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A dishwasher is one of the most convenient appliances in any kitchen. It helps you to save time and energy while keeping your dishes sparkling clean. However, there are some things that you might be doing that can ruin your dishwasher and shorten its lifespan. Here are the top five things that you should avoid doing to ensure that your dishwasher lasts for years to come.

  1. Overloading Your Dishwasher

While it might be tempting to fit as many dishes as possible into your dishwasher to save time, overloading it can actually cause more harm than good. When the dishwasher is too full, the water and detergent can’t circulate properly, which can lead to poor cleaning performance and even damage to the dishwasher’s interior.

  1. Using the Wrong Detergent

Using the wrong detergent can harm your dishwasher and leave your dishes looking dull and cloudy. Make sure that you use a detergent that is specifically designed for dishwashers and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

  1. Not Cleaning the Filter

The filter in your dishwasher is designed to trap food particles and debris to prevent them from clogging the dishwasher’s drain. However, if the filter is not cleaned regularly, it can become clogged and prevent water from flowing freely. This can cause poor cleaning performance and potential plumbing backup.

  1. Putting Non-Dishwasher-Safe Items in the Dishwasher

Putting items that are not dishwasher safe, such as wooden cutting boards, cast iron pans, or delicate glassware, can hurt your dishwasher and even cause a fire. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before putting anything in the dishwasher to ensure that it is safe to do so.

  1. Not Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your dishwasher running smoothly. Make sure that you clean the interior of your dishwasher regularly, check the spray arms for clogs, and inspect the door gasket for signs of wear and tear. It’s also a great idea to have it checked by a qualified plumber if you suspect any issues.

Keep your dishwasher running smoothly for years to come and enjoy sparkling clean dishes by avoiding these five mistakes. Still having trouble with your dishwasher? Get in touch with us at Powell’s Plumbing today!

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