Extend the Life of Your Dishwasher
- Load it correctly. Loading your dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s guidelines helps the machine run smoothly. Plus, your dishes come out cleaner.
- A cycle a day keeps the repairperson away. Regularly using your dishwasher clears build-up from debris and helps ensure proper drainage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check the arms. Use a brush or a toothpick to clear debris or blockages from the spinning arms for optimum water movement.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.