A dishwasher is a very useful appliance but will only last if it’s well-maintained. Neglecting to clean or otherwise maintain it can increase the rate of wear. While an Asko dishwasher is designed with bacteria-resistant stainless steel and durable parts, maintenance can significantly increase its operating life. Here’s a look at how you should maintain your appliance to get the most out of it.
Cleaning the Dishwasher
To start a cleaning cycle, turn the dishwasher off and remove any dishes that are inside. Then proceed with the following steps:
- Pour 2 cups of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the bottom rack. Alternatively, you can add 2 tablespoons of citric acid to the detergent compartment.
- Close the door and run a normal cleaning cycle. Press the power button to start the appliance. Using citric acid helps remove lime deposits that can clog the dishwasher.
- Turn off the system, open the door, and remove the filter. To do so, lift off the filter cover and turn the filter counterclockwise. Remove any filter components you can and run them under hot, soapy water. Replace each part in the same order it was removed in.
- Using a damp cloth, wipe down the dishwasher door (including the outer surface, edges, and rubber seal) as well as the control panel and keypads.
- To clean the spray arms, unscrew the nut on top, lift them off, and wipe gently with a soft brush. Replace the spray arms by turning the nut clockwise.
- When necessary, use a warm, damp rag and household cleaner to wipe down the sides and bottom of the interior, to make sure the entire machine is clean.
Deodorizing the Appliance
There are deodorizers on the market made specifically to help your dishwasher smell better and remain free of mold. Foul odors can leave behind a negative impression of your dishwasher and kitchen in general, so it helps to keep the unit odor free. You can also purchase a rust-inhibitor, particularly if you have hard water that leaves behind spots on dishes, and which can also cause your appliance to develop rust.
How to Clean the Gasket Seals
Door seals can collect residue, which may cause them to wear out. By regularly cleaning the gasket, you can prevent this. If you can, separate the seal by pulling it from the top. Create an equal mixture of water and vinegar, add it to a cloth, and wipe the gasket clean. Then dry it with a soft cloth.
Troubleshooting Your Dishwasher
Caring for your appliance properly when it doesn’t work right is an important aspect of maintenance. Any changes in how it works typically mean it’s time for maintenance. However, there are many things you can do on your own.
For example, when your Asko dishwasher doesn’t start, press the start/stop button and close the door within 4 seconds. If delayed start is not on and your water supply is on, the unit should start. Call a technician if it doesn’t. When your dishwasher doesn’t drain, check and clean the filters, check the drain line for clogs, or perform a manual drain by pressing and holding the start/stop button for 3 seconds.
If the controls don’t respond, they may need to be cleaned. Avoid tapping the key pads; place a finger on each key for about 1 second, and then clean the control pad with a damp cloth. Close and then open the door and check that the child lock isn’t on.
Other issues can be corrected with maintenance as well. If your dishes aren’t getting clean, you can choose a different wash cycle or increase the temperature. A fresh, unscented detergent can also help get things cleaner.
When to Clean Your Asko Dishwasher
You should periodically clean the appliance, and do so especially when:
- The appliance stops mid-cycle (the filter and drain may need to be cleaned).
- You find water collecting above the filters.
- There are odors inside the appliance.
- A white film forms on interior surfaces.
- The unit will not drain.
- Food residue is visible on the drain, spray arms, and other components.
When to Call a Professional
If your dishwasher isn’t working properly even after you clean/maintain it, a repair technician can further troubleshoot the problem and determine how to fix it. The technicians at Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance are factory trained to correct any issue with your Asko dishwasher. To get started, request service using our online system or call 800-427-3653 today.