Identifying and Addressing the Cause of Dishwasher Odors

Nothing is such a turn-off to hungry family members or dinner guests like terrible smells emanating from your kitchen. Even if you know your cooking is on point, that overpowering odor coming from your dishwasher may still send all who enter your home, running from your table.

There are several common causes for horrible odors that waft from inside dishwashers but usually, with sever odors, the problem is deep inside the inner workings of your machine, and identifying the exact source of the stench can be tricky.

As little bits of food particles and greasy residue are removed from your dishes during the cycle, they can become lodged in the sump. Furthermore, grease can build up in both the sump and drain lines. Like with any decaying matter, as this junk builds up and continues to decompose, the smell will grow. Running your machine will mask the smell for a time, but if the smell you are experiencing is originating in the sump or backed up drain lines, the odor will always return until the source of the smell is dislodged from the sump or the drain lines have been cleared or replaced. This may involve pulling your machine out, and disassembling and cleaning your machine, and replacing any parts that are faulty. This can be a time-consuming process that is best left to a professional who is able to do the job quickly, efficiently, and most of all, do the job right.

If your dishwasher has a foul odor, contact us to schedule a service call. Our technicians know exactly how your drain line should be hung, how to access your sump, and how to check your drain filter to ensure that your dishwasher is running at peak efficiency.