Changing your dishwasher filter every three to six months can drastically improve your results. Many homeowners don’t realize the importance of this routine maintenance task, but it is essential in order to keep your appliance running smoothly.
Your dishwasher will not perform the way it should, and dishes will not get clean if the filter is clogged with food particles. Some filter types can be manually cleaned several times before replacement, but regardless of your model, you will need to change the filter periodically.
Purchase the Correct Dishwasher Filter
First, locate your filter. Usually it is under the drain cap at the bottom of the inside basin, but it may be off to the side. Next, you’ll need to determine what type of replacement to purchase. Some models use extra-fine screens, while others have a triple-layer helix filter. Every dishwasher uses a particular type of filter, and some are brand-specific.
You can find information for your model by looking at your current filter or in your product manual. Depending upon your model of dishwasher, you may need to order your part online rather than purchasing it from a local appliance store.
Remove the Old Dishwasher Filter
Once you have your new filter in hand, it’s time to remove the old one. Start by unplugging the unit or turning off the power to its breaker. This will ensure that the machine doesn’t accidentally turn on while you are working on it.
Next, remove the cover. With some dishwashers, the cover will simply pop off. On other models, however, the cover is held in place by screws.
After you get the cover off, remove the filter. Reach in and grab the handle of the cup assembly at the base, pull it straight up and lift the filter right out of the cup.
Install the New Dishwasher Filter
Before you set the new filter in place, it is a good idea to clean out the area around the cup and basin. Food particles may be lodged there, so take a sponge or rag and gently wipe it out.
Then place the new screen into the cup assembly, being careful to make sure that the water tube remains tightly connected to the cup. Put the cup back into the basin and secure the cover over the housing. You can then turn the power back on and run a full cycle of dishes to test the new and improved performance of your dishwasher!
Changing your dishwasher filter is usually doable if you’re handy, but not everyone is so inclined. If this process sounds daunting or if you don’t want to risk damaging your appliance, contact the experts at Complete Appliance Repair today. Serving North Salt Lake, Utah, and the surrounding communities, we are always available to help you with this and any other appliance maintenance tasks. Call today to schedule your maintenance service and dishwasher filter change.