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Do's and Don'ts of Dishwasher Maintenance


Since its invention, the dishwasher has been a time-saving, stress-saving, and water-saving appliance that makes us feel as though we could not live without. And when if your dishwasher is on the fritz, it can be a major headache.

As with any appliance, your dishwasher needs some attention to ensure it serves you well throughout its lifespan. Thankfully there are ways to get the most out of your dishwasher.

Here are some dos and don’ts of dishwasher maintenance.


  • Clean out the trap. From time to time, clean and inspect the food trap in your dishwasher unit. While it may vary depending on what model you have, most traps are found in the bottom of the unit before the spray arm. Clean out the trap and rinse off. This will also help with any smells you have in your dishwasher.
  • Clean the spray arm. This is especially important if you have hard water as calcium and scale deposits will crust over the spray holes. This might be why your dishes don’t come out as clean. Spray or soak with a vinegar solution to remove the mineral deposits.
  • Let it air out. Over time, the rubber seals and gaskets can deteriorate or grow mildew due to excess water. After a cycle has completed, leave the dishwasher door cracked to allow the unit to dry out.


  • Use too much soap. Don’t overdo it—you could end up with a sudsy mess! Use the specified amount per the owner’s manual. While you might think more soap = cleaner, this isn’t the case.
  • Overload the racks. It’s a good idea to fully load up your dishwasher so you’re not wasting water. However, if your overload, your dishes won’t come out as clean and you could be blocking the spray arm from doing its job. You’ll end up rewashing and wasting water anyway!
  • Put in non-dishwasher safe items. Dishes that aren’t safe for the dishwasher pose a threat to the dish itself and the unit. Let’s say you put a plastic plate in there that can’t handle the heat. It will melt and damage the heating element, parts, and other dishes. Always be sure to check before you put in the dishwasher.

Plumbing Services in Port St. Lucie

If you’re experiencing plumbing issues with your dishwasher, it’s time to call in the professionals. For prompt, thorough, and professional plumbing needs, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Port St. Lucie. The trained plumbing experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are always happy to help. Whatever time of day, we’ve got your back.