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Possible Causes of Smelly Kaysville Dishwasher

Have you recently begun to notice strange, foul odors coming from your dishwasher, whether before, during or after use? Not only can this be an annoying issue for many homeowners, there may be some cases where it's also a sign of a more significant issue taking place within your dishwasher that may require repair.

At Dick Kearsley Service Center, we're happy to assist with a wide variety of appliance repair services for Kaysville and nearby Utah clients, including dishwasher repairs for any issue you may be dealing with. What are some possible causes of odors coming from the dishwasher, and what can be done about them - either on your own or with the help of our repair specialists if needed? Here's a rundown.

Clogged Drain Filter

The most frequent cause of smelly odors emanating from your dishwasher is a clogged drain filter. This filter is responsible for trapping any pieces of food or debris that may have been missed by the dishwasher's wash cycle. If these pieces become stuck in the filter and are not removed, they can begin to rot and emit foul odors.

Fortunately, cleaning and replacing this filter is a relatively simple task you can do on your own if needed. Here are the basic steps:

  • Consult your manual: Just to be sure, check your dishwasher's instruction manual for any specific information about cleaning your individual model's filter.
  • Locate the filter: Most filters are located near the bottom of the dishwasher and may involve removing a small panel to access it.
  • Clean out debris: Carefully remove any buildup of debris or food particles from the filter, then rinse it clean.
  • Replace filter: After cleaning the filter you can go ahead and replace it back in its rightful spot.

Of course, if you're still experiencing foul odors or other issues with your dishwasher - or just don't feel comfortable taking on this task yourself - then please don't hesitate to contact our team of appliance repair specialists, who will be happy to handle this on your behalf.

Drain Itself is Clogged

In other cases, it won't be the drain filter that's clogged, but actually the dishwasher's drain itself. This will require some more extensive work to clear out, so we would recommend calling in a professional like our team at Dick Kearsley Service Center if necessary.

That's because dishwasher drain lines operate differently from other plumbing fixtures, and may require special tools or techniques to properly unclog. We'll be able to quickly and safely identify the source of your dishwasher's clog and get it cleared out so that you can go back to enjoying clean dishes free from any strange odors.

Heating Element Concern

Most dishwashers contain a heating element that speeds up the water heating process and also plays a role in drying the dishes and preventing bacteria growth on the plates. If this element is malfunctioning, it can cause strange odors and other issues with your appliance's functioning that will likely require professional repair.

This particular issue will often come with a telltale sign: A burning plastic odor that you may notice coming from the dishwasher's interior. If you're familiar with this particular smell, then you'll know that it likely indicates an issue with the heating element and means you'll need to call in an appliance repair specialist.

However, it should be noted that there are some cases where this is only a temporary issue. For instance, if a loose food lid container or piece of silverware falls through its rack and happens to contact the heating element during the dishwasher's operations, then that could result in a localized burning smell.

If you notice this kind of odd odor, then it

wouldn't hurt to check for any foreign objects inside your dishwasher before calling us in for repair service. If there's nothing there, then you can go ahead and get in touch with our team so we can take a closer look and provide any repairs necessary.

Food Particles Trapped

In other cases, spending some time cleaning out your dishwasher from food particles and debris can help keep odors away. It's a good idea to do this on a regular basis, as buildup of particles in tight spaces can start to produce bad smells over time.

To clean out your dishwasher, first remove all the racks and any other removable parts. Then, you can use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior walls and any other surfaces, as well as around the filter and other areas where food particles may have built up over time.

Finally, you can put all the parts back together again and turn on your dishwasher for a quick cycle to help ensure everything is properly cleaned out. Doing this on a regular basis can help keep foul odors away, and also make sure your dishwasher is running at its best.

Moldy Gaskets

Finally, if none of these solutions have seemed to help with your issue of strange odors coming from your dishwasher, then it's possible that there may be some mold or mildew buildup on the rubber gaskets. This is a common problem for many homeowners, and can be especially true if you live in an area with high levels of humidity.

If you suspect this is the case, then it's important to take steps to clean the gaskets. You can do this by using a mixture of warm water and bleach, as well as a scrub brush or toothbrush if necessary. This will help rid your dishwasher of any moldy buildup, allowing you to go back to enjoying it free from any strange odors.

If none of these solutions have seemed to work, then it could be time to call in a professional like our team at Dick Kearsley Service Center for further assistance. With years of experience providing appliance repair service, we can quickly identify the source of your issue and provide any necessary repairs so you can get back to enjoying clean dishes free from any strange odors.

For more information or to get started with a Kaysville repair evaluation, don't hesitate to contact us today!


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