Get the dishes clean with our clever solutions to 5 common dishwasher problems
We tell you how to solve 5 common dishwasher problems. Image: iStock
There's nothing more annoying than realising the dishes are still dirty after a wash in the dishwasher. Often the issue lies in small maintenance tweaks that, once fixed, will get your dishwasher working properly again.
1. Dishes aren’t getting clean
The simplest cause is careless loading. If dishes overlap or cutlery protrudes through the dish rack and stops the spray arm turning, the water and detergent can’t do their job. Or the sump filter may be blocked, leaving dirty water circulating during the rinse cycle.
2. Clean dishes are streaked with white
These white streaks are mineral deposits from hard water. Look in your manual or check with the manufacturer about recommended methods for softening the water in your unit.
3. Glasses are left with ring marks
This means you’re using insufficient rinse aid during the wash. Check the rinse aid level and the setting that determines how much the machine uses per wash, and top it up.
4. Glasses are coming out sticky
Too much rinse aid is being used and it is leaving a deposit on glasses. Check the rinse aid level and the setting that determines how much the machine uses per wash, and adjust accordingly.
5. The powder is not dissolving properly
The powder may be forming lumps, leaving deposits on dishes and in the machine. Don’t store the powder where it can absorb water, like under the sink, and make sure the powder hatch in the machine is dry before use. Also give the filter and spray arm a clean.