The dishwasher, also unofficially known as the wives’ best friend in the kitchen, is an indispensable household appliance that can save a lot of time, effort and even money as well. Basically, homeowners don’t need to do the dishes on their own, they just put them in the dishwasher, press a couple of buttons and enjoy having clean dishes after a short while.
However, dishwashers are a bit more interesting and that. They can even be customized and they have a rather impressive lifespan. If you want to know more about this magic appliance that saves you so much time every day then here are a couple of interesting facts about dishwashers.
• A dishwasher can last for about 10 years.
This is true, if the dishwasher is properly maintained and minor damages are fixed quickly, it can actually last up to 10 years. During this timeframe, a homeowner can also save money because he won’t be investing in brand new dishwashers and he will also save a great deal of time as well.
• A dishwasher runs around 200 cycles each year.
More exactly, about 210 cycles are washed annually and this means using the dishwasher about 4 times every week. Those homeowners who use the dishwasher even more frequently should seriously think about getting a more economical and eco-friendly dishwasher, in order to save energy and money in the long run.
• A dishwasher usually uses about 5 gallons of water per cycle.
This accounts for approximately 1000 gallons of water each year. Again, if a homeowner wants to save money, he might want to get an ENERGY STAR dishwasher which is much more economical and which can only use around 800 gallons of water every year. Although such eco-friendly dishwashers are a little bit more expensive, the homeowner will save a lot of money in the following months.
• Pre-rinsing the dishes before washing is not really a good idea.
First of all, pre-rinsing the dishes before washing them can waste a lot of time and effort, about 230 hours each year, to be more precise. Additionally, it can also waste a lot of water and cleaning products as well. Secondly, pre-rinsing the dishes can actually cause more harm than good to the plates because these days, the detergents are specially designed to remove the food particles from the dishes. If there are no food remains, the detergents will attack the surface of the dishes, making them weaker and more prone to damages.
• Dishwashers can have various basket configurations.
Some homeowners have plates and glasses which feature a rather odd shape. Still, this doesn’t mean that these items cannot be properly washed by a modern dishwasher. Luckily, there are a lot of types of baskets and dishware trays on the market these days which can fit perfectly in any dishwasher and which can easily hold odd-shaped plates and glasses. As a result, the dishes can be cleaned successfully and the cost of these custom baskets is not high either.
• Today’s dishwashers are very quiet.
Modern dishwashers are extremely high-tech these days and this is very convenient for every homeowner. For example, most modern dishwashers run at around 40 dB. Just to put things into perspective, the sound level in a library is around 30dB. Thanks to the fact that dishwashers are so silent, homeowners can easily take a nap in the middle of the day while this kitchen appliance does the dishes for them. Also, modern dishwashers are equipped with LEDs which indicate if the appliance is running or not.
• Dishwashers should be cleaned from time to time.
Although most people believe that the dishwashers should be clean all the times (because they wash other things), in some cases they can actually get quite greasy and dirty and this can affect the cleaning process. To prevent this, homeowners are advised to clean the inside of the dishwasher from time to time with basic cleaning products and towels. This will also prolong the lifespan of the dishwasher.
• Plastic items are not allowed in the dishwasher.
There are a number of items which are not really safe to be washed by a dishwasher. For example, homeowners should never place iron, crystal, fine china or hand painted dishes in the dishwasher because the appliance will not perform at its best and it can even be damaged in the long run. Additionally, plastics which are not labeled “dishwasher safe” shouldn’t be placed inside the dishwasher whatsoever.
Luckily, if you follow the last two pieces of advice, your dishwasher won’t be damaged in the near future. However, if you encounter any problems with your dishwasher or any other kitchen appliance then don’t despair. Give us a call, tell us more about the problems you have with your appliances and we are more than glad to fix them for you for a small price.