Troubleshooting Bad Odors From Your Dishwasher


If there is one thing that should not smell badly, it is the place where you place your dishes to be cleaned. Yet, it is not at all uncommon for a dishwasher to develop a rank odor for one reason or the other. While most people assume a foul-smelling dishwasher is mainly a problem with older models, even newer model dishwashers can develop foul odors if you are not careful. If you have been dealing with a foul smell every time you go to wash a load of dishes, you may be able to bust the problem with a few simple solutions. 

Problem: Your dishwasher smells fishy after running it through its cleaning cycle. 

Cause and Solution: All those little tidbits of food that are left on plates which are far too large to make it through the drainage filter will land in the filter and accumulate until you clean them out manually. If you are experiencing an odd, fishy odor, there is a good chance that you have a collection of decaying food hanging out in the filter. Remove the filter according to the manufacturer's instructions and give it a good cleaning. 

Problem: You have a mildewy smell radiating from the dishwasher all the time. 

Cause and Solution: Mildew and mold is a very real problem anywhere where there is water involved. So it is not at all uncommon for a dishwasher to develop a mildew odor. Thankfully, this is a problem that is usually easily solved. Run your dishwasher through its self-cleaning cycle (if equipped) and then use a mixture of bleach and water to carefully clean around all of the small crevices. Pay close attention to the spaces around the rubber seals of the dishwasher door, as this is where mold tends to start developing.

Problem: Your dishes have a bad odor after they have been cleaned.

Cause and Solution: In some cases, bad odors will be a result of a dirty filter, but if you are positive the inside of your dishwasher is thoroughly cleaned, bad odors lingering on your cleaned dishes could point to another problem. Specifically, you should check to ensure the leading hose to the dishwater is not damaged or outdated, as stagnant water inside this hose can lead to foul-smelling water. Additionally, check to ensure your dishwasher is draining completely after each cycle because improper drainage can leave stagnant water inside to be tossed around with the clean water.

If you need replacement seals or hoses in order to complete the clean-out job, check out companies like Automatic Appliance.


22 July 2016

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