Dishappointment: Reasons your Dishwasher is Underperforming

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Dishwashers make cleaning dishes so easy. Rather than having to wash individual dishes by hand, it’s a good feeling to have all your plates, cookware and cutlery safely put away for a washing cycle, and only a short while later your dishes will appear clean, sparkling, and dry! However, for every 99 washes that are perfect, you may find one that doesn’t fully wash your dishes. If this happens it could be for any of a number of reasons. In this article we’ll go over a few of these, as well as giving you the tips for future dishwashing excellence, every time.

The symptoms

There are a few typical symptoms of an underperforming dishwasher. The main one is unclean dishes, pans and utensils sitting in your dishwasher after a wash, but a few others might include no drainage (leaving stagnant water sitting in your dishwasher) or an unpleasant odour. These could show you that some part of your dishwasher isn’t performing as well as it could be.

The reasons

There are many things that could be stopping your dishwasher from cleaning. Hard water deposits either in the operating parts or pipes may be preventing the flow of water from properly draining, or dispersing. Another reason is sometimes your dishwasher may not complete its cycle, and so water that was mid-wash remains in your dishwasher.

However, a possible reason that a dishwasher might not be performing at its best is because it may need a good old-fashioned clean. Blockages and build-ups can be reduced with Finish Dishwasher Cleaner.

The solution

1.     Check the parts by hand to see if there are any blockages. These could be larger pieces of food, or small parts of cookware that might be stuck in your dishwasher’s filter. If you find anything, simply remove the filter and empty the contents before replacing it.

2.     Scrubbing hard to reach parts, such as the corners of your dishwasher, the hinges or even the holes of your dishwasher arm, could help dislodge any larger blockages. However, for most of your dishwasher a proper cleaning agent will do much of the job, and will also work to clean the pipes too.

3.      Finally, clean your dishwasher regularly, recommended monthly depending on use. This consists of adding a dishwasher cleaner and running an empty cycle (follow pack instructions). Finish Dishwasher Cleaner removes grease, limescale and helps maintain your dishwasher, pipes, spray arms and hidden parts, ensuring that it keeps working at its very best.