Helpful Hints For Your Dishwasher
Todays modern dishwashers are built to save water and for cost of production, not longevity. You can spend $200 or $2000 on a dishwasher and they will both break down. I know because I have worked on all of them over the years. When you go to choose a dishwasher to buy, buy one with the features you like and the style you want. Don't spend extra money because you think it will last longer, chances are it won't.
Dishwashers are built to save water and many times will not wash out excess soap, causing build up that can damage your pumps and at the least keep your dishes from getting clean.
Dishwashers are particular on what type of soap is being used. After years in the service industry, I have found that over all, liquid soap is a bad thing to use. The biggest problem is that it is packaged in a squeeze bottle and it is way too easy to put too much in the soap dispensor. In the short term you get grit, spots and soap residue on your dishes. In the long term the stuff turns to glue in the works of your dishwasher and can cause expensive problems.
Limit the amount of soap you use to two tablespoons if you are using a soap that is in a bulk package, that is not a pod or premeasured package. I recommend a pre measured tablet like Finish, this product has a proper measure of soap and a rinse aid component as well. If you have water spots on glasses after useing Finish you may want to use a liquid rinse aid as well by filling your dishwasher's detergent cup with it. Rinse aid will also help dishes dry, however plastic utensils dishes and glasses will not dry completely.
Too much soap causes a varity of problems.
1. Oversudsing.
     Oversudsing causes the water sensors in many machines to become confused, thinking the dishes are still dirty, the machine continues to wash and wash to get the dishes clean when really there are just too many suds. You are left wondering why the dishwasher keeps running for hours, and oversudsing is usually why. Use only soap made for the dishwasher in your machine to avoid problems. DO NOT use regulat dish soap.
2. Soap build up in your machine.
    Using too much soap can build up in your dishwasher because it uses much less water than the old models. The rinse cycle or even an extra rinse may not be enough to get all the soap rinsed out. This results in a cycle of build up that wears out your machine more quickly than it should, and causes more wear and tear on the working parts in your machine. Your dishes will come out with a white powdery film on them when the soap builds up too much.
3. I really don't have to tell you how much dish soap costs, use less, save money and hassles by using only two tablespoons or the pre measured packets.
4. Clean out your dishwasher if you think you have been using too much soap. Yes, you could buy the expensive tablets and powders that are out there for sale, but why spend the extra money. Buy a bottle of CLR, yes, the Calcium, Lime, Rust stuff. Run an empty load in your dishwasher, normal cycle is fine. Let the washer fill until it starts to wash,  open the door, (open slowly and just a crack at first, till the wash pump stops) and pour in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the CLR right into the standing water. Push "start" again and let the machine wash for about a minute to mix it up. After a minute, open the door again and just let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes. When time is up, close the door, push "start" again and let it finish the cycle. Some dishwashers do not have to be started every time and will start automatically when you close the door. After the cycle is finished the washer is ready to wash dishes again. If an oversudsing condition has been going on a long time, you may need to repeat the above treatment another time or so. If you still have problems give me a call and we can schedule an service call.
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