening and distributing the detergent. Scrape off old detergent, and if it's caked too severely, you may have to purchase new detergent cups.

Water leakage- The main tub seal may be leaking. Situated under the drain impeller, the main tub seal prevents water from leaking into the motor shaft. Water levels in the dishwasher should hardly cover the heating element, and if levels are above that, water can leak.



By David & Samuel Rifkin,  Fri Feb 8 2013, 13:01
Thank you very much for this great information.

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