How to Improve the Performance Efficiency of Your Dishwasher

The dishwasher is a fantastic labor saving device, until it develops a problem. When you’re emptying load after load of dishes that are not clean, it can seem easier just to start washing by hand. Fortunately, it is possible to improve the performance and efficiency of a dishwasher with some simple steps.

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Load it Correctly

Your dishwasher problems may not actually be a problem with your appliance, rather how you are using it. It is important to scrape any large pieces of food before the dishes are placed in your dishwasher. It is also important to ensure that the dishwasher is completely loaded without overcrowding. If dishes are placed overlapping, it prevents thorough cleaning. Your plates, cups, and bowls should also be angled, so the dirty side is exposed to the dishwasher’s spray. Place large items such as pans or trays in the back and don’t cram too many items in the silverware basket.

Choose the Correct Cycle and Temperature Settings

Hot water cleans dishes far better than cold, so your dishwasher temperature should be set to approximately 120 degrees before you start a new load. If you are unsure whether your dishwasher is receiving sufficient hot water, test the temperature by running your sink faucet for 10 seconds.

You also need to ensure that you choose the right cycle based on the type of load. Normal settings will be effective for most loads, but you may need a heavy cycle for more stained items or pots and pans. Be aware that fragile items will need a delicate cycle. Many modern dishwashers have a myriad of cycle settings and wash options, so look carefully at the choice to determine the one most appropriate for this particular load of dishes.

Adopt Energy Efficient Practices

There are lots of ways to boost the energy efficiency of your dishwasher with relative ease. You should only operate your dishwasher when it is full unless your machine has a half load setting. It is also a good idea to run your dishwasher at night when your lights and HVAC system are off to consume less energy. You can also save energy by letting your dishes air dry. This will not only be more energy efficient, but can prevent damage to your dishes from excessive heat. You will need to turn off the heat dry settings or turn the machine off after a cycle has finished and prop the door open. While this may take longer to fully dry your dishes, it is a far greener technique.

Establish Good Maintenance Practices

You should develop the habit of checking the dishwasher filters after every load. Debris in the filter can compromise the efficiency of your appliance and place it under increased strain. You should also periodically check for any detergent build-up or food debris that may be clogging the spray holes. It is also a good idea to clean your dishwasher periodically to clear any debris and restore that factory shine. Add some white vinegar or lemon juice to the dishwasher when empty and run it on a short cycle. This will remove any scale or debris that could be clogging up the drain.

Finally, if your dishwasher does appear to be having difficulties, have it checked by an experienced professional. Minor issues are likely to develop into more serious problems and having the appliance checked could allow you to improve efficiency and save on your repair bills.

There are many dishwasher repair issues you may face and educating yourself on improving the efficiency of your appliance will help you to resolve some minor problems. If you need long lasting repair solutions, you will need a professional home appliance repair technician to ensure you get the job done.

For help with any of your dishwasher repair needs, contact a professional appliance repair service.