dishwasher_maintenance_tipsMAINTENANCE TIPS

Dishwashers usually need more maintenance than other appliances. Some of the following tips can help you save money in the long run:

  • Dishes should always be rinsed and rid of food prior to being placed in the dishwasher, as food particles can block the drain pipes and cause problems.
  • Larger items should be scraped off and rinsed in the sink before being placed in the dishwasher. Objects such as seeds, toothpicks, and paper labels from containers should be kept away from your dishwasher.
  • Use proper detergent for your dishwasher, preferably a type made for hot water cleaning. Doing so will result in a more thorough cleaning of your dishes. The water temperature should be set between 130 to 145 degrees.
  • In addition, have your dishwasher cleaned using Lemi-Shine (dishwasher cleaner). Available at A-Tech Appliance Service.


Depending on the model, you can either put soap in the designated area or place a small pocket of soap in the dishwasher. Once you start it, the dishwasher pumps water, heats it to a high temperature, and uses it to spray the dishes, rinsing them thoroughly. The process is then repeated, but adding the soap to the water. Finally, most dishwashers include a drying cycle.diswasher_soap


rinse_agentsThough dishwashers are definitely useful to save time, their usefulness goes beyond that. The thoroughness of the cleaning is usually as good as dishes washed by hand. More and more new products have emerged to make dishwashers perform even better. Rinse agents are among these new additions. When used in combination with dishwasher soaprinse agents make the cleaning even more extensive, ridding dishes of resilient stains.

Spots tend to form in the dishwasher’s rinsing cycle due to remaining droplets of water when most of the detergent is gone. Rinse agents help the water drip completely from the dishes during the drying cycle. No droplets means no leftover stains on your plates!

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