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Tips for correctly running your dishwasher

Stainless Steel Dishwasher on display

Dishwashers are an important - and convenient - part in the lives of many homeowners. Though they are built to run for over a decade, they will need maintenance and care over the course of their lives. If your machine is at least seven years old, it is important to be mindful of any repairs that it might need, as by this point it will likely be worn down. You must treat your machine with care so it can work as best as possible for you. Angie's List founder Angie Hicks recently shared some of her own personal tricks when it comes to using a dishwasher.

Here are a few of the tips that she shared:

  • Clean filter basket: This piece is located at the bottom of the machine and can be easily removed. It is crucial to take this piece out and clean it at least once a week, to prevent any food or other particles from building up and causing a clog.
  • Don't overload: One of the biggest mistakes a person can make, according to Hicks, is trying to stuff too many items into the machine at once. This will cut down on the dishwasher's ability to adequately clean everything inside. Instead, only put in the recommended amount of kitchenware at one time.
  • Rinsing is important: Hicks says that one of the most important parts of using your dishwasher is to make sure that the dishes are pre-rinsed before they are loaded. Prevent any clogs or other potential damage by cleaning off the dishes by quickly running them in the sink.

If your dishwasher is in need of a repair, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Washington, D.C. plumber from John C. Flood.