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Top Rack Of Your Dishwasher Not Coming Clean? Try These 3 Simple Repairs!

Going to unload your dishwasher after the cycle has finished, only to find that dishes on the top rack are still caked with food residue, can be a very frustrating experience. However, it's also one of the most common problems people run into when it comes to their dishwashers. If you're tired of having to re-wash dishes from the top rack, the good news is that there are some steps you can follow that can potentially resolve your problem.

Clear Out the Sediment Screen

One of the first steps you'll want to take is to clean out your dishwasher's sediment screen. Depending on the make and model of dishwasher you have, this could be located anywhere along the bottom of the unit itself. If you pull out the bottom rack of your dishwasher, you should be able to see it; it will look like a small screen or filter, and if it's dirty, there will be food and other particles covering up the screen slats. Simply taking a paper towel and cleaning out the gunk (as gross as it sounds) can make all the difference in your dishwasher's performance, and it only takes a second to do.

Re-Evaluate Your Loading Procedures

If your dishwasher has a spray arm that extends from the bottom of the unit and not a separate arm for the top rack, then there's also a good chance that you're overloading your dishwasher to the point that the spray arm's water stream cannot reach the top rack. Figure out where the unit's spray arm is located and make sure that you're not placing dishes, such as large pots, directly over that spot on the bottom rack. 

Clean the Spray Arms

Finally, if your home has a hard water supply, mineral deposits and soap scum can easily clog the spray arm nozzles themselves. Therefore, you should take the time to clean the tips of the spray nozzles with a solution of gentle dish soap and warm water every few months. For a more permanent fix, consider having a water softener installed at your home, which will prevent mineral deposits and prolong the life of your plumbing appliances in the process.

A dishwasher that doesn't get your dishes clean is understandably frustrating. Before you shell out your money for professional appliance service, however, be sure to give these simple yet surprisingly effective repairs a try on your home dishwasher.

Talk to experts like Lakewood Appliance for more information.