Dirty Dishes Are Not Always the Dishwasher’s Fault
When a top-of-the-line dishwasher goes into a kitchen remodel, often our clients are pleased as punch.
A tested San Diego plumbing company for over 20 years, we refrain from celebrating too quickly, however. We know that in a month or so, we may well get a call saying the dishwasher is not getting the dishes clean. Why did they spend so much on a fancy dishwasher only to get mediocre results?
YOU are not loading the dishes efficiently.
Learn your way around your dishwasher and the ways to free it to clean the way its engineers intended. First, take a look at your dishwasher and notice the location and mechanism of each of the following parts.
Spinners: These arms with holes are generally inside the dishwasher at the base, possibly under the top rack shooting water upward and flipped and bolted into the dishwasher’s ceiling to shoot water downward.
Drain: Many of our clients do not even realize their units come with a basket that traps small utensils, broken glass and food.
Float: At the front of your dishwasher is a plastic assembly called the “float” that measures how high the water is getting in the dishwasher.
Air Gap: While this small unit protrudes through the top of your sink, it is part of the dishwasher, connecting the dishwasher to the sink drain. It helps the dirty water be pumped out. The air gap leaks water into the sink when the sink drain is clogged.
All of these parts can get blocked and crushed into inefficiency.
Typical Top Dishwasher Rack Issues
- Pot or utensil handles stick down through rungs, stopping the sweep of the spinner shooting water upwards.
- Glasses, pots and utensils too tall for the top rack stop the sweep of the uppermost spinner that shoots water down.
- Glasses loaded so loosely, they fall horizontally allowing dirty water to fill them. Soap scum bakes on should you choose the “heat dry” option.
- Bowls in the back half of the dishwasher should face front and bowls in the front half should face the back to make sure the spray gets inside all. Lining them up facing the same direction gets only half clean.
Bottom Rack Issues
- Loading a big plate or cookie sheet in front of the utensils, blocking spinner spray from going to the utensils.
- Overloading the dishes so everything is blocked and nothing gets clean.
- Chunks of food and broken glass impede proper drainage. Dirty water gets thrown back over dishes.
- Food blocking float open can result in inadequate water filling of dishwasher. Food bakes on.
- Dish or utensil crushing float down could lead to flooding of dishwasher and leaking.
German Engineering Goes into Dishwashers, Too
You bet. A Bosch dishwasher, for example, has been developed with the intelligence of 100 engineers. It also passes 485 rigorous quality checks before leaving the factory. We have lots of respect for the American lines, too, many of which have been perfecting their dishwashers since the 1950s. While Kenmore, Whirlpool and others are not quite as rigorously appointed as Bosch, these brands engineer their dishwashers to not only get dishes sparkling clean, but to end run poor loading and maintenance on the part of the homeowner . . . as much as they possibly can, that is.
If you are aggravated with your dishwasher’s performance, your dishwasher itself may not be the culprit. The source of the problem could be ineffective water pressure, hard water or a leak. Our blog post, Beating Stubborn San Diego Hard Water Stains on Dishes can help you in your dirty dish detective work. Save yourself time and effort, however, when you contact Perry Plumbing and get a technician who can diagnose the issue within minutes. You can even use our everyday plumbing discounts to save! Read our 5-Star Google Plus and Yelp reviews to see how your neighbors are raving about our services and reasonable prices!