When your dishes are coming out of the dishwasher cloudy or with a film on them, your dishwasher may need servicing. Nothing is worse than having to wash your dishes by hand AFTER you have already washed them in the dishwasher. So what is behind the spots and stains on your dishes?
Too Much Dish Detergent
One of the most common mistakes people make is adding in more detergent after they notice the dishes are dirty. Surely adding more detergent will help, right? Wrong. Normally, the reason for your water stains is related to hard water. If you have a water softener, plan on only using three teaspoons of detergent per detergent cup. Water that is soft at the right density will break down the food, oil, and minerals, leaving behind cleaner dishes.
Heat up the Water
Another way to help your dishwasher is by heating up the water before you turn on the dishwasher. What does this mean exactly? Most dishwashers are connected to the same water line as your sink. Simply turn on your faucet and wait until the water in the faucet is hot, then turn on the dishwasher. What this helps to do is prevent the dishwasher from starting off with cold water mixed with a little bit of warm water to start the initial cleaning cycle. Incoming faucet water needs to be 120-140 degrees F in order to clean the dishes, and allow the detergent to work.
We always recommend using rinse aid with your dishes. Rinse aid will help to clean the dishes and prevent spots during drying time. Think of it like the “Spot Free Rinse” you have sprayed on your car in the wash. The Rinse-aid allows the water to slide off the dishes easily, reducing the amount of spotting.
Clean the Dishwasher
Like any appliance, a dishwasher will need maintenance from time to time. We highly recommend using a cleaner insider the dishwasher once a month and running an empty cycle of dishes. This will help to remove any excess detergent buildup, and cleans out the hoses from the dishwasher to the plumbing system.
If you have a dishwasher that is still giving you issues, call Vanderdoes Home Services today for dishwasher repair in Weber County. You may reach us by calling 801.731.7150 or you may use our online contact form.