How to Properly Load Your Dishwasher

Loading your dishwasher may seem like a trivial and easy task, however, a little extra advise and help is sometimes needed. Properly loading a dishwasher will help with cleaning and can prevent some nasty accidents from happening.

To prevent these accidents from happening always think about safety first when loading. Most dishwashers come with a silverware basket that can be installed into the lower rack or attached to the door. Be sure to place any sharp objects, knives especially, facing downward in the basket. Also make sure that they are kept away from the rubber door seal as puncturing it will cause leaks.

Upper rack. The upper rack of the dishwasher is used for plastics (check our tech tip on drying plastics), small plates, and glasses. Please make sure all plastics that are loaded into the dishwasher are safe for the dishwasher. If they are not you will run the risk of creating a mess. When loading the upper rack make sure dishes are not touching and are face down. This will reduce the risk of breaks and make sure that food is not trapped and gets washed away.

 

Lower Rack. The lower rack is designed for larger dishes and heavier items. When loading the lower rack make sure the dishes are soiled side down toward the wash arm. Before beginning the cycle there are two things to check for on the lower rack. First, make sure nothing is hanging below the rack. This will prevent the wash arms from turning which will greatly hinder cleaning. Second, check to make sure nothing is blocking the detergent door. This happens to the best of us from time to time and will prevent the detergent from being able to do its job.

Lastly, make sure you are using a detergent designed for the dishwasher. The most preferred detergent is the tablet form. We will cover more on this topic in future blogs.

Tech tip: Plastics do not dry will. This is due to the fact that plastics are more porous than glassware and they do not retain heat. Drying is dependent on water sheeting off of your dishes (enter rinse-aid) and you dishes heating up. If you have to dry your plastics at the end of the cycle do not worry, this is normal. 

If you are having other issues with your Whirlpool dishwasher, give us a call at (865)947-4100 and we will be happy to send one of your factory trained technicians to your home. Thank you for allowing ARSI to serve your family!