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Routine Appliance Maintenance Tips

DISHWASHERS
Last updated : 12/30/2020
 

Normal Use

:. Before starting the dishwasher cycle: Run the hot
   water at the sink until it is hot so that the initial
   water entering the dishwasher is primed and hot.

 

   The incoming water must be 120 degrees
   or hotter to properly dissolve soap, clean, and 
   sanitize the dishes. Turning the water heater 
   temperature higher is a good first step in trying
   to solve dishwasher performance issues whether
   it be not cleaning well, film left on dishes, or soap
   not dissolving. 

:. Use liquid rinse aid, such as "finish". The   
   manufacturer includes a dispenser for this
 inside
   the dishwasher so it is part of the
 dishwasher and
   should be used as a must for performance by
   manufacturer design, just like using
 dishwasher
   detergent.

:. In order to avoid using too much or too little     

   detergent, use detergent pods that have perfect

   premixed proportions. They are a nice and
   convenient way to get the perfect amount for a
   load of dishes.

:. Rinse dishes thoroughly before placing in 
   the dishwasher. The larger the debris is 
   that enters the dishwasher on the plates
   the more likely it is to become lodged inside
   of the sump and gradually lower the washing
   performance over time. It can also lead to bad
   smells inside of the dishwasher with the food 
   debris sitting around. Dishwashers are handy
   machines, but are not quite miracle machines.

   Also, be sure to load the dishes with enough
   space in between them for the water from the
   spray arms to hit all sides of the dishes. If dishes
   are too tight together or are stacked on each
   other they are not going to clean well.

:. When unloading the dishes, if you start with the
   bottom rack it will help any remaining water on
   the dishes from dropping onto the dry dishes
   below.

 

Routine Maintenance

:. If you do not use the dishwasher often: still run it
   at least once a week, even empty with just 
   detergent, in order to help keep it clean and keep
   it from smelling. It will also help keep moving
   parts working well. Dishwashers also cannot
   completely drain the water from their sumps so
   keeping this water cycled with fresh water will
   help keep smells away.

   Leaving the door in the upright position, but not
   latched completely, when not using it will help get
   some airflow in and out to help keep smells away
   as well.

:. Once a month place an "affresh" tablet on the   
   bottom of dishwasher and run it with the dishes.
 
   This will help break down old soap residue and
   
   build up inside the dishwasher and leave a 
   
   clean scent afterwards. 

:. If it has it, clean out the filter periodically that is   
   on the floor of dishwasher.

:. For smells or poor performance, try running an
   empty load with an upright cup of white vinegar
   on the top rack. Also, spread a half cup of baking
   soda on bottom of dishwasher. Run dishwasher 

   on a "heavy" cycle, or whichever cycle has the
   longest run time. The white vinegar will eventually
   fill up and overflow, slowly spilling the vinegar
   into the dishwasher to help clean during this
   cycle.

 

:. Plasticware will not be completely dry at the
   end of cycles. There are some extremely
   expensive dishwashers, such as Dacor, that
   have models with fans that dry plasticware.
   Almost all dishwashers will not dry plastics so
   they would need to be placed out to dry after
   the cycle.


   Also, do not put plastics on the bottom rack if
   there is an exposed heater at the bottom of the
   dishwasher. This gets extremely hot during the
   dry cycle and can melt the plastic.

 

 

 


 

:. If dishwasher is not turning on at all, often there
   is a light switch on the kitchen wall that is the
   power switch for the dishwasher. This switch
   is often next to the garbage disposal switch.

 

 

:. Make sure to run the garbage disposal, if you
   have one, a few times a week to help keep items
   in it cleared out and so that items are chopped
   up to help drain down the sink's plumbing easier.
   The dishwasher drain hose drains into the
   disposal. If the disposal (or sink) is having
   draining issues the dishwasher will also have
   draining issues. If you notice the sink backing up
   when using the sink faucet or when the
   dishwasher is draining trying running the
   disposal to help it clear and drain faster. If this
   does not help, a plumber and not an appliance
   company may be needed.

   - If you do not have a disposal we would
     recommend having a plumber install a new set
     up with a disposal as they will help the sink's
     plumbing from becoming clogged. Also, any
     large items on your plates make sure to just
     throw them in the trash instead of down the sink
     to help out your plumbing.

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Routine Appliance Maintenance Tips