Heat Dry vs. Air Dry in the Dishwasher


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Dishwashers can be tricky. Washing and drying dishes can make people curious about which cycle is better or worse when it comes the dishes. One question which has risen is whether air drying or heat drying the dishes from the dishwasher is better. No one wants to dry dishes because it can become quite a chore, but which is better. The thing is, each has their own benefits so it is based on personal preference. Read below to see which option is better for you.

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Troubleshoot the Dishwasher

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The dishwasher keeps you from having to hand-wash all those dishes that pile up throughout the day, which is a huge time saver. But what if your dishwasher is suddenly not working correctly? Before stressing out, try checking these common problems and see if you can make some small adjustments to fix it yourself! Continue reading

The Different Uses of What?

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Cleaning can be such a hassle when it comes to all the different products that are used. However, there is an item that is frequently in the home which has multiple different uses such as cleaning. Read below to see what product it is and what it can be used for.

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Dish washing Detergent v. Dish Soap!


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Dishwasher detergent and dish soap are the same thing. Wait, no they aren’t, that’s why one says dishwasher and the other says dish. But what’s the difference? Both of their product goals are to clean the dishes. Below are the reasons why maybe these different cleaning products shouldn’t be intermixed with one another.

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Clean Your Sponge and Kill Harmful Bacteria – 3 Easy Ways

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Question, what gets dirtier the more it cleans? A sponge, and in this case the kitchen sponge. It is never thought of when cleaning the dishes because most people assume it’s clean since its job is to clean; however, research shows that sponges can be dirtier than the toilet seat based on how much bacteria can accumulate overtime. If sponges are left soaking after cleaning, bacteria can begin to grow. Below are some cleaning tips to make sure that the sponge is clean while it’s cleaning.

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Why Is My Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes?


Open dishwasher with dishes in rackAre your dishes still wet after you unload your dishwasher? It can be frustrating having to wipe your dishes dry when it was your dishwasher’s job. There are various reasons why your dishwasher isn’t drying your dishes properly.

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Tips to Avoid Dishwasher Repair


Dishwashers are one of the most used kitchen appliances. It is important to preserve and increase the dishwasher’s longevity. In order to keep your dishwasher alive, you’ll need to follow these rules

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My dishwasher is not cleaning my dishes – dishwasher repair help

If your dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes properly, here are a few things to check in order to fix the problem yourself.

Clean your dishwasher

It’s tough to get clean dishes out of a dirty dishwasher. Cleaning your dishwasher on a regular basis will help it run more efficiently and get your dishes clean.

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If your dishwasher is no longer cleaning your dishes very well, here are a few simple and easy fixes you can try.

Clean the filter/drain or “trap” area at the bottom of the tub by using a cloth or paper towels to remove any excess food particles or even broken glass (be careful!). Sometimes the filter is a piece that can be removed. If so, remove and rinse away any stuck on food particles from this part in the sink. Replace the filter.

Clean the detergent dispenser. Detergent dispensers or cups can become encrusted with old soap which can prevent it from opening during the cycle. Remove any excess detergent from around and inside the dispenser.

Check the lower dishwasher spray arms to make sure the holes are free and clear of any blockage. During your dishwasher’s wash cycle, water and detergent spray through these holes to clean your dishes, so clogged spray arms might be preventing your dishwasher from properly cleaning your dishes.

To reach your lower spray arm, remove the bottom rack of your dishwasher and unscrew the lower spray arm to inspect.  Clean the spray arm with water and mild detergent if necessary. Use a tooth to pick out any food particles that are clogging the spray arm holes. If the spray arms are damaged, find the model number of your dishwasher in order to find the proper replacement part.

You can buy a dishwasher cleaner like affresh which helps destroy mineral deposit build-up from hard water along with bad smells, mildew and stains inside your dishwasher. Just drop a pod in your dishwasher’s detergent tray and run it through a regular cleaning cycle.

The vinegar and cleaners like affresh will remove any hard water deposits and leftover detergent along with any funky bad smells, leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh.

Load your dishwasher properly

Don’t overload your dishwasher racks; water and detergent need to reach the surfaces of your dishes in order to clean them. Face the dirty part of your dishes toward the center where the water from the spray arms can hit and clean them.

Don’t block the front of you dishwasher with a large pan or plate, it can prevent soap from the dishwasher’s detergent dispenser from properly mixing with the water.

Make sure your dishwasher is filling with water

After you start a normal dishwasher cycle, open the door after you hear the machine stop filling with water. The bottom tub should be filled with about three-quarters of an inch of water at least covering the heating element in the bottom of your appliance. If the water level is not correct, it could be a stuck or broken float switch. A float switch allows water to enter into the machine to a point where the float will rise up to “off” position, disconnecting power to the water inlet valve. If the switch is defective or the float is stuck in the up position, the water will not enter into the machine.


Dishwasher water inlet valve. Part number WD15X10003. for General Electric
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The water inlet valve controls how much hot water enters your dishwasher. It also has a small screen inside of it that may be blocked by dirt or debris. Either remove and clean the screen from this part, or else replace the water inlet valve altogether.

Check your pump impeller

The pump impeller, located in the dishwasher’s pump, is a round plastic fan blade that helps pressurize and circulate the water through your dishwasher’s spray arms. These parts can break over time and need to be replaced.

Check your detergent dispenser 

If the detergent dispenser is not opening, soap is not reaching your dishes. Try cleaning your detergent dispenser or checking whether a bad dishwasher timer, bi-metal release or a wax motor is preventing the dishwasher dispenser from working.

For more dishwasher repair help, visit the Dishwasher Repair Help section on www.pcappliancerepair.com.

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