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Dishwasher Maintenance and Efficiency

Keep repair and electricity bills low with a few simple maintenance tips to extend your dishwasher’s life and improve its efficiency.

Dishwasher Maintenance

Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher

  1. Load it correctly. Loading your dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s guidelines helps the machine run smoothly. Plus, your dishes come out cleaner.
  2. A cycle a day keeps the repairperson away. Regularly using your dishwasher clears build-up from debris and helps ensure proper drainage.
  3. Lose the food. Even though your dishwasher is equipped with a food disposer system, it’s best to scrape food debris from dishes prior to loading for thorough cleaning and damage prevention.
  4. It’s the inside that counts. Remove build-up with a commercial dishwasher cleaner. Some home cleaning solutions include completing an empty wash cycle with white vinegar or lemon juice.
  5. Check the arms. Use a brush or a toothpick to clear debris or blockages from the spinning arms for optimum water movement.
  6. Flush out the garbage disposal. If your dishwasher drains to your garbage disposal, make sure to run it before starting a wash cycle to lessen the load on your dishwasher’s pump. This also helps keep the drain tube free of debris.

Improve Your Dishwasher's Efficiency

  1. Scrape to save. By scraping instead of pre-rinsing in the sink, you’ll save 55,000 gallons of water over the life of the appliance. If you’re not ready to run a cycle, use the rinse and hold feature.
  2. Capacity counts. When you load your dishwasher to capacity, you’ll get the most cleaning from the energy you’re using to run a load.
  3. Let dishes air-dry. Opting out of your machine’s heated dry setting saves energy. If your dishwasher doesn’t have an air-dry feature, simply prop the door open once the cycle is complete.
  4. Use a rinse-aid. Rinse-aids speed drying time in addition to removing spots on dishes, making the air-dry option perfectly suitable for a shiny finish.
  5. Wash during off-peak hours. Some utility companies charge more for electricity during peak hours. Use your machine’s delay feature to schedule a wash for off-peak times to reduce your energy bill.
  6. Keep your cool. By running your dishwasher at night in the summer, you’ll reduce daytime heat and the amount of time your air conditioner runs.