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Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Hello Folks!  Thanks again to all my Boise and Meridian customers who tune in and read my blogs.  I will always update blog periodically and I hope these are helpful.    Today I want to talk about techniques for getting the most from your dishwasher. Detergent Clean dishes starts with the basics – good detergent.  There are many dishwasher detergents on the markets today and some get very high marks for cleaning.    My recommendation is to choose dishwasher detergent pods.  The pods contain a measured amount of detergent for the most efficient cleaning.  I recommend Finish and Cascade. Heated Dry if the wet dishes are left inside the dishwasher to “air dry” you may start to see mold buildup on the inside of the tub.  You may also start to smell a bad odor.  For this reason I don’t recommend using this.  The phrase “air dry” suggests something that it’s not.  There is very little air circulation in the tub to dry the dishes.  It is a good idea to always use “heated dry” to properly dry the dishes and prevent bacteria and mold. Heated Wash Most dishwashers have a Heated Wash function.  Using this is a good idea.  This ensures that the water temperature is high enough to properly dissolve and drain the fatty food residuals from the dishes. Proper Water Drainage All dishwashers should have a drain loop under the sink.  The drain hose should travel from the garbage disposal to near the underside of the counter-top for proper [...]

By |2020-09-08T20:11:42-06:00September 8th, 2020|Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

Lint inside the Dryer

Lint can be a real problem with dryers because it restricts the air flow inside the dryer drum during the drying cycle.  Air flow in the drum during the drying cycle is very important because the moisture from the wet clothes needs to be flushed out.  The air flow also needs to cool the heater element to prevent overheating and damage. The clothes will take longer to dry and also can cause damage to thermostats, heaters, and electronics. This picture shows lint buildup around the heater element and the thermostats.  This lint buildup suggests there may be a vent restriction.  Air back-pressure causes this lint to flow inwards and into the interior of the dryer. Dryer vents should be professionally cleaned at regular intervals to maintain proper dryer operation and to avoid costly repairs.  Western Appliance can recommend a good company to have this service performed.  For any questions feel free to call Rich at 208-344-4893 or visit our website at Thank you Rich

By |2019-03-14T20:26:47-06:00March 14th, 2019|Appliance Repair Boise, Dryers|0 Comments
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