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Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making When Loading Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is like an extra set of hands in the kitchen. It perfectly washes and dries your dishes with little effort on your part….or does it?

When you notice that your dishwasher isn’t cleaning properly, it could be because you aren’t loading it efficiently. Here are the top 5 dishwasher loading mistakes we’ve noticed here at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

1.  Sorting Silverware by Type

When loading forks, spoons, knives, and other cutlery, it may seem orderly to organize each one by type. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work for getting them sparkling clean. One of the best ways to do it is to evenly distribute the silverware, with knives facing downward, forks facing up, and spoons going up and down so that they don’t nest.

 

2.  Pre-Rinsing Everything

According to Consumer Reports, modern dishwashers are designed to clean stuck on food and do an “very good” to “excellent” job of getting htem clean – even when they are caked in food particles. Go ahead and remove the big stuff, then let your dishwasher do the rest.

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3.  Putting Last Minute Cups on the Bottom

You’re trying to use every last space – so why not put the extra cups on the bottom? Seems logical, but most dishwashers are designed to clean cups best when they are on the top rack. Read your user manual to learn about optimal placement and bottle jets that can reach hard-to-reach places in tall glasses or bottles.

 

4.  Dishes Don't Face Center

Another common mistake when loading your dishwasher is cramming plates and bowls into the bottom in every which way. In order to get the maximum clean, all plates and bowls should be facing the center of the dishwasher, so arrange them accordingly.

 

5.  Skipping the Pod Detergents

The leading detergent companies have spent millions perfecting the usage of pods, and research shows that they are more effective at getting dishes clean than the traditional powder and liquid detergents. Skip this common dishwasher loading mistake and buy the pods next time!

 

If you feel that your dishwasher is not cleaning properly after following these tips, call us at Appliance Rescue Service – your leading appliance repairman in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and the surrounding areas. We’re happy to take a look at your dishwasher and give it the necessary dishwasher repair to get it up and running beautifully. 

Dishwasher Not Draining? Try these 3 Tips from Appliance Rescue Service

The dishwasher is a workhorse in the kitchen, and we frequently forget how much we use it until it’s broken. When you find your dishwasher not draining, it can be a huge inconvenience, not to mention a stinky mess!

 

Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas – is happy to offer these 3 simple solutions to fixing your dishwasher issues without a costly dishwasher repair:

 

Solution #1: Clean the Filters

When was the last time you cleaned the filters in your dishwasher? As a good rule of thumb, it’s smart to rinse them each time you refill the drying agent. At any rate, a clogged dishwasher filter can cause a dishwasher not to drain. Take them out and rinse them thoroughly with soap and water to see if it solves the issue.

 

Solution #2: Check the Connections

After turning off the power to the unit, remove the toe-kick panel from the bottom of the dishwasher. Inspect the connections thoroughly to see if anything is loose or corroded around the drain hose connection, valve bracket, and drain hose clamp. The valve bracket should actually move and rotate freely, so if it doesn’t, then you likely have a burned out electrical solenoid.

 

Solution #3: Clear the Drain Hose, Disposal, & Sink Drain

This one is usually the #1 culprit. Something has clogged the line and you need to clear it. Disconnect the drain hose. Next, try to blow air through it to see if there is a clog or kink. Clogs can also originate with the disposal and sink drain since many dishwashers drain through the sink drain. One solution to clearing a sink drain or disposal clog is to run hot water through it.

 

If none of the above solutions fix your issue and your dishwasher is not draining, call Appliance Rescue Service! We provide the highest quality appliance repair in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, serving nearly every zip code. Call us today with all your dishwasher repair needs!

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5 Ways to Save Money When Running Your Dishwasher – Appliance Rescue Service

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, our goal is to help preserve the life of your appliances, saving you money in the process. When one of our expert appliance technicians arrives at your home, not only will he give you an estimate for the Dallas appliance repair, but he will also offer tips and tricks for extending the life of your investment.

 

So today, Appliance Rescue Service wants to share a few tips on saving money while running a dishwasher:

 

1.  Read the Owner’s Manual

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s an easy step to skip! Each dishwasher is different, but most manufacturers will provide tips and tricks for using their appliance in the owner’s manual. Slow down and take a peek in the manual for ways to optimize the performance of your particular machine.

 

2.  Only Run a Full Load

It can be tempting to run a partial load, but if you want to save on energy costs, wait for a full load instead. This practice maximizes each dollar you are spending on energy costs and your water bill. Can’t stand the idea of dirty dishes lurking about? Load them into the dishwasher as you dirty them and then run a rinse only cycle if you just can’t stand to wait a day for washing.

 

3.  Do Not Pre-Rinse

Did you know you can save 55,000 gallons of water over the life of your dishwasher, just by skipping the pre-rinse in the sink? That’s huge cost savings! Instead of rinsing, just thoroughly scrape all the scraps into the trash can. Today's dishwashers are equipped to handle the grime and grit that might be leftover.

 

4.  Run Your Dishwasher at Night

There are several cost savings benefits to running your dishwasher at night, as opposed to during the day. For one, many energy companies charge less for “off peak” hours than they do for daytime hours. Secondly, running your dishwasher can create heat, which adds to the strain on your air conditioner. And since we live in Texas, we know this is used during the majority of the year! Running the dishwasher at night, when the home is naturally cooler, reduces cooling costs.

 

5.  Skip the Drying Cycle

Simply choose not to run the drying cycle and you’ll save money in the process. Instead, invest in a high quality rinse aid that will dissolve spots and water marks, then pop your dishwasher open to let dishes air dry right after the cycle ends.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is committed to helping you make the most of your appliances. As always, should you ever need Dallas appliance repair, call us today! 

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How to Make your Dishwasher More Energy Efficient

We’re all looking for ways to save money and save the environment – even better when you can accomplish both with just a few simple changes.

Dishwashers use a lot of energy and water, but there are some small things you can do to cut utility bills and feel good about reducing your carbon footprint:

 

1.   Only Run a Full Load

This may seem simple, but avoid running a load unless it is completely full. This saves energy and water consumption. If having dirty dishes sitting stagnant bothers you, run your dishwasher’s rinse cycle for a quick rinse before washing a full load.

 

2.   Wash During Off-Peak Hours

Many dishwashers these days are equipped with a delayed start or overnight setting. Some utility companies even offer incentives or discounts for using energy during off-peak hours.

 

3.   Use the Dishwasher as a Heat Source

In the winter, running a dishwasher during the day or first thing in the morning can give off heat that will help boost the temperature of your home and reduce the burden on your home’s heater. Likewise, do not run the dishwasher during the heat of a summer day, causing more work and heat in the kitchen for the air conditioner to cool.

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4.   Skip the Drying Cycle

Save energy by skipping your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Instead, make sure you are using rinse aid – which will speed the drying process – and pop the door open after the wash cycle ends for dishes to air dry.

 

5.   Don’t Pre-Rinse Dishes

This one may be controversial for the die-hard pre-rinser, but would help conserve water! Most dishwashers are well equipped to clean your dishes, even if they aren’t pre-rinsed. Give it a try if you dare!

 

If you don’t feel like your dishwasher is running as efficiently as it should, then it may need appliance repair. Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is a leader in Dallas appliance repair and can get a repairman out to your home quickly to diagnosis and fix the issue. Give us a call today for all your dishwasher repair needs!

Appliance Rescue Tipline: Help! Something Melted in my Dishwasher!

As an appliance repair company in Dallas, we’ve heard this phrase before! And we don’t blame you.

 

We know you put all the plastic items perfectly organized on the top rack, but somehow during the cycle, that pesky plastic utensil slipped through the cracks and landed on your heating element in the bottom of your dishwasher.

 

So now, you’re left with the pungent smell of burning plastic and no clue how to get it off without dishwasher damage. Follow these easy steps from Appliance Rescue to remove melted items from your dishwasher:

 

Step 1: Disconnect the Dishwasher

Locate the power cord (normally under the sink beside the dishwasher) and disconnect the unit from all power sources.

Step 2: Finish Unloading Dishes/Cool Dishwasher

Take all dishes out of the dishwasher for easier assess to the burning issue at the bottom of your dishwasher. While unloading, the dishwasher will cool. Do not attempt to remove the melted item before the dishwasher is completely cooled off.

Step 3: Remove Melted Item

The best way to do this is to grab some ice from the freezer, put it in a Ziploc bag, and place the ice on the melted object. The ice will help the plastic harden, which helps make it easier to remove. Gently pry the plastic item away from the heating coil, carefully avoiding any damage to the coil or pulling hard enough to disrupt the brackets holding it in place.

Step 4: Remove Plastic Residue

Grab some acetone-based nail polish remover and put some on a clean cloth. Apply the cloth of nail polish remover to the melted plastic residue for at least 5 minutes, then begin scrubbing until all plastic is removed.

Step 5: Clean the Heating Element

Put a little dish soap and warm water on a sponge and gently clean the heating element to remove any remaining plastic or nail polish remover. Rinse and repeat until you are satisfied.

 

If you are still concerned about ruining the heating element, you can always call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! Our team will take care of your appliance repairs in no time, with fast, courteous service that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Why Our Customers Love Appliance Rescue!

At Appliance Rescue, we love feedback. Really, we do. It helps us know how we’re doing, what areas we are excelling in, and what areas could use some improvement.

 

What we really, really love is when we receive positive feedback from satisfied customers who want to tell their friends about Appliance Rescue Service and keep coming back year-after-year with their business.

We’ve been fortunate to receive quite a few of these reviews over the years, and here are just a few reasons why our customers love bringing their appliance repair issues to Appliance Rescue:

 

“Appliance Rescue technicians are exceptionally professional and courteous. They clean up from their work. Any costs are clearly explained. Appliance Rescue would be my first call if I ever had a repair issue.” – Nedra in Richardson, Texas

We’re proud that our customers see how talented our technicians are! Each technician goes through rigorous training on all the major appliance brands – Whirlpool, Maytag, Bosch, Samsung, etc. – and can speak confidently about what the issues are before any work is done. Our guys will answer any questions you have about the Dallas appliance repair; they’ll even offer up tips for how to better maintain the appliance in the future!

 

“They were polite and punctual. I would recommend their service to anyone needing repairs.” – Beverly in Wylie, Texas

When you call Appliance Rescue Service for your appliance repair, you don’t have to worry about when we’ll arrive or if our technician will arrive when he says he will. We know many companies offer a “window of service” and you have to set aside half your day to take care of an issue, but expect our technicians to operate differently. Our technicians pride themselves on punctuality and strong communication from start to finish.

 

“I have used Appliance Rescue Service for about 6 or 7 years, and I like that they are very nice people who do exactly what they tell you they will do.” – Suzanne in Dallas, Texas

Repeat business is always a sign we are dong something right, and we are proud to have many customers who have become friends over the years due to their repeat business. With Appliance Rescue there is no “run around.” We present all estimates before any work is done, talk you through the work to be done, and then only perform work when you say go. Pure and simple.

 

These are just a few of the stellar customer reviews we’ve received recently. Thank you to all of our customers for their loyalty and referrals! If you are in need of appliance repair in Dallas, give Appliance Rescue a call today to see the difference!

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How to Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

You run your dishwasher every day (or nearly every day), so it should be sparkling clean, right?!

 

Wrong.

 

From talking with countless customers about their home appliance repairs, at Appliance Rescue, we have come to realize that this is a common misconception. In order to keep dishes spotless and extend the life of your dishwasher, deep clean your dishwasher with these simple tips:

 

Step 1: Clean the Filters

As a good rule of thumb, remove and clean your filters every time you re-add rinse aid. Remove the filter(s) and soak them for approx. 10 minutes in warm, soapy water. Scrub off any remaining particles of gunk that are stuck in the filter. Keeping the filters clean adds efficiency and longevity to your dishwasher.

 

Step 2: Run a Vinegar Cycle

Vinegar is one of the simplest and time-proven cleaning agents there is. With its acidic nature, vinegar can be used to clean nearly anything! Splash a cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before running a cycle to boost cleaning performance and cut through grit and grime stuck inside the washer.

 

Step 3: Run a Baking Soda Cycle

Now that you’ve cleaned with vinegar, pack a one-two punch with baking soda! Baking soda neutralizes odor. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your machine, let it sit overnight, then run another empty cycle.

 

Step 4: Scrub the Crevices

Grab a small cleaning brush – such as a toothbrush – and scrub any remaining debris, particularly in the crevices and in the door seal. The door seal is an easily forgotten part of the dishwasher where grime likes to hide. And don't forget to wipe down the control panel and handle on the exterior!

 

Follow these steps to a cleaner dishwasher, and remember, if you ever have dishwasher issues and need dishwasher repair in Dallas, the experts at Appliance Rescue Service are just a phone call away. We provide the best customer service in town, proudly serving Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Richardson, Irving, Forney, Las Colinas, and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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