Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Prevent a Holiday Dishwasher Disaster!

Consumer Reports has come out with it's annual list of holiday dishwasher strategies.  Here are a few:
  • Load It Smartly. Try loading dishes, glasses, utensils, and other items the way your owner’s manual recommends. The manual was written by engineers who best understand how your machine's sprays are situated.
  • Try Quick-Wash Cycles. A quick half-hour wash could handle a lightly soiled load—running over a break between dinner and dessert. A few one-hour cycles throw more water and energy at the load to do roughly the same cleaning in a fraction of the time.
  • Consider Hand-Washing. With a large holiday crowd, you might not be able to fit lots of dishes, glasses and a pot you used for sauce or gravy. Why not take a quick break and wash that one by hand?

The perennial worry at this time of year is that appliances tend to fail while they’re working the hardest. If your dishwasher seems to be going out with 2014, contact Express Appliance today to see our dishwasher models.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Diagnose Dishwasher Leaks

Dishwasher leaks generally develop from four areas:

1.  Around the door.

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2.  A component under the tub, like pump seals and water valves.

To prevent this kind of leak, every six months or so, consider detaching the dishwasher's kickplate.  Next, turn on the dishwasher and look in with a flashlight for a drip.  Because such leaks may go years without being detected, the tile or linoleum in front of the dishwasher may be slightly raised.

3.  Bad soap

Don't use regular dish soap -— it can really foam up and can lead to leaking.

4.  Over-Filling Your Dishwasher

Sometimes, placing a pot or pan the wrong way can lead to leaking.

If you need further assistance with your dishwasher, give us a call!