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Does your dishwasher smell? Are your dishes still dirty or have chunks of food stuck on them after a cycle? If you’ve answered yes to either of these of these, then it’s time to clean your dishwasher’s filter.

Often people mistake these issues as a problem with their dishwasher when really all they have to do is clean out the filter. Before you call a technician, take a quick look at the filter and see if it’s clogged. If it is clogged, then keep reading to learn how to clean it. If it’s not the filter, try rinsing your dishes more before placing them inside the dishwasher.

If the problem still occurs, call for a technician to take a look. If you need a dishwasher repair in the Ancaster area, give Hamilton Appliance Repair a call. We have years of experience and can diagnose and fix the issue with your dishwasher quickly, no matter the brand or model.

How to Clean a Filter

Your dishwasher’s filter is a screen that catches larger food particles and stops them from getting into the drain and clogging it. If you have an older model, you’ll have a hard food disposer instead of a screen filter. If your dishwasher has a food disposer, it will grind up the large food junks rather than trapping them so you won’t have to worry about having to clean it out. If you have a newer model dishwasher, then your filter will be a detachable screen cylinder located at the bottom of the tub. The filter should be easily removable by turning it halfway counterclockwise but refer to your owner’s manual to be sure.

Once you’ve removed the filter, cleaning it is just as easy. First, make sure you dispose of the food junks into the trash, since that’s the reason why the filter’s dirty in the first place. You can either use your fingers, or take a scraper to push the large junks off. You can also rinse the filter under warm water to remove the smaller bits stuck in the screen. Now it’s time to actually wash the filter.

There are a couple of ways that you can clean the filter. One way is to pop it into the sink filled with hot water and dish soap and scrub it until it’s clean. You can also let it sit in the sink for 20-30 minutes with either baking soda or vinegar to sanitize and get rid of bacteria. This is recommended if there is bad odor coming from your filter.

While your filter is soaking, take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside of the dishwasher to remove any other food particles and grime. Carefully wipe inside the slot where your filter goes in as well. If you notice any strong smells, you can use either baking soda or vinegar as well to neutralize it by running an empty cycle with one of them. Once the cycle is over, replace your filter back into the dishwasher, and then you’re done!

Do you need a dishwasher repair in the Ancaster area? Call Hamilton Appliance Repair today at 1-888-975-0179 for a free quote!