What to Do When Your Dishwasher isn’t Cleaning Adequately
Opening your dishwasher to see dirty dishes after running it is always frustrating! There are simple things you can do and check that might fix the efficiency. A clean filter, water softener, clean interior, and water temperature are essential to make sure your dishwasher runs smoothly.

Clean the Filter

Older dishwashers tend to have built-in systems to break down food, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning a filter. However, newer models of dishwashers have filters that need to be taken out and replaced every so often. If your dishwasher isn’t cleaning your dishes effectively, it might be a sign to replace the filter!

Install a water softener

Hard water often leads to build-up and residue both inside the dishwasher and on dishes. This build-up on the valves, spray arms, and other parts of the dishwasher can damage and shorten the appliance’s life. Installing a water softener is a small investment that can elongate your dishwasher’s lifespan by years!

Clean the interior

Sometimes the answer to your dishwasher not cleaning correctly is that the inside needs cleaning! We recommend cleaning out your dishwasher with vinegar to eliminate any build-up from food or hard water. Try running a cycle with 3 cups of vinegar at the bottom. This should help break down any grease, food, or deposits from hard water.

Check Water Temperature

Hot water is essential to breaking down food and getting your dishes as clean as possible. If the water in your dishwasher is cooler than 120 degrees, the cleaning won’t be as efficient. A lot of dishwashers automatically heat water. However, some need to be heated manually. If you own one that requires you to heat the water, be sure you have it at a hot enough temperature to dissolve food and grit.

If you’ve taken all these steps and are still not seeing positive results, we recommend calling a professional to come to take a look. Here at Able Appliance, we’ll have your dishwasher up and running again in no time!