Admit it; you may not give much regard about the detergent compartment in your dishwasher, especially during times when everything is working properly. But this tiny piece of equipment plays a large role in cleaning your dishes, and if it becomes clogged with soap and debris you will end up wasting both time and money. Just like any other important parts, regular cleaning of the dishwasher detergent container is important in the upkeep and maintenance of your machine. And luckily for us, cleaning the detergent compartment is just a breeze. In fact, it only takes a few minutes Jennair Appliance Repair!
Once you notice that your dishes are not getting as clean as they once were, the problem could be as simple as a clogged or malfunctioning detergent compartment. Another sign of a clogged compartment is an increase in the amount of dish washing detergent being used.
To check and clean this, the first action to take would be to open your dishwasher and locate the container. The location of the parts varies from model to model, so refer to your user guide or manual to locate it.
Next, clean any excess soap and remove any debris inside and around compartment using a soft cloth or rag soaked in warm water. Be thorough in cleaning and make sure it is completely clean before putting the lid back in. Fill the compartment with new dish washing detergent, and then run a load of dishes to test the cleaning power of the unit.
If even after a thorough cleaning your dishwasher continues to malfunction, the next part to check would be the gasket around the soap container. The gasket keeps water out of the compartment thereby keeping the dishwasher to function properly. However, as time passes and with continuous use it can degrade and loosen, allowing water to seep in and reducing the efficiency of the system. To remedy this, the gasket has to be replaced.
To replace the gasket, open your dishwasher and remove the cover from the detergent compartment. Check the seal around the compartment for looseness. Check the old gasket for cracks or other signs of damage. If it is damaged it will need to be replaced, but if the gasket is simply dirty, you can remove it, clean it and put it back in place.
That’s about it! These two steps are as easy as pie and take a minute of your time. But performing them regularly helps your dishwasher run efficiently and in turn save you money and energy cost.