It’s a long answer, because there are many things that can influence the wash performance of your dishwasher. Here we will walk through several of the things that are within the control and ability of the average consumer.
1) Run hot water at the sink faucet before starting a cycle. The hot water pipe can have gallons of cool water trapped between the dishwasher and the water heater, so evacuating this water by running the nearby faucet helps to prime the pipe with hot water, which is necessary to get good wash performance.
2) Use rinse aid. Don’t just use it, make sure that your rinse aid dispenser is set at the highest setting. The highest setting on most dishwashers dispenses approximately 3 mL or rinse aid, which performs well in reducing water spots and helping food debris to slide off of the dishes during rinse. At a default setting, only 1 mL is typically dispensed. This is simply not enough to be effective, which is part of the reason that many people imagine rinse aid to be ineffective. It’s not; it just needs to be properly administered.
3) Use an appropriate amount of detergent. Too much detergent is as bad as too little. You should use no more than necessary, and a handy solution is using a prepacked product like Finish Quantum tabs. They perform well, and keep you from overusing detergent. Free samples are available through our technicians or at our parts counter at 72nd & Dodge.
4) Use a water softener. In Nebraska we have very hard water, and this impedes our wash performance. This isn’t an option for everyone, but adding a water softener can help wash performance.
5) If all of this fails, call a certified and trained technician to look at the dishwasher. There may be a mechanical problem within the unit that can be easily solved by an expert. If you need service, please call Nebraska Home Appliance at 402-399-0202 or schedule online for all of your appliance repair needs in the Omaha metro area, including Council Bluffs.