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Signs that it Might be Time for a New Dishwasher

Signs that it Might be Time for a New Dishwasher

Your trusty dishwasher is one of your biggest helpers in the kitchen.

Your trusty dishwasher is one of your biggest helpers in the kitchen. You load it up with dishes, put in soap, and turn it on. In just a short while, you’ve got clean dishes! But what happens when those dishes aren’t so clean? Or your dishwasher starts leaking? That’s when it’s time for a new one!

Newly Washed Dishes Aren’t Hot

According to the FDA, in order for your dishes to be sanitized, the water in your dishwasher should be at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit. If you take the dishes out less than an hour after the end of the cycle, you should see quite a bit of steam and your dishes should be warm. If they aren’t coming out all hot and steamy, there could be something wrong with the heating element. The heating element of your dishwasher can be quite expensive to replace, so you may be better off just getting a whole new machine.

There’s Evidence of Rust

About every month, or every other month, swipe a white or light-colored cloth or paper towel along the floor under your dishwasher. If you see flakes of rust, then water is getting out somewhere it shouldn’t. You may want to replace your dishwasher as soon as possible, as these leakages can lead to much larger problems if left untreated.

If you see evidence of rust on the inside of your dishwasher, make sure it isn’t because of your metal dishes (pizza pans, baking sheets, etc.) rubbing against it. If the rust was caused by a dish, then running your dishwasher empty with some citric acid should clean it up. If the plastic or metal is starting to peel away or rust, it’s a much bigger repair or just a full replacement.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

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