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7 best practices to ensure your dishwasher lasts

Photo of a technician changing a dishwasher filter

Whether your dishwasher is brand new or has clocked a few years, its operating efficiency and remaining lifespan depend on how well you maintain it. At Ateliers G. Paquette, we specialize in the repair of appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators in Montreal and throughout Quebec. Here are seven maintenance tips to give your dishwasher a long life.

Avoid putting weight on the door

If a child or a pet sits or climbs on the open door of your dishwasher, the weight can be enough to cause damage and compromise the seal.

Use it wisely

Running small loads can cause your dishwasher to wear out quickly because you use it more frequently. On the other hand, running too-full loads can increase the risk of overheating and component failure, not to mention giving you poorly washed dishes.

Rinse off large traces of food

Your dishwasher can clean small food particles and stuck-on sauce from your dishes. But larger traces of food can clog up the inner workings and affect the appliance’s operation.

Consider your water quality

Hard water can contribute to mineral buildup in your dishwasher and hoses, which reduces the performance and lifespan of the appliance. If you don't have a water softener, look for products that can serve the same function, such as detergent, filters and rinsing agents.

Get regular maintenance

The filter that captures small food particles should be cleaned and washed weekly. Every three to six months, run an empty cycle using suitable dishwasher detergent or white vinegar to clean the appliance and eliminate foul odours. Pay attention to the spray arms, as the holes can get clogged with debris.

Act fast when you see a problem

If you encounter an issue with your appliance, get it fixed quickly. Consult the user manual to identify and eliminate the cause of the malfunction, or review this list of common problems. You can always contact our team to arrange for inspection and repairs if needed.

Use suitable cycles and products

Running your dishwasher on the wrong cycle can result in poorly washed dishes and increase your risk of food particles clogging up the machinery. Additionally, using cheap detergents can damage your machine.

At Ateliers G. Paquette, we offer an excellent appliance repair service and maintain a vast spare parts inventory to help you extend the lifespan of your appliances. Contact us to take advantage of our services. If you've already used our services, or if this blog helped you please consider leaving us a review in our branches listing in Montreal, Quebec or Repentigny.


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