The dishwasher in your home may only be used once or twice a day, but it can save you time and allow you to focus on other important activities while it's working. If your dishwasher no longer works properly, it can be an inconvenience and an irritation. Keeping certain components clean can help you prevent problems; here are some to clean regularly.

Dishwasher Filter

You might not pay very much attention to the filter at the very bottom of your appliance, but if it is clogged with food or other substances, your dishwasher won't be able to clean effectively. One sign that the filter is causing problems is that you notice that the dishes don't seem to be as clean as they should be.

Keep an eye on your filter while you load and unload the machine. If there are stubborn food particles on it, you can use a hard-bristle brush or old toothbrush to dislodge them and remove them from the dishwasher.

Rubber Seals

If you look at the edges of your dishwasher door, you'll see the rubber door seals, also referred to as gaskets. The door seals are in place to ensure that water doesn't flow out of the dishwasher as it is working. Over time, mold and mildew can start to grow inside the folds of the seals. The seals can also tear, which will then cause the dishwasher to leak onto your kitchen floor.

To keep the rubber seals intact, wash them on a regular basis with warm water and gentle dish soap. If you notice any signs of mold, wipe the seals down with a little vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, which may be able to kill it. If you notice that the seals are indeed compromised and torn, go to a local hardware store to get new ones.

Spray Nozzle Arms

Mineral deposits might build up inside the nozzle arms that spray streams of water onto your dishes. Signs of this are soapy dishes even after the cycle has finished. In order to prevent this from happening, you'll have to unscrew the arms and clean them out with thin pipe cleaners. To reach the nozzle arms, you'll usually have to get into the tray underneath the dishwasher, but consult your dishwasher's owner manual to find out exactly where the arms are on your particular model.

Cleaning the parts talked about in this article should help you keep your dishwasher working well. If you notice a problem or want to have the condition of your dishwasher assessed, contact an appliance services contractor that specializes in dishwasher repair, such as Goldman  Appliances Inc.