Compared to other types of appliances, dishwashers can actually require more maintenance. However, if you follow dishwasher usage tips and cleaning, your dishwasher can run at its peak level. Keep reading to learn more or contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to let the professionals handle it for you.
Use the Right Dishwashing Detergent
It is key to make sure you are using the right detergent. However, there is not one detergent that works best for everyone. You can first start with either powder, liquid, tablets, or pods, depending on your preference. Other type of soaps cause too many suds and can leave behind a residue. If you are not sure what is best for your machine, check your manufacturer’s instructions or ask when you call American Appliance Repair for maintenance help.
Use a Rinse Aid
When you need a deep clean, try a rinse aid agent. These products help rinse out the dishwasher so that it can perform its best. If you have spots that form on your dishes, these are generally happening during the rinsing cycle when the detergent is gone. Adding a rinse agent can help the water drip off entirely during the dry cycle – which means an end to spots and stains on your dishes.
Use a Dishwasher Cleaner Every Few Months
You can run a dishwasher cleaner through your washer once every two to three months. This can get rid of any mold, mildew, or bacterial growth, along with other types of residues. If you have noticed that your dishwasher smells bad, or that it often has clogs, then this could make a big impact.
As dishwashers begin to work at lower and lower capacities, it is natural for a homeowner types even more. They assume that since the dishwasher is not working well that it cannot handle the added residue on plates and bowls. The truth is that while you do want to scrape off excess food from your dishes, you do not want to rinse them. Believe it or not, dishwasher detergent actually works its best when there is something for it to interact with.
Make Sure You Are Loading the Dishwasher Correctly
We know – this is a topic that many people cannot agree on. We are not going to debate which way the forks and knives should sit, or which way the plates should face. However, we will tell you a few uncontroversial facts: Put larger dishes on the bottom rack with larger items on the top rack. Make sure that you have enough space between your dishes so that the entire surface can be cleaned.
If you are having issues with your dishwasher, contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to get started.