With the convenience of dishwashers at our disposal, it’s easy to forget that even these immaculate, time-saving machines are capable of failure. It’s particularly devastating to lack a functioning dishwasher—you probably don’t remember the time it takes to wash dishes by hand when you’ve been relying on a dishwasher to do the dirty work! Your dishwasher works hard, and that means that it eventually gets tired. In other words, it’s always good to be prepared with a game plan for appliance repair in your Houma home. Consider some of the following signs to determine if your dishwasher is still working at peak performance.

1. If you’ve tried changing dish soaps and your dishes still aren’t coming out of the washer with that diamond sheen, it’s possible that there could be a problem with your dishwasher. While it’s not unusual for a few specks of food to be left over on a plate or two after a wash cycle, this shouldn’t be the case very often or on a number of dishes.

2. Kitchn says that, if your dishes aren’t coming out of the dishwasher hot, you should call a Houma appliance repair expert. The high temperatures reached by a properly-functioning dishwasher are what kill bacteria, so this is important!

3. Check for leaks—sometimes, these will be obvious. Other times, leaks can be subtle, and you may not know that there is one until you wipe the area beneath your dishwasher with a light-colored rag. If you find any signs of rust on the rag, you could have a hidden problem that needs repair!

4. If your dishwasher no longer starts and stops as it should during an automatic cycle, definitely give Broussard Appliance Service a call to investigate the cause of the problem. Your convenience is important for a high-functioning kitchen.

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