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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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Extend the Life of your Microwave with 3 Simple Tips

Microwaves are the workhorse of the kitchen appliances. We use them throughout the day to reheat and cook and generally forget how much we rely on them until they are broken!

 

The good news is that you can extend the life of your microwave with just a few simple changes:

 

Tip #1: Clean It Regularly

While this tip holds true for preserving the life of most things, it’s especially true of microwaves. Microwaves operate using steam and microwave waves to cook your food. When spills and food particles get left on the inside of the microwave, they interfere with the cooking process. The caked on food reduces the effectiveness of your microwave and may lead to microwave repairs. It’s also important to pay attention to the seal on the microwave door and wipe it down periodically.

 

Tip #2: Cover Food While Cooking

In the vein of tip #1, cover all food while you are cooking or reheating. Covering the food reduces the likelihood of spills and splatters, but it also helps prevent food particles from getting in the air and interfering with the microwaves ability to function. Microwave filters can get clogged with grease or food debris, one of the leading causes of microwave failure

 

Tip #3: Use Microwave Safe Dishes Only

Before putting anything in the microwave, double check to see if it is “microwave safe.” While some plastics are considered microwave safe, we do not recommend heating food in them. Some studies suggest they can break down in the microwave, unknowingly contaminating food. Others tend to melt, getting stuck to the microwave and causing permanent damage.

 

When microwave issues arise, do not attempt to take the microwave apart yourself and assess the damage. Call an experienced Dallas appliance repairman like Appliance Rescue Service for all your appliance repair needs. 

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