3 Myths, Debunked, About Your Dishwasher

Posted on: 20 November 2018

Whether you use it multiple times per day or just periodically when you have guests over, your dishwasher may be one of your favorite appliances in the home. From cleaning the dinner dishes to sanitizing baby bottles, the appliance can be a life saver for many. Unfortunately, most people do not realize how much care the dishwasher requires to keep it working in the best way possible. Learning the truth behind these common myths will help you use and maintain your dishwasher with ease.

Loading Doesn't Matter

If you are like a lot of people, you will place dishes, pots, pans, cups, and utensils in the dishwasher without giving it much thought. While shocking for some people to learn, others will just throw items into the dishwasher without worrying about placing the items in between the racks and designated areas.

The racks and designated areas are designed to hold your dishes, cups, and other items properly so the sprayers can wash evenly. In addition, without loading in the racks properly, plates and cups may break, causing pieces of your items to get stuck in the drain or other areas of your dishwasher. This can reduce the dishwasher's ability to clean and drain.

Proper loading is imperative if you want your dishwasher to work effectively and without the risk of damage.

All Detergents are the Same

Another common myth you may believe is that all dishwasher detergents are the same. Again, this is not true and something owners need to understand.

Each dishwasher manufacturer recommends using a specific type of detergent whether it is a liquid gel, powder, or a dishwasher pod. To protect your new dishwasher's warranty while ensuring the appliance cleans your dishes effectively and efficiently, follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

It is also important to note that some detergents are better suited to certain types of cleaning needs. For example, if you have stubborn food residue, consider using a powder detergent, which seems to scrub away food particles.

Dishwashers Last Forever

Finally, if you do not use your dishwasher regularly, you may think it will last much longer than your other appliances. Unfortunately, your dishwasher (or other appliances) are not designed to last forever.

On average, you can expect your dishwasher to last between 7 and 12 years. Proper use, maintenance, and regular dishwasher repairs can extend the lifespan of your dishwasher. If your dishwasher is not draining or not cleaning your dishes properly even though it is loaded well, or the appliance is making loud noises, it is most likely in distress and needs repair.