Eliminating the burden of hand washing dirty dishes, dishwashers are essential appliances in residential and commercial kitchens. A dishwasher connects to the kitchen sink plumbing for clean water supply and wastewater removal.
How a Dishwasher Works
- Water and detergent are mixed together and heated by the dishwasher.
- Mixture is sprayed against the dishes and then pumped out.
- Clean water rinses dishes and then drained out.
- Dishes are dried by heat or air drying.
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Common Dishwasher Problems
Dishwasher installation involves plumbing and electrical connections and therefore requires service professionals for successful results. While stopped sinks cause water to backup into dishwashers, faulty connections lead to clogged drains, poor performance and water leaks. Some of the common plumbing problems with dishwashers include:
Every dishwasher contains a filter basket that stops large pieces of food from entering and blocking the drainpipe. Trapped food particles in the filter basket will rot and release offensive odors. Clean on a regular basis the filter basket with soapy water to eradicate rotten odors in your kitchen.
If your dishwasher completes a cycle without cleaning properly the dishes, most likely the dishwasher arm is clogged. The dishwasher arm is constructed from small holes responsible for distributing water spray evenly around. Clogged holes on the dishwasher arm will inhibit full spray action and overtime cause poor dishwasher performance. Clean the filter and wash arm with soapy water to enhance the performance of your dishwasher by 50%.
Clogged Dishwasher Drain
A slow draining dishwasher indicates a clogged drain. Check the dishwasher drain for food obstruction and pull out what you can. If the dishwasher still won't drain check the draining hose located beneath the bottom panel for clogs, folds or kinks. Call the plumber to replace faulty draining hose.
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