Frequently Asked Questions About Dishwashers

standalone_1175x1290-1You’re dishwasher is one of the appliances that you seldom appreciate until it breaks down. By taking the time to learn some basic information about dishwasher care; you’ll be able to go much longer before you have to replace it.

What Type of Detergent Works Best

Although it doesn’t seem to matter to your dishwasher, in our experience to get really clean dishes, you should stick to the powdered detergent. It seems to have better results when it comes to cleaning the entire load. This is also a case when the name brands really do seem to outperform the generic brands.

Cleaning the Dishwasher

This has always been a topic that gets hotly contested. People tend to fall into two categories, those who clean the interior of their dishwashers and those who don’t. Our opinion on the matter tends to be that unless you only use the dishwasher twice weekly, you probably don’t have to worry about the inside. If you rarely use your dishwasher, the inside tends to get moldy, and you’ll want to clean it before you load it with your dirty dishes. The simplest way to clean the interior of your dishwasher will be setting it up with detergent and running it through the wash cycle without any dishes.

Rinsing Dishes Before Loading Them

Yes, you do need to remove the large bits of food that might be left on your plate, but no, you shouldn’t have to rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Just make sure you keep your dishwasher maintained properly and use a good detergent.

The Water on the Bottom

A surprising number of people panic when they unload their dishwasher and see a small puddle of water on the bottom of the dishwasher. They immediately think it’s broken. There’s no need to panic. The water is natural. The purpose of this water is to maintain the condition of the dishwasher so that the seals don’t grow brittle, which can cause your dishwasher to leak. If your dishwasher is leaking call us and schedule an appointment to have a professional repair technician come out and repair your dishwasher.

Spotted Glasses

One of the most frustrating things many people encounter when it comes to their dishwasher has to be spotty class where. The spots happen during the drying cycle, and though the glass is clean, it doesn’t appear that way, which leads most people to rewash the glasses by hand. There’s a few different reason that the spots could be occurring. The most frequent include:

  • Lack of proper water flow
  • Hard water
  • Designs on the glass trapping detergent particles, when this is the case it’s in your best interest to use less detergent

If you think that your dishwasher takes too long to clean a load of dishes, there are a few things you should check. If the model pre-heats the water, you’re going to have to get used to the extended wash cycles. Your other option will be to run the water in your sink until it gets hot, then turn on your dishwasher.