Dirty pots? How to tell if your washing machine is beyond repair

If you were asked to name the most important and most used appliance in your kitchen, there’s a good chance you would name your dishwasher.

In fact, this particular appliance doesn’t just top the list in the kitchen but in your entire home. Let’s face it, no-one enjoys slaving away at the sink scrubbing dirty dishes and then drying them all. Your dishwasher is able to make quick and easy work of all the dishes for you.

So what happens if you start to notice your pots are coming out less than clean? Do you find yourself having to do a hand-wash after they complete the dishwasher cycle? If so, could this mean that your dishwasher isn’t working properly and may actually need replacement? Here are some tips you can use to help figure out if your dishwasher needs some repairs or if it’s ready to be replaced.

Do Your Dishes Feel Hot After the Cycle?
Besides the fact your dishes may still be coming out dirty, what can be more important is whether or not they are hot after the cycle. Open the door right after the cycle is finished and steam should come out and dishes should feel hot to the touch. If this doesn’t happen it means it’s not cleaning the dishes well enough to kill germs and bacteria, never mind remove the dirt and debris. If that’s the case, you’re better off washing them by hand.

This type of problem can sometimes be repairable, but it’s a good idea to get a quote first so you can determine if it’s worth the money. Often it will end up being cheaper to just purchase a new dishwasher, especially if your dishwasher is more than five years old.

If you do call a professional repair person, make sure they are trained to repair your make and model. For example, if you need to get your AEG appliance repaired, call a professional that specialises in AEG repairs. They will have the proper tools, knowledge, experience, and parts to fix the machine.

Try Running the Tap Water Before Turning on the Machine
Another tip that can help speed up the heating of the water temperature, which can result in cleaner dishes, is to turn on your kitchen tap to its hottest setting and let it run a few minutes before turning on the dishwasher.

The Dishwasher Isn’t Draining
Another common problem people can run into is that the dishwasher doesn’t drain the water properly. This could be a very simple problem, such as debris and food blocking the drain, or it could signal something bigger and costlier. If it’s not draining, you can do a check on your own for debris and food that may be trapped in the drain.

Without draining properly, it’s hard to get your dishes to come out clean, as the water circulating won’t be clean.

Change Up Your Soap
It may be that the dirt on your pots has more to do with the dishwasher soap you are using. With all the options today such as tablets, liquid, gel, and powder, homeowners have a lot to choose from. Try another brand or type, and make sure you are using the correct amount as outlined by the dishwasher manufacturer.

As an added tip, be sure to use rinse aid, as this helps to remove film and cooked on food.

Replacement May Not Be Necessary
While there is absolutely no reason you should have to accept your pots and pans coming out of the dishwasher still dirty, it doesn’t necessarily mean the dishwasher needs to be replaced. Repairs or simple at home adjustments could be all it needs.