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How to Care for Your Dishwasher

Built-In DishwasherEver wonder how your dishwasher works? It’s quite simple. It sprays hot water and dish detergent through holes in rotating spray arms. The water spray cleans dishes. The first cycle begins with what is known as a pre-drain. Next, the dishwasher fills up with hot water until the filter area is covered. Water is then propelled through the filter and arms. Food particles go down a drain as the water is forced out and replaced with fresh water. The numbers of water fill cycles are different.

Some dishwashers have sensors that can detect how much dirt is in the water, and can adjust the amount of wash time required to clean each dish. Many dishwashers now have a stainless steel interior which can exceed 20 years.

When your dishwasher breaks down, Watermark Plumbing Service located in the greater Dallas area can repair your dishwasher and get it cleaning your dishes once again.

Here are some quick suggestions to keep your dishwasher running for years to come:

  1. Use energy-saving cycles whenever possible.
  2. Control you dishwasher’s temperature by turning down your water heater thermostat. A setting of 120 F for your water heater should be adequate. The washing cycle will take longer if the dishwasher has to raise the temperature.
  3. Use the no-heat air-dry feature on your dishwasher if it has one. If you have an older dishwasher that doesn’t include this feature, you can turn the dishwasher off after the final rinse cycle is completed an open the door to allow air drying. Using the no-heat dry feature or opening and air drying the dishes will increase the drying time, and it could lead to increased spotting, according to some in the industry. But try this method sometime to see how well it works with your machine.
  4. Don’t pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers do a superb job of cleaning even heavily soiled dishes. Scrape off food and empty liquids—the dishwasher will do the rest. If you must rinse dishes first, then use cold water.
  5. Wash only full loads. The dishwasher utilizes the same amount of water whether it’s half-full or completely full. Putting dishes in the dishwasher throughout the day and running it once in the evening will use less water and energy than washing the dishes by hand throughout the day. If you currently wash dishes by hand and fill sinks or plastic tubs with water, it’s pretty easy to figure out whether you would use less water with a dishwasher. Simply measure how much water it takes to fill the wash and rinse containers.
  6. Load dishes following the manufacturer’s instructions. fully load the racks to maximize water and energy use, but allow suitable water circulation for sufficient cleaning.


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