Occasionally, even the newest dishwasher can succumb to rust.  It may start as a small speck on the dishwasher rack, or your utensils may start showing signs of rust.  If you do see rust forming, the best course of action is to deal with it immediately.  At CS Appliance Service, we know a thing or two about Dishwasher repair, and have some tips to share to avoid rust.

  1. Utensils: If your spoons and forks are showing rust, change the way you load them into the dishwasher.  Put the items’ handles down in your silverware basket and avoid having the same types of utensils near each other.  Spoons, for instance, that touch each other, won’t allow water to thoroughly pass through.  If water pools up in the small space between two spoons, rust may start forming.  Knives are another issue.  Though they are made of stainless steel and aren’t supposed to rust, most will.  An easy way to keep knives looking their best is to soak them in white vinegar for 5 to 10 minutes.  Then simply wipe them down and wash them in the sink.  The vinegar will remove the food particles and rust and clean off very easily.
  2. Dishwasher racks: It is common for the racks inside the dishwasher to show signs of rust.  The extreme temperatures that occur within the dishwasher have a tendency to wear down the plastic coating on racks.  If you see an exposed area, treat it with a rust remover product.  Removing even the smallest amount of rust will prevent more from returning.
  3. Load your dishwasher correctly: Certain pots and pans may not be suited for a dishwasher.  The metals they contain can’t handle the high heat that a dishwasher puts out.  The cause of rust on your pans could be from strong dish detergents or a breakdown of the pan’s coating.  Instead, soak the pan in a little white vinegar and use baking soda to form a paste and to help remove tough stains.

If you’ve changed how you load the dishwasher and dealt with the rust the best that you can, and still see rust occurring, give our Dishwasher Repair team at CS Appliance Service a call.  Your dishwasher may need simple maintenance to keep it running efficiently, or we can diagnose other causes of the rust.  We have the tools and experience to repair your dishwasher so your dishes and utensils won’t be damaged by rust buildup.

Call our Dishwasher Repair team at 781-953-9600 to schedule an appointment.  We handle broken dishwashers as well as dishwasher maintenance.  You can also stay informed with the latest in dishwasher repairs by visiting our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CSApplianceService/.