What is a Dishwasher?
What is a dishwasher? It’s an appliance used in many modern homes to wash dishes quickly and without the need for much physical labor on the owner’s part. Not only that, but it can help save water compared to washing dishes by hand
A dishwasher is an electrical appliance built into the kitchen sink cupboards that uses water, electricity, soap, and sometimes heat energy to clean dishes automatically.
Dishwashers are quite popular these days because they save time when doing household chores such as cleaning dirty dishes. They are also more convenient than washing dishes by hand because their price tags are lower than hiring a maid. Furthermore, most people nowadays have little experience with this chore, so they may find it harder to clean dishes than washing them in a dishwasher.
Due to its benefits, dishwashers have become widespread and can be found in almost all homes nowadays.
When is the time to clean your Dishwasher?
Do you really know when it’s time to clean your dishwasher? The best way to determine whether or not you should do that is by checking if there are any stains on the glasses. If yes, then it’s kind of obvious that you need to deep-clean your appliance ASAP.
The other thing that might help you determine if there are some problems with your dishwasher would be looking at the amount of water pressure, but only if the water is completely blocked for some reason. That’s because there should be a pressure release valve installed inside this particular appliance.
Possible malfunctions and their solutions
Now let’s say that you’ve checked all of those things, and none of them indicate that your dishwasher needs a serious cleaning. In that case, there are other things that might be wrong with it, and you might want to check each one of them to get a good overview of what exactly is going on behind the scenes inside this appliance.
For example, if the dishes aren’t getting clean, or they seem kind of “dirty” after piling up in the washer, then there’s a good chance you’ve got some blockages somewhere. It could be a result of materials from previously washed batches sticking together somehow.
Also, if the machine produces too much foam, it means that there’s an excess amount of air in the water pressure tube and this particular excess needs to be removed.
So, to recap, the best way to determine whether or not you should clean this particular appliance is by checking whether there are some stains on the glasses. And if it’s dirty, check for blockages and air in the tube. If all of that is clear, then you know what to do next- deep-clean your dishwasher!
How to Remove a Dishwasher?
Taking out or removing a dishwasher is no easy task.
It doesn’t have to be, but it could save time and money if you know how before calling an expensive repairman.
Basically, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water supply valves to your dishwasher. There are usually two of them located under the sink that feeds water into your machine. You should turn them both clockwise until they are tight or stop dripping water. After this, disconnect hoses from the back of your dishwasher by unbolting each one with a wrench or socket set. Unscrew all screws near the bottom before lifting it slightly to remove it from its brackets. You can now take out any dish racks or shelves you might need to get at the machine.
Once the dishwasher is out of its place under your counter, carefully pick it up and carry it outside with an appliance dolly (you can rent one from most local hardware stores). You will probably want someone to help you with this part, but if you’re strong enough on your own, make sure there’s nothing around it that could fall onto or damage while carrying it.
Now we’ll talk about how we actually remove the dishwasher:
When the dishwasher is safely in your yard and empty of water and dishes, find a drain hose and stick it into where one of the feed lines would have been attached if it were still in place. Attach a wrench to the other end of the hose, and turn it progressively clockwise until your dishwasher is empty.
Next, using a reciprocating saw with a metal-cutting blade, cut through any remaining bolts between the dishwasher body and its frame. Repeat this on all four corners to fully separate them from one another.
At this point, you may be able to push or roll your dishwasher into your car for transportation back into your home if it’s not too heavy. If not, go ahead and use a floor jack to lift the opposite side of the dishwasher from where you’ve already cut. Slowly slide in something sturdy for support underneath until it can stand on its own before finally lifting on that same side again, so you have a three-sided support system. You can now have somebody help you jack up the other side from where your cut should be and carefully lift it until the dishwasher is balanced on all three sides.
Once it’s upright, put a few sturdy boards underneath so you can slide your appliance dolly underneath it again. Carry it into your house with an assistant and have them hold it while you reconnect everything behind the dishwasher that was disconnected earlier– minus the feed lines going to the valves under your sink, of course. Once this is done, stand back and look at what kind of supports you need for the next steps.
It might be best to place something like bricks or scrap pieces of wood across one end of your dishwasher to keep it elevated while you do some more repairs on the other end.
You might also have to put something underneath that will give you a little extra height where your dishwasher is likely sitting now, so you can place another appliance dolly under it and take it back outside.
If there’s nothing wrong with the other side of your dishwasher and it just needs to be reconnected, take out your wrench or socket set again and reattach the feed lines. Finally, turn those water valves back clockwise until they’re tight, and turn on your faucet for a minute or so before flushing out the water lines. Then test-run everything before closing up behind yourself.
You can now put the dishwasher back under your counter, hit the switch, and enjoy clean dishes again.