While our dishwashers make our lives easier as they work their magic on making grease and grime disappear from our dishes, we have to do our part to maintain the magic.
This includes cleaning the dishwasher air gap and filter. Both of these should be done on a regular basis, however, one of the tell tale signs that something needs attention is:
- If your dishwasher begins to smell funky
- If your dishes come out feeling gritty or have bits of food stuck on them after a wash cycle
- Water is backing up into your sink from the air gap
- Water is not draining out of the dishwasher
What is an air gap and how do I clean it?
The air gap is a cylinder fitting that connects the kitchen sink drain to your dishwasher, preventing dirty water from flowing into the dishwasher as well as out of it during a wash cycle. You can easily clean it by removing the cap and cleaning the inside of the air gap.
See this instructional video for more info.
What is a dishwasher filter and how do I clean it?
The filter prevents food from redepositing debris on clean dishes and clogging the drain. Dishwashers use a variety of filter designs. Some have a simple screen, some have removable filters below the screen, and some require removing the bottom spray arm for a thorough cleaning.
You can check the appliance manual for instructions on how yours should be cleaned or you can look up video tutorials online.